About SSBC

Sidney Sussex Boat Club is the student rowing club at Sidney Sussex College, part of the University of Cambridge. Any member of the College can join the Boat Club for free and use our facilities.

The aim of SSBC is to make rowing accessible to any member of College and to assist them in competing at whatever level they desire. In the last few years we have been represented in the squads of both , Cambridge University Boat Club, Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club, and Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, with several Sidney rowers and coxes going on to compete at the Henley Boat Races.

At home Sidney always has a strong novice presence with 3 or 4 men’s novice crews and 2 or 3 women’s novice crews training and competing in Michaelmas term. In the Lent and May Bumps we usually put out at least 3 men’s and 3 women’s senior crews. There are also plenty of opportunities for “social rowing” in the summer weather. As well as racing on the Cam, SSBC is represented at local and regional regattas, such as Bedford and Peterborough.

To see the College’s insurance letter (which also covers the Boat Club), please click here.

The Boat House

We share a boat house with Corpus Christi, Girton, and Wolfson boat clubs. ¬†Designed and opened in 1958 by noted architect David Roberts, it was the first combined boathouse amongst Oxbridge colleges and has been a Grade II listed building since 1997. ¬†It’s about a ten minute walk from College or five minutes on a bike. To get there, have a look at this map.

The boat house is home to our fleet of boats including eight VIIIs, two IV+s, and two single sculls. There are men’s and ladies’ changing rooms with toilets, showers, and lockers for valuables on the first floor.

The Erg Room

In the College gym, there are nine Concept 2 ergometers (rowing machines) for land training as a crew, including a Model E won by the Club in 2016 for placing first in an indoor rowing competition.