The University of Bristol has been represented on the water by its Boat Club since the University's own inception in 1909, and its former oarsmen & women organised as Alumni since the 1980's.

Activity takes the form of fundraising, mentoring and events; with over a quarter of a million pounds donated to UBBC to date. In recent years a new facet has emerged - Nonesuch BC. Bringing with it an increased alliance between UBBC and its Alumni on and off the water. Nonesuch BC takes its name from UBBC's first boat, which in turn was named after the "Flower of Bristol"; the Nonesuch flower. 

Whether you choose to label yourself as “UBBC Alumni” or “Nonesuch” does not matter, our purpose is very simple – to support the men & women of UBBC.

Membership is open to all former rowers, coxes, coaches & supporters. 


Chris Hartley

Founder and Chairman of the UBBC Alumni

Following graduation from the University of Bristol, Chris founded the University of Bristol Boat Club Alumni, to help ensure a continuity of support and contact for and from past UBBC oarsomes.

Chris captained the club in 1982 and 1983 winning a BUSA medal and leading a Ladies Challenge Plate entry to Henley Royal Regatta for the first time in almost thirty years. He was awarded the first Bristol "Red" for rowing - the equivalent of an Oxbridge Blue. In 2012 the University awarded him an Honorary Red for services to the Boat Club - the first double Red for Bristol, and in 2015 he was awarded an Honorary degree in recognition of his contribution to the university, both as a student athlete and as the founder of the UBBC Alumni. 

Chris now lives and works in Australia, and last raced at Henley Royal Regatta in 2005, in the bows of the first Tasmanian VIII to race at the Regatta, once more in the Ladies Plate.