Newcastle University Boat Club

Newcastle University Boat Club (NUBC) is the rowing club of Newcastle University, UK. Established in March 1911 as the boat club for Armstrong College, it celebrated its centenary in 2011, when was also appointed High Performance Programme for heavyweight men and women by British Rowing. In the past 20 years current students and alumni won 60 international vests for GB.

Newcastle University Boat Club
Home waterRiver Tyne
Founded1911 (1911)
AffiliationsBritish Rowing, BUCS
Northumbrian University Boat Race
Notable members
Ed Coode, Alastair Heathcote, Henry Pelly, Fred Gill
Newcastle University Boat Club
Medal record
Olympic Games
Representing  Great Britain
2004 Athens M4- Ed Coode
2008 Beijing M8+ Alastair Heathcote
World Championships
Representing  Great Britain
2001 Lucerne M4- Ed Coode
1999 St Catherines M4- Ed Coode
2010 Karapiro LTAMix4+ Kate Jones
2007 Munich M8+ Alastair Heathcote
2003 Milan M8+ Ed Coode
1997 Aiguebelette M4+ Ed Coode
World U23 Championships
Representing  Great Britain
2016 Rotterdam LM4x Ollie Varley
2000 Copenhagen W2- Ros Carslake
2018 Poznan M8+ William Stewart
2016 Rotterdam W8+ Sasha Adwani
2016 Rotterdam W8+ Emily Ford
2016 Rotterdam M4- James Rudkin
2014 Varese W8+ Nicole Lamb
2013 Linz W8+ Nicole Lamb
2005 Amsterdam LM4x Stephen Feeney
1996 Hazewinkel M4+ Ed Coode
2015 Plodviv W8+ Nicole Lamb
2015 Plodviv W4- Emily Ford
2013 Linz LW4x Gemma Hall
2012 Trakai M4- George Rossiter
2011 Amsterdam M8+ George Rossiter
2007 Stratchlyde M4+ George Laughton
Representing  Ireland
2018 Poznan LM4x Ryan Ballentine
European U23 Championships
Representing  Great Britain
2017 Kruszwica M8+ Will Stewart, Alex Haynes
World University Championships
Representing  Great Britain
2018 Shangaii M8+ James Robson
2016 Poznan M8+ Tim Clarke
2016 Poznan M4- Oli Knight, Tom Ford
2014 Gravelines M8+ Sam Arnot, Tim Clarke, Tom Ford, George Rossiter
2010 Szeged M8+ Henry Pelly, Fred Gill, Stephen Feeney
2006 Trakai M2x Henry Pelly, George Laughton
2018 Shangaii W2- Frances Russell
2014 Gravelines LW2x Gemma Hall
2012 Kazan M8+ Ed Ford, Tim Clarke
2014 Gravelines LM4- Nick Buckle
2008 Belgrade M4+ George Laughton
2008 Belgrade M2- Mason Durant, Fred Gill
Australian Youth Olympics
Representing  Great Britain
2013 Sydney W4- Nicole Lamb
2013 Sydney W2- Nicole Lamb
2013 Sydney W8+ Nicole Lamb
Commonwealth Rowing Championships
Representing  Northern Ireland
2006 Stratchlyde M2x Richard Francis

Training facilities

The club trains on the River Tyne from a purpose-built boathouse on the south bank of the river in the village of Newburn, five miles upriver from the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Built in the 1950s, the boathouse is home to the clubs boats, private single sculls and coaching launches; was redeveloped with work finished in 2011. Rowers have access to 35 km (22 mi) of tidal water, extending from the picturesque parkland around Wylam, through the former industrial heartland of the city to Tynemouth. Whilst most training places place along the Wylam, Newburn and Blaydon stretches of river, extended paddles offers crews the opportunity to row under the famous Tyne Bridge on Newcastle's quayside.

Land training takes place at two sites within the city itself. The club uses the University Sports centre in Newcastle and Sports ground at Longbenton, with Concept2 rowing ergometers, RowPerfect and Concept2 Dyno machines and a fully stocked free weights suite. The club also has use of the University's main sports centre, with access to further rowing machines, weights facilities, fitness suite and sports halls for circuit training. Through the University's performance sports programme, elite rowers get access to free physiotherapy, sports massage, nutritional expertise and strength and conditioning coaching.

Boathouse refurbishment

The club's current boathouse was built in 1953, and by 2009 was in a poor state of repair. Additionally, the growth of the club since 2005 meant that storage space was at a premium and expansion of existing boat racking was essential. In late-2009 the decision was taken by the University to commit £500,000 to a complete refurbishment of the building. When completed, the new facility will have brand new changing/showering facilities, warm-up/stretching area, kitchen and video analysis/meeting room. The existing boat storage area will be refitted with new sliding racks and a dedicated maintenance bay will be created. An additional boat shed has been constructed next to the current building, and it was completed in 2011.


Italian coach, Angelo Savarino was appointed Head Coach of the club in 2005. Since then he has overseen a remarkable transformation of the club, with highlights including winning the Prince Albert Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2008, 2013 and 2017 and placing 7th at the Head of the River Race. The club has been a consistently strong performer at the British University and Colleges Sport Regatta, placing second overall in 2012. The club employs assistant coaches Alex Leigh, who coaches the Women's team and Ciro Prisco who coaches the Men's Squad. The club also relies on a strong network of experienced volunteer coaches.



