Frequently Asked Questions
How much time will rowing take up?
We’re planning for a typical week of training to consist of one or two morning outings, plus an afternoon or weekend outing. Each outing will last roughly an hour and a half. We may ask for one piece of land training (a run, or timed piece on a rowing machine) per week, which would take at most an hour to complete.
What clothing or equipment will I need?
Initially, nothing special. It is enough to turn up for your Novice outings with a simple gym kit of tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt, trainers and warm jumper (important). In time, towards the end of term, we’ll arrange a kit order when you may buy PCBC ‘stash’ which might include a lycra unisuit, technical top, leggings or a splash jacket.
How does rowing fit around work?
More easily than you’d think. Almost all novices fit rowing successfully around their study, and can even get from a morning outing to a 9am lecture just fine. It is important to remember that your Cambridge experience consists of more than study alone, and that the time you invest in rowing will provide much-needed relaxation and enjoyment, not to mention its fitness benefit and the many friendships you’ll make as a result.
How do I get to the Boathouse?
Walking directions are given on the map below.Start from the back gate of College, and follow Pembroke Street until you get to John Lewis. Head across the road towards NatWest, and take Emmanuel Street past Subway towards Christ’s Pieces. You could either cross Christ’s Pieces directly or follow the road as shown on the map. Either way, continue to the roundabout then head right and cross the road towards the green open space ahead. Follow the path in a straight line, heading straight when the paths cross, and this will lead you across Midsummer Common towards the river. You’ll see Pembroke Boathouse (white and blue with a Pembroke Crest) just across the river, so take the footbridge.