2017 Boat Races – Reports


Slightly disappointed by the cancellation of the Eights Head of the River the previous day, Granta readjusted their focus to the reserve VIIIs race at the Henley Boat Races. The cross-headwind against stream conditions were familiar to the crew, who had been training on very similar water on the Tideway in the few days preceding the race. Nephthys won the toss and chose the Buckinghamshire station.

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CULRC Win the 2017 Lightweight Boat Race

Congratulations to this year’s CULRC crew have defended their title, winning the 2017 boat race by 1 3/4 lengths in a time of 6:07.

In warm and sunny conditions, but against a strong headwind, Cambridge maintained a solid rhythm throughout. Although Oxford fought hard in the latter stages of the race, there was too much to be done, and CULRC crossed the line with clear water to their opposition.


Invitation to Trial – 2017/18

Invitations to trial for the Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club are now open for oarsmen and coxes for the 2017/18 season. For more information please read the letter below:

Letter to Trialists 2018

Those interested in trialling should sign up using the form below in order to receive further details:


We will be holding an introductory sculling course on the 22nd/23rd April and holding a meeting for all those interested in trialling on the 24th April.

Meet the Squad – Sunday 18th

This Sunday (18th September), we invite alumni to meet the new 2016/17 CULRC Squad. Drinks will be available from 1pm at Pembroke College.

Following the drinks reception, there will be an informal rowers’ triathlon at 2:30pm, to which all are welcome. The likely format is a 6km ergo, 20km bike, 6km run.

Mark Aldred (2008, 2009) to Row in Rio!

We are delighted to be able to share that CULRC oarsman Mark Aldred (2008, 2009) has been selected to represent Team GB at the Rio Olympics.

Mark will be racing in the Lightweight Mens Coxless Four alongside Jono Clegg, Peter Chambers, and Chris Bartley. We wish them the very best in the racing to come.

Mark Aldred (2-seat) training in Varese

Mark Aldred (2-seat) training in Varese

Help fund a CULRC minibus

For several years, CULRC athletes have commuted to Ely for training by train. This was feasible with the location of the existing boathouse, despite a significant financial cost. However, with the construction of the new boathouse at Ely, it will soon become difficult for the club’s athletes to travel by train, with a several-kilometre journey from the station.

To that end, CULRC seeks your help with funding a minibus so that athletes can be driven between Cambridge and Ely.

Please see the link below for more details.

CULRC Win the 2016 Boat Race!

On Saturday 19th March Cambridge beat Oxford at Henley with the verdict ‘easily’ in a time of 6.19. This takes the count to 26 wins out of 42 races to Cambