Welcome to Cardiff University Rowing Club, the premier University Rowing Club in Wales!
CURC is one of the largest clubs in the Athletic Union and is renowned for its ‘Work hard, Play harder’ ethos. Unlike most clubs, we don’t do trials. We like to give everyone an opportunity to try rowing and to see what the sport can do for you.
Members with little or no rowing experience go into the Novice Men or Women’s Squad, where their captain, coaches and senior members help them develop skills and fitness. For members who are familiar with sculling and/or sweep, we have our Senior Men and Women’s squads, where training is focussed on coordinating rhythm and increasing strength. Last, but not least - unless you’re talking about height - is our cox squad who are responsible for steering the boat, syncing the crew and coaching them to the finish. The only criteria for our cox squad is being short and loud. Coxes are immersed (not literally) in all rowing training so they can adjust to coxing the Taff and develop a relationship with their crew.
Here’s one of our rowers-turned-coxes coaching the Novice Men to success in their first Varsity Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wtmLOVcu-So&app=desktop
We are extremely fortunate to work with Welsh Coach of the Year 2002, Damian Hammond. A former GB and Welsh Rowing coach, as well as a successful rower himself, his honed technique and meticulous training plans propel our athletes from strength to strength. A typical weekly training plan consists of two to three erg sessions, a supplementary weights and circuit programme and of course, water time. Water sessions typically take place in 8+, 4+ and 4- boats, however as our fleet expands, there are also opportunities for pairs and scullers, as well as heavy weight and light weight divisions. We’re proud to have a reputation as one of the hardest-working teams in the AU, however our coaches and captains ensure training fits around our timetables and allow plenty of time for exams and deadlines.
Our Winter Head Season begins with local events, such as Welsh Indoors and UBBC, where Novice Squads often come in Top 10 after little more than three months training. After Christmas, the focus turns to Worcester or BUCS Head, as well continuing to improve our ranks for HORR/ WEHORR in March. The second largest University Boat Race is a particularly exciting start to our Regatta Season; this year’s race will see whether we can bring the shield back to its rightful owners, as well as whether our Senior Women can retain their unbeaten streak for the 14th year. BUCS Regatta is the final race before our novice and senior crews merge, where each team gets to see how far they’ve come and aim for those A/B Finals. After the merge, we participate in wider events, such as Reading AM, Marlow and Henley. We regularly qualify, however this year saw our first Henley Woman’s Win since the 8+ of 2012, with High Performance Rower, Sienna Hayes, bringing the Bernard Churcher trophy to CURC.
What better way to relax after Wednesday water than by drinking pitchers from the very instrument you were rowing with earlier, in some bizarre form of fancy dress chosen by our Social Secs? Of course, if you only fancy pint in your normal clothes, we’re really not going to judge. Our weekly socials begin with Toga Toga and conclude at the end of each term with a ball, where we finally get to ditch the lycra and leggings in favour of something more sophisticated. Of course, we also mix these up with sober socials and activities, so we can get to know each other outside of training and give our livers a much-needed break in the run up to competitions. Our final social event of the year sees drink, dressing up and rowing collide, as we set up camp at Henley Royal Regatta and celebrate the end of the season. For those who prefer the latter of ‘Work hard, Play harder', we also offer a Social Membership, so you get to party as hard as a rower without the dreaded 6am the next day.
Athletes seeking a refund must inform the President or Secretary of the club who will present their case to the Committee for consideration. Athletes who have not attended ANY training sessions with Cardiff University Rowing Club will be entitled to a full reimbursement of their fee. Athletes who have undertaken some training with Cardiff University Rowing Club could be entitled to a partial refund of their membership fee, dependent on the circumstances and at the discretion of the Committee.
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