Homerton College Boat Club (or HCBC as it is often abbreviated) is the rowing club for members of Homerton College, University of Cambridge and was founded in 1978. The HCBC colours are navy blue with white trim, although for racing the Men’s First Boat usually wears zephyrs that are white with blue trim and the Lower Boats wear blue with white trim. In 2013 red piping was added to the design of the rowing onesies as shown in the image below. It is traditional to wear a sock of each of the boat club’s colours when racing with a blue sock on the foot opposite the rigger. HCBC share the First and Third Trinity Boat Club’s boathouse and has its boats racked there.
Homerton College Boat Club first competed in the women’s Lent and May Bumps in 1978, four years after the women’s Bumps divisions commenced in the Mays, and two years after women’s racing began in the Lents. For the first ten years the Homerton Women’s First boat was consistently in the top half of the first division reaching fifth in Mays in 1985 and second in Lents in 1986.
There were many Homerton women represented in CUWBC, Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, in the 1980s and 1990s, under the guidance of veteran GB coaches Roger Silk and Ron Needs. A notable fact is that one HCBC Women’s crew won their oars in the eighties whilst being coached by Steve Redgrave, although the exact details are currently unknown.
In 1976 Homerton College became a mixed college when it was admitted as an ‘Approved Society’ into the University but it wasn’t until 1981 when the Homerton men entered a boat into May Bumps and then again in 1984. The men did not start rowing regularly until 1991 and have worked their way up the divisions going from bottom division to division three in only ten years.
The Homerton First VIII also hold the title of the most successful Bumps campaign (either Mays, Lents, or Torpids/Eights for Oxford) in Oxbridge history, advancing thirteen places in 2001 consisting of two bumps and two over bumps. Again from 2007 the First Boat turned in consistently good performances in the twice-yearly bumping races gaining four sets of blades (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012) in six years cumulating in them entering Division One in 2012.
May Bumps 2012 saw a few landmarks for the club, with M1 going up four places and definitively breaking into Division 1. M2 also went up a division, and up four places. Homerton College Boat Club also saw its first ever Men’s 3rd VIII (M3) which rowed the getting on race and subsequently flew up 6 places in Division Six, overbumping Girton and winning their blades. Mays 2012 saw HCBC as winners of the Pegasus Cup, awarded to the most successful College boat club of May Bumps annually by the Milton Brewery.
|CUBC||CUWBC||CULR||CUCBC Hon. Sec|
|2014||Mike Thorp (Blue Boat)||2011||Anna Beare (Lightweight - won)||2011||Chris Bellamy (Pres)||2005||Sam Farmer|
|2013||Henry Fieldman (Blue Boat)||2004||Rachael Hanley (Blondie)||2009||Chris Bellamy (won)||2002||Devin-Paul O'Brien|
|2013||Mike Thorp (Goldie)||2004||Catherine Sutherland (Blondie)||2005||Che Meakins (Granta)||1994||Pippa Taylor|
|2012||Mike Thorp (Blue Boat - won)||2002||Ulrike Münch-Klever (Spare)||2005||Richard Harrington (Spare)|
|2011||Mike Thorp (Blue Boat)||2001||Hannah Cadman (Lightweights)||2002||Dave Pearce (Spare)|
|2010||Mike Thorp (Goldie - won)||2001||Ruth Pidgeon (cox - Trial 8s)||1992||Fiona Pritchard (Cox)|
|2000||Dan McSherry (Goldie)||1999||Adrienne Ferguson (Lightweight)|
|1999||Dan McSherry (Goldie)||1999||Emma Wylie (Lightweight)|
|1998||Dan McSherry (spare)||1998||Emma Wylie (Lightweight)|
|1997||Suzie K. Ellis (cox, Goldie - won)||1996||J Harkins (Blondie)|
|1996||Anne Rowland (Blondie)|
|1996||Emma Wilkinson (Blondie)|
|1993||Rachel Crew (Blondie)|
|1993||Emma Wright (Blondie)|
|1992||Jenny Wagstaff (Blondie)|
|1992||Rachel Crew (Blondie)|
|1992||Francesca Chalmers (Blondie)|