Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club (CULRC) was founded in 1974 for the sole purpose of winning the Lightweight Boat Race against the Oxford Lightweights. The race has been held at Henley in March or April every year since 1975, currently Cambridge leads by 24 to 16. In addition members of the club have won medals at both national and international competitions, and athletes who have represented CULRC have competed at each of the last three Olympic games.
CULRC is about to enter an exciting new phase. We are fortunate to have access to an excellent stretch of river at Ely and this has been instrumental to us winning four of the last six races against the old foe. However, we have no formal boathouse and rely on borrowing a rack from CUBC or boating from a local boatyard. We are about to change this. In the last few weeks, groundwork has started on an exciting new development to create a combined Cambridge University boathouse in Ely, with space for CUBC, CUWBC and CULRC. The facility, when completed will be world-class and give us a permanent and appropriate platform for developing our athletes.
However, there is a hurdle that we need to overcome. To ensure that the boathouse development continues as planned, CULRC has to contribute to the overall project cost. Our target is just £500,000 of the total £4.3million cost.
Some have already given very generously – and for that we are enormously grateful. We think we are well on the way to the first £200,000. The average donation has been several thousand pounds but every pound we can raise from here will be valuable. This effort will be a little like rowing in an eight – you can only be as good as your weakest link. Moreover, even the strongest person needs to know that everyone else is pulling as hard as they can. We all now need to pull together to ensure the success of this project.
In short, we need everyone to donate what they can to help. If every crew member donated £20 per month for 5 years, we would reach our target easily.
Please spare a minute to read through the attached brochure with all the details, and be as generous as you can!
Over the summer, a good number of past and present CULRC members have been in action at events from domestic regattas all the way to World Cup regattas. Read on for some headline results…
Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Regatta saw a number of CULRC athletes competing across all boat types!
Will Hayes & Andrei Lebed continued their successful season in the coxless pair, with a narrow win of 3ft over Thames RC on the first day before going out to a strong French/Dutch international pair on the second.
John Davies was part of the Sport Imperial crew in the Thames cup, who reached the final and – in a nail-biting race – lost by just a canvas to a strong German crew.
John Hale was racing for Rob Roy in a double scull with Chris Owen, although despite a strong performance, went out to an Irish pairing on the first day.
Charlie Adams, Finn Grimwood, Simon Morris and James Price could all be found representing Cantabrigian RC in the Wyfold Challenge Cup. Unfortunately both crews went out to strong opposition on the Wednesday. All in all, great to see so many members represented at Britain’s premier rowing event.
Any individuals interested in trialling for the 2015 Lightweight Boat Race are encouraged to express their interest to the President via email@example.com.
We are especially interested in hearing from individuals new to the University who have more than one year experience of rowing. Those with experience of rowing at School, Clubs or other Universities weighing at or under 80kgs are encouraged to get in contact for details of pre-season training.
On Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June, Will Hayes and Andrei Lebed raced in several events in a 2- at Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney, while Andrzej Hunt competed in events in a 1x.
The Saturday of the regatta saw the Lebed/Hayes 2- win comfortably in the semi-final for IM1 pairs, which had over 15 entries. The final for IM1 Pairs looked like an easy win for the CULRC pair 1000m in, until a highly impressive sprint effort from the Latymer Upper School top pair with 800m to go. Despite the Latymer boys closing the 2.5 length gap towards the finish line, the CULRC pair held their ground winning by less than a second. With only an hour and a half recovery time, the pair then raced a straight Senior final, which looked like a win for CULRC until 1000m to go when buoys and fatigue unfortunately led to a comfortable second place. Nevertheless, the pair returned rested on Sunday to win the Senior final at the end of the day, which was combined with the Elite final, won by Donald Evans and Nick Buckle of Leander Club, the former being a CULRC alumni.
The regatta got better as the days went on for Andrzej Hunt, this year’s President, who despite not managing to grab wins at Senior level 1x on Saturday and Sunday, stormed to a confident victory in IM1 1x on Sunday.
(Report thanks to Andrei Lebed)
Invitations to trial for the Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club are now open for oarsmen and coxes for the 2014/15 season. For more information please read the letter below:
Those interested in trialling should sign up using the form below in order to receive further details:
Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club won the 2014 Lightweight Boat Race by 3 1/2 lengths in a time of 5:30 yesterday. Many thanks to our supporters on the day.
A video of the race is now online:
Further details and photographs to follow soon.
A video of this year’s Blue Boat in preparation for the Henley Boat Races on Sunday, March 30th.
The video was prepared by the 4-man of this year’s Blue Boat, Andrei Lebed.
The crew for this year’s lightweight boat race was officially announced today at the challenge, and is as follows:
Bow Greg Street
2 Emanuel Malek
3 James Green
4 Andrei Lebed
5 Nikodem Szumilo
6 Will Hayes
7 Giovanni Bergamo Andreis
Stroke Andrzej Hunt
Cox Callum Mantell
Coach Dan Janes
The race will be held at 3:30pm on the 30th March 2014, at Henley-on-Thames. Come and support what promises to be a fantastic race!