My name is Martina Cheadle and I am the Captain of Boats of Sidney Sussex Boat Club for the 2017-18 academic year. My rowing career is that of a complete novice, having never rowed before coming to Cambridge. Since starting in 2014 however, the Boat Club has been an integral part of my time here and I have enjoyed rowing in both our first and second women’s boats.
With around 100 undergraduates and graduates rowing and/or coxing, we are the largest society in Sidney. We have highly experienced coaches and a well-equipped boathouse shared with Corpus Christi, Girton, and Wolfson Colleges, located minutes from college. Undoubtedly, the greatest advantage of rowing for Sidney is the sheer friendliness of the club – no matter what boat, or race you are competing in, you will have a huge crowd cheering you on from the banks and beyond!
Founded in 1837 we have had many years on the Cam, and on other waters including the Thames for the Head of the River Race and the Women’s Head of the River Race. We attract a few blues each year and we have 2 to 3 men’s VIIs and 2 to 3 women’s boats each term. The majority of our rowers learn to row at college and we work hard to maintain a friendly, inclusive club spirit which encourages a continual uptake each year. We organise outings and races for as many people as want to take part, so even if you are only slightly tempted to give rowing a go then we would love to have you!
Off the river the fun continues with events such as socials, crew meals, and swaps with other colleges throughout the year. Boat Club Dinner is held at the end of each term and is a fantastic way to celebrate the successes of the term (both on and off the water). Our summer Garden Party held in Sidney Sussex gardens is another spectacular event which sees many rowers from Sidney and other colleges (including Anglia Ruskin) attend, bedecked in Blazers to enjoy Pimms and live music. With so many opportunities to get together and have a good time, the people in your crew and club often become your best friends.
For me, it is no exaggeration to say that Cambridge would not be the same without rowing and I would love to see even more people partaking in it. If you would like more information, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on the river!
Captain of Boats 2017-18