The Women’s Boat Club

The women's boat club was formed in 1973 under the name Queen Margaret of Anjou Boat Club (QMABC). The name QMABC was dropped in 1996, and since then all King's crews since have rowed under King's College Boat Club. In 1973, Sally Millership also coxed the Men’s 2nd VIII, being prevented from coxing M1 as the Amateur Rowing Association (ARA, now British Rowing) decided mixed crews were not part of their policy (and M1 wanted to row in ARA events). The following year she became the first female member of a King’s M1 boat, shown in the photo. In 1976, Leo Sharpston and Rachael Scarth became the first King’s representatives in Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) boats, both rowing for Blondie (the reserve crew of CUWBC). Rachael was CUWBC President for 1977-8, having ‘won a Blue’ (i.e. rowing for Cambridge in the annual Boat Race against Oxford) in 1977.

More recently, in 2015, Fanny Belais earned her blue competing for CUWBC in the first women’s race to be held on the Tideway (rather than at Henley).