We have three senior boats on the women’s side, and five senior boats on the men’s side (including the Red Boys Boat) that compete in the annual May Bumps (which, like May week, also actually happen in June).
for novices moving up into senior boats
After Michaelmas, those wishing to stay on at the boat club will be invited to one of our senior crews to begin training alongside senior rowers.
In Lent and May term, our core focus is on preparing for the College ‘Bumps’ races - which is raced in eights along the River Cam. To do this, we use a varied training programme that includes big and small boat outings (eights, quads, fours and even pairs), ergs, land training, and weights, as well as a few races. Each programme is different for each boat, with greater commitment levels and intensity for the higher boats than the lower boats. Some training sessions are also done in larger groups, such as W1 and W2 mixed weights and ergs.
The training also gradually increases over the course of the term and the year so that everyone can make the transition from the novice term as smoothly as possible, whilst continually improving on their strength, fitness and oar skills!
for experienced rowers and coxes
If you’ve rowed or coxed at a school or club, or another university, approaching rowing at Cambridge can be tricky. With its unique two tier rowing system - the college boat clubs, and the University boat clubs - it may be difficult to know where to fit in.
If you wish to pursue University rowing, LMBC is a great club to be a part of, as we can support you through the use of training facilities and small boats, and the college provides various forms of funding and financial support for members of the University Sports Clubs (more info here). Any financial support can be supplemented by the LMBC Association. University rowers return home to Maggie in the Easter term, rejoining the college rowers for the May Bumps.
If you are an experienced rower, but do not wish to join a University Boat Club, LMBC is the perfect boat club for you. As one of the most successful clubs on the Cam, LMBC currently hold both the Lents and Mays Men’s headships, and place very highly in the Women’s 1st division for the Lents and Mays. LMBC have some of the best facilities among college boat clubs, and a training programme that demands much of the dedication and perseverance of University Rowing, but on a slightly less intense schedule.
As a more experienced rower or cox, you will have the opportunity to coach novice rowers as they embark on their rowing career at Cambridge. This is a fantastic way to learn to coach, and invest in the future rowers of the club.
If you’re an experienced rower or cox thinking about applying to Cambridge, and are interested in rowing with the College or University, or just want to ask a few questions, drop us a message on our contact page or find us on Facebook and Instagram, or email one of our Committee members directly.
Ask any Maggie rower what their favourite part of being at LMBC is, and it will undoubtedly be the social benefits of the boat house. From the more informal ‘Crew Chews’ (where your crew have a group meal together, often before a race or after a training session), to the black tie Boat Club Dinners at the end of every term; there is no shortage of opportunities to get to know your fellow boaties.