University College Boat Club (UCBC)

University College Boat Club (UCBC): the oldest boat club and society
in Durham, rowing since 183413177781_10101489826962233_7243710485999027770_n

UCBC is Castle’s oldest sports club, and one of its largest and most successful! We have over 50 rowers and coxes of all athletic abilities. Both men and women’s squads compete to a high level, with our top boats entering a variety of collegiate, regional and national competitions. We also have numerous members who train more casually to help maintain some sort of fitness, whilst enjoying the social aspects of such a large society!

Whether you’re a seasoned rower or want to give the sport a go – the club’s novice and experienced squads cater for all levels of ability and desired commitment levels. You will see below introductions from our Men and Women’s squad Captains, and we also have novice captains who run our learn to row programme. We aim to get all new rowers integrated by Christmas so they can join the squads racing!If rowing isn’t for you, don’t be afraid to join up with our active social section which starts next week with the annual Bailey Boat Race!

Not the sporty type? Maybe coxing is your calling! Coxing is a way to get involved with rowing and take on a unique leadership role without the physical training.

If you’d like to know more or have any questions about rowing or coxing, please contact president Aidan Dike-Lawlor at or check out our social media on Facebook (, Instagram (@UCBCDurham), and if you’d like to know even more about the club, check out our new website too at!


Men’s Squad

Captain: Charles Bird –

Hi! My name is Charles, and I am the 23/24 Men’s Captain. I am a third year Geography student and have been rowing for the past seven years.

Here at Castle, Rowing is all about striking the perfect balance between fun and competitiveness. There is the opportunity to race in all three of the academic terms and we have recently bought and refurbished several boats.

If you have rowed before and would like to go straight into the Senior Men’s Squad then please contact me and I’ll be more than happy to share the summer training program with you so we can hit the ground running in October!




Women’s captain: Georgina Worton-Boughen –


I am Georgina, your Women’s Captain for 2023-24!

I am a second year Geography student and I have been a rower for 7 years. I am really excited to be captaining the UCBC women! I have a passion for rowing and helping others reach their potential. Rowing is a fun, team sport and the women’s squad are a really friendly and energetic group. The women’s squad embodies the work hard play hard ethos- Yes rowing involves commitment and drive but we have a great time off the water too at our women’s and whole club socials.

If like me, you have rowed before university be it at club or school level then please get in contact if you are keen to join straight into the senior squad.

We had a great end to last season with wins at Hexham for our women’s first 4 and 8 as well as a win for the first 4 at Durham regatta- long may this continue!

I look forward to meeting you all!