Whether you are an experienced rower or a complete beginner in search of a new sport there is something for everyone at CURC. With a strong novice program for beginners and rapidly developing senior squads, including links with the Welsh National Squad, for those with higher aspirations.


Wednesday 25th September AU Sports Fayre 

Saturday 28th September Alumni Regatta   

Sunday 29th September Meet & Greet

Wednesday 2nd October Freshers Intro Afternoon

Wednesday 2nd October TOGA Social 







Check out the squad pages for more details and please do not hesitate to contact our captains or committee members for more information.








CURC Athelete to get GB Vest

   We would like to congratulate Josh Bugajski (sitting in the 2 seat below) who has been selected to represent GB in the quadruple sculls at this years Under 23 World Championships in Lithuania from 13th-15th July 2012.


     This is a great performance from some one who has been in the sport for such a short space of time. He started to row in October 2010 .When he competes at The Under 23 Championships he will have been rowing for 1 year and 9 months. I understand this will be the shortest period of time by a male rower representing GB from starting in the sport to competing at the Under 23's (By 1 month).



   It is also the 1st time for a very long time since a Welsh based rower has represented GB at a senior level whilst still based in Wales. This is obviously a fantastic achievement for him individually but it would not have happened if we had not had great support he has recieved from Sport Wales and the WARA academy.




To top off what has been an outstanding year for CURC's women's squad, which included two WeHORR pennants, and countless other success', our girls won the PwC Cup for Intermediate 8+ at Womens Henley 2012. The crew of Rosie Owens, Kat Heine, Francesca Hinds, Sarah Goodison, Helen Roberts, Beccy Girling, Nel Castle-Smith, Cari Davies and Penny Challens (Cox) and their coaches Jonathan Cheeseman and Ian Shore showed that talent and training combine to create what was an unbeatable crew. 

Also, congratulations to the other womens crew who came 14th in the same category but unfortunately did not get to compete in side by side racing due to the adverse weather condition. Well done to both crews, lets carry the sucess into next year!


Welsh Varsity Boat Race

Official Opening to Varsity 2012

   The VIIth annual Welsh Varsity Boat race will take place in Cardiff on the River Taff, on Saturday 28th April. This year, it is set to be the official opening to the Varsity games to take place during the following week, with the Varsity Rugby match taking place on Wednesday 2nd May.

   During the day, a fully licensed outdoor bar will be available at Channel View (finish line), as well as hot food (burgers etc.).During the evening, we have the Welsh Varsity Boat Race Dinner, to be held at 'Park House Club'.



Spectators are encouraged to attend during boating at channel view as well as after racing at 1600 for the presentation of awards. During racing Clarence Road bridge offers an excellent vantage point, and the embankment all the way up the river offers a clear view of the racing course. Each race includes a row past of the millennium stadium to showcase the crews of this year Welsh Varsity Boat Race.

0900 - All competitors to arrive at Channel View
0930 - Cox briefing
1000 - Competitors briefing
1015-1030 - Photos and Senior Men weigh-in


1115 - Novice Women (boating at 1040)
1215 - Novice Men (boating at 1140)
1315 - Senior Women (boating at 1240)
1415 - Senior Men (boating at 1340)


1600 - Awards Ceremony (Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Pete Gardner TBC)
1700 - All to prepare for Welsh Varsity Boat Race Dinner
1830 - Arrive at Park House Club drinks reception

   Since 2006, the rivalry between Cardiff University Rowing Club and Swansea University Rowing club has been ignited by this event. Don't miss out on the action!


HORR 2012

   Following the success of Cardiff University Rowing Club's Women's Squad last Saturday as they took to the waters of London's Tideway in the world's biggest head race 'The Women's Head of the River'; reassessment of the novice women's times, saw Catherine College - Cambridge disqualified, meaning the novice women achieved the novice pennant, whilst the seniors achieved the pennant for the IM3 category, (Correction from Gair Rhydd, 12/03/12). Four members of Cardiff University Senior Men's Squad saw further success as they represented Wales, rowing for Rhwyfo Cymru, at the Men's Head of the River Race held on 6.8km of the Thames between Putney and Mortlake.

   The strong Welsh Crew consisting of Robbie Massey (6), Joshua Bugajski (4), Jack Thomas (2) and Pete Robinson (Bow), took to the Thames on Saturday with a start position of 282nd, after battling it out with 404 other crews, of which 9 were overtaken, the Welsh Rowing finish time of 18minutes and 47seconds saw the athletes take the IM3 pennant, falling just shy of the IM2 winner's time (London Rowing Club), finishing 38th overall.

   Two other crews entered by the university also achieved strong results, where the Senior Men's crew consisting of Sarah Davies (Cox), Daniel Hart (Stroke), Vince DeLuca (7), Chris Morris (6), Joe Avery (5), Sam Vatvani (4), Santiago Borges Rodriguez (3), Tom Tilston (2) and James Stringfellow (Bow) finished comfortably in 19minutes 44seconds, whilst the novice men finished with a time of 21minutes and 6seconds.

   It has been an absolutely brilliant start to this years rowing season having been the only club in the UK, as well as Overseas, to take three pennants in the worlds largest and most prestigious head race. It really pays tribute to all the hard work the athletes have put in with their winters training, and can only encourage the club to advance and grow in this Olympic year. Congratulations to all involved and best of luck as you look forward to the regattas season!



   Crew from Left to Right (Bows to Stern): Pete Robinson (Bow), Jack Thomas (2), Matt Hnatiw (3), Josh Bugajski (4), Daniel John (5), Robbie Massey (6), Joe Guppy (7), James Loveday (Stroke) and Morgan Baynham-Williams (Cox). 


WeHORR 2012

   The weekend saw a great performance from the CURC Athletes. Women's Eights Head of the River Race took place on Saturday on the Thames. This is one of the largest head races in the world and the pinnacle of the winter season. Cardiff women were among nearly 300 other crews who were also put their winter training to the test. With the club expanding, the women entered four crews of eight rowers, two at senior level and two at novice. Each crew produced an awesome result, achieving a better result that the previous year. The first VIII: Francesca Hinds, Rebecca Girling, Sarah Goodison, Cari Davies, Kat Heine, Rosie Owens, Nel Castle-smith, Helen Roberts and Helen Iliff (cox) won the IM3 pennant and finished in an impressive 23rd place overall. The novice women first VIII: Alina Cheeseman, Lucy Stickland, Alex Stewert, Kirsten Berggren, Anna Horne, Steph Ridge, Jess Christley and Phillipa King also won the novice academic event and came 121st overall. This has been the best set of results CURC has ever seen at this event. A massive congratulations and thank you to all those involved in the event!


   On Sunday CURC men also took to the Tideway, in preparation for their Head of the River Race (HORR) in two weeks time. Both the senior and novice crews displayed some promising results. We would like to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck for HORR, which takes place Saturday 17th March.

   Whilst the majority of our athletes were in London, some raced more locally. Frederick Esmond Ingleby Hardman hit the Taff. He won not only the IM3 singles event, beating an elite sculler, but later also won the pairs event, partnering Jamie Burns. Four Cardiff University men: Pete Robinson, Jack Thomas, Nick Moseley and Tom Hayward, who form part of Rhwyfo Cymru, also had a successful day on home water. Their VIII won its division, and was the second fastest boat of the day. They also won the 4- and 4x.

   Excellent results all around, well done to all our athletes.

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