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.
If you are interested in joining this year, fill out this Rowing Interest Form and we'll get you on the water as soon as possible!
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 is our cox squad who are responsible for steering the boat, directing our crews through races and helping coach on the water. The only criteria for our cox squad is being short and loud. Coxes are immersed in all rowing training so they can adjust to coxing the Taff and forge relationships with their crews.
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
A typical weekly training plan consists of two to three erg sessions, a supplementary weights, circuit programme and of course, water training. Water sessions typically take place in 8+, 4+ and 4- boats, however as our fleet expands, there are also opportunities for pairs and scullers in both 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 Head of the Taff or Worcester, as well as continuing to improve our ranks at HORR/ WEHORR on the Thames. The second largest University Boat Race at Welsh Varsity is a particularly exciting start to our Regatta Season; this year we will be competing to retain the shield against Swansea. BUCS Regatta is the final event before our novice and senior crews merge, where each team gets to see how far they’ve come against university rowing clubs across the country. After the merge, we participate in wider events, such as Reading AM, Marlow and Henley. In the past, our women's crews have qualified for Henley Women's Regatta and with Cardiff Athletes and Alumni have qualifed and performed at the Home International Regatta.
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 a pint in your normal clothes, we’re really not going to judge. Our weekly socials begin with 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. This year we hope socials will get back to normal as restrictions continue to lift.
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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