In 1904, Armstrong College was founded in Newcastle upon Tyne to teach physical sciences. At this time it was part of Durham University and the boat club – established in March 1911 – held the same status as other Durham colleges and competed in intercollegiate events. One of the first races was against the varsity third crew, who they beat and whose place they subsequently took at Durham Regatta. In 1924, a women's club was established and in 1929, the growing success of the club prompted to construction of a new boathouse on the River Tyne at Stella Haugh, the site of the Battle of Newburn.

The Boat Race of the North

The Boat Race of the North is an annual challenge between the Universities of Durham and Newcastle in a similar vein to the more famous Oxbridge Boat Race. It is now in its 15th year (2015). Although the event has been traditionally dominated by Durham, the Newcastle team were the overall winners for the first time in 2009, and retained the trophy since. The event is held annually on the River Tyne in central Newcastle upon Tyne in May and is well supported by local spectators. The event comprises 4 races: Men's Championship 8, Women's Championship 8, Men's Novice 8 and Women's Novice 8. The overall event winners are the University winning at least 3 races (a draw, with 2 races won each, leads to retention of the trophy by the previous year's winner). The 2010 races took place on 9 May. Both Universities won 2 races: the event was therefore drawn and Newcastle retained the trophy. From 2011 to 2014 the event resulted in a forfeit to Newcastle University as Durham University declined to race. The Boat Race was back again in 2015 with Newcastle winning the two Championship events, and Durham the two Novices, with Newcastle retaining the trophy. In 2016, two new events were added: men's and women's reserves, Newcastle winning the two championship and reserve events, and Durham the two Novices. Newcastle won the trophy.

National and international achievements

Since 1996 Newcastle students have been competing and medalling at the U23, Senior and University World Championships and other International Competitions such European Universities Championships, Duisburg Regatta, Memorial Paolo d'Aloja Regatta and Essen Regatta, with victories as well in UK at National Championships, Marlow Regatta, pennants in the Head of the River Race and Women's Eights Head of the River Race, wins at Henley Women's Regatta and at Henley Royal Regatta.

The Club won the Victor Ludorum at the British University Sports Association (BUCS) Regatta in 2016 and 2018, having been runners-up in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012. The 2008 BUCS Regatta saw NUBC winning 4 out of 7 heavyweight events. NUBC came third in V.L. in 2010. In the 2011 BUCS regatta, the Newcastle men were winners in the Championship eight, coxed four and pair, and retained the Championship eight and pair titles in 2012.

Athletes from the club have recently and consistently won medals at World University Championships and U23 World Championships.

Henley Royal Regatta (HRR) and Henley Women's Regatta (HWR) Wins

Event[1] Regatta Winning Year Winning Crew
Championship Quadruple Sculls. The Borne Cup. HWR 2018 N. Lamb, A. Bowman, L. Anderson, F. Russell
Championship Lightweight Single Sculls. The George Innes Cup. HWR 2018 F. Chestnutt,
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup HRR 2017 W.New, A.Haynes, J.Robson, W.Stewart, A.Turner cox
Senior Coxless Fours. The Frank Harry V Cup. HWR 2017 E. Ford, L. Anderson, F. Russell, N. Lamb
Academic Eights. The Colgan Foundation Cup HWR 2017 K. Woolley, L. Knight, K. Eccles, A. van der Braak, C. Dobson, S. Denton-Chandler, P. Truett, L. Stanhope, C. Hill cox
Academic Eights The Sharp Cup HWR 2016 H.Roddy, L.Davis, I. Leigh, H. Brackenbury, C.Browne, R.Bennewith, B.Mullan, R.Price, E.Wood cox
Elite Coxless Fours The Avril Vellacott Cup HWR 2015 E.Ford (composite crew)
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup HRR 2014 J.Holst, T.Ford, J.Rudkin, S.Arnot, C.McRoberts cox
Elite Lightweight Quad Sculls The Rankine Trophy HWR 2014 G.Hall (composite crew)
Senior Coxed Fours The Frank Harry Cup HWR 2013 N.Lamb, N.Hardy, N. Hardy, R.Rust, L.Dobson cox
Elite Quad Sculls The Borne Cup HWR 2013 G.Hall (composite crew)
Elite Lightweight Quad Sculls The Rankine Trophy HWR 2013 G.Hall (composite crew)
Senior Eights The GP Jeffreis Cup HWR 2012 N.Lamb, I.Vyvyan, P. Neill, G.Hall, H.Broad, C.Irving, G.Parry, R.Rust, L.Dobson cox
Academic Eights The Pricewaterhouse Coopers Cup HWR 2009 L.Woods, E.Field, R.Skarra, M.Flaate, A.Wilson, A.Hodges, M.Jones-Walters, E.Earp, R.Macphee cox
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup HRR 2008 N.O'Reilly, M.Wilcojc, M.Durant, F.Gill, C.Johnson cox
Intermediate College Coxed Fours HWR 1995 R.Ingledew, R.Turner, E.Ogren, J.Maguire, J.Knight cox

See also


  1. "Past Results". Newcastle Rowing. Retrieved 10 September 2013.

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