Welcome to St. Cuthbert’s Society Boat Club’s (SCSBC) website. SCSBC is the rowing club of St Cuthbert’s Society at the University of Durham founded in 1893.

The club provides its members with the opportunity to row at any level, from complete novice and social rowing to competitive rowing.

 Located on the racecourse stretch of the River Wear, our picturesque boat house is ideally placed near Durham town centre and close to both sites of St. Cuthbert’s Society.

If you would like to try rowing, sculling, coxing or would like to coach, please get in touch through the Contact page of our website.

Durham Regatta

After months of preparation the members of SCSBC found themselves in an excellent position to challenge for the honours at Durham Regatta 2015. This year, the regatta celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and enjoyed good weather (for the most part).

The racing was altogether successful for the squads. The men’s IM3 VIII were able to retain their trophy from last year, whilst the women were victorious in Sundays W.Coll.4+ competition. On Sunday, the senior men’s Coll.4+ were successful in their B final after coming up against stiff competition in earlier rounds, whilst other senior men’s IVs were able to beat the post-Cuth’s day hangovers and make progress in the competition. After their narrow loss at Hexham (a bow-ball!) the men’s novice VIII were keen on making amends. Indeed, they made it to the semi-final, but came up against an altogether stronger crew from the University of York, who went on to win the final. The W.IM2 VIII, were unlucky in their races against Hatfield and Cambois/Queen Elizabeth after a strong effort in both, but will certainly bounce back and build upon the form they showed earlier in the season. In other races, the W.IM3 IVs and VIII had a good showing. The IVs reached the latter rounds of the competition with one crew achieving a famous ‘victory’ over a Henley bound crew from Tyne that will surely go down in Cuth’s folklore! Finally, Darcey narrowly missed out winning the overall W.Nov.1x category after putting in a great performance in knocking out three opponents in the preceding rounds

A year of hard training seemed to do the trick for the fresher rowers. The recently de-noviced men’s fresher IM3 IV put in a strong performance, whilst other men’s IVs were successful in reaching the latter rounds of the competition in both the Mdn.4+ and Nov.4+ categories, with a surprise cameo by Matt Hurst in the latter. The men’s fresher VIII had a tricky draw, but put up a good fight against their initial opposition, Leeds University, who eventually made it to the finals. The women’s fresher squads were split into IVs the regatta, and were able to build upon the solid results that were made in the head season to set themselves up for more success in the following year.

The boat club had one of the strongest entries of the Durham colleges at the regatta and certainly showed its strength in depth with some notable results over the weekend. The squads will now focus on integrating before the new fresher intake, and will regroup before hitting the head season in the following academic year!

Hayward Cup

Men’s Squad The men’s squad used the excellen x12 bus service to travel to Stockton this weekend for the Hayward cup. This was a 4km head race on the river Tees organised by John Snow and Stevenson colleges. It was a nice change to get off the Wear, especially in some lovely rowing conditions in…Read More

Durham Small Boat’s Head 2015

Men’s Squad The Men’s squad had a successful day’s racing at Durham Small Boat’s Head on home water, racing against other colleges as well as other local clubs. The IM2 4+ of Fiona Hardyman, Hugh Crawshaw, J-L Wilkinson, Ross Williams and Henry Brown performed well, coming third out of the colleges and 26th out of…Read More

Rutherford Head 2014

Women’s Squad Written by Squad Captain Tabitha Serle The women’s senior squad performed very well at Rutherford Head this weekend. The IM2 4 of Rosi, Jas, Jess and Tabitha, with a fantastic surprise cox of Dan Slavin, raced well in a very competitive category, just 0.4 seconds off Hatfield, last year’s racing rivals. The IM3…Read More

SCSBC Exec 2014/15

The SCSBC Exec run the boat club and make sure everything goes to plan. Below is a short introduction to this years team..   Captain of Boats: John-Luke Wilkinson As a veteran rower, J-L has a vast knowledge and expertise in boats and rowing. His dedication and commitment to the Boat Club has been demonstrated…Read More

Tyne SBH 2014

Men’s Squad Written by Squad Captain Hugh Crawshaw The Men’s squad produced another strong performance this weekend at Tyne United Small boat’s Head. Michael Foulks, Hugh Crawshaw, Henry Brown and Rob Sinclair narrowly pipped Hild Bede to claim the fastest college time, Fiona Hardyman, J-L Wilkinson, Tim Seeger, James Coupland and Ed Williams also produced a…Read More

Tees SBH 2014

Men’s Squad Written by Squad Captain Hugh Crawshaw Cuth’s senior Men’s squad had an excellent start to the season at Tees Small Boat’s Head this weekend. Some hard and focused training during two weeks of preseason definitely seemed to pay off as all three racing fours produced some excellent results. For many of the squad…Read More


SCSBC are now recruiting for 2014/15! Come find us at Cuth’s Fresher’s Fair on Thursday 2nd October. Look out for more details over the coming weeks on our TASTER SESSION and how to get involved. If you have any questions or are looking for more info about the club, check us out or contact us…Read More