If you’ve had experience rowing or coxing, be sure to come along to our Senior Trials. This will be quite an informal afternoon with the chance to meet and row with our current seniors, get a feel for who you will be rowing with, and check out the club and equipment. Please contact us for more information.
Outings take place from our boathouse in Chiswick on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season. Additional water sessions can also be organised in preparation for important races and in June we run a more intense program in the lead up to Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Women’s Regatta.
Facilities at the boat house include a fully kitted out gym, club room with bar and KCLBC’s privately owned fleet of boats. For those with sculling experience we also have club singles and doubles, with the option of taking them to events such as BUCS regatta.
Training programs are tailored to the individual squads under the direction of the coaching team. The benefit of a thorough land training program is enormous and as such, whatever your standard, you will be expected to take part in land training to boost your fitness. The number and type of sessions varies throughout the season and includes circuit training sessions, ergos and weight training.
During the course of the year the men’s and women’s squads run several training camps in the run up to the major events, including the Tideway Heads and BUCS. These are tough weeks but the improvement seen from intensive training is enormous. Where possible these camps take place away from the Tideway, in particular making use of the facilities at Dorney Lake.
London Intercollegiate racing
For many years King’s has been the dominant force amongst the colleges and medical schools of the University of London. Racing is run by the United Hospitals Boat Club and all events are held on tideway. The UH Bumps are the highlight of the summer term, a fun style of racing that is rarely seen outside of Oxford and Cambridge! For the last three years GKT has held the Headship for the women whilst the men have been closing on the lead… Don’t be fooled by the fancy dress – winning is a serious matter!
British Rowing Heads and Regattas
KCLBC is in the prime position to enter all the main Tideway Head races, including Wehorr and Horr. We also travel slightly further afield to compete in regattas such as BUCS Head and Regatta, Metropolitan Amateur Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta.
The 2016/17 season has shown to be a successful one with wins at Vets Head and Quintin Head as well as becoming finalists at top events including BUCS Regatta, Metropolitan Regatta and Henley Women’s Regatta. We hope to follow and expand on these achievements in the 2017/18 season.
Rowing at King’s is not all hard work! We go on regular pilgrimages to student bars after training on Wednesdays and put on club meals at the boat house, not to mention annual events to include Cambridge Tour, Club Cocktails, Christmas Dinner, Club Curry, AGM and the infamous pudding races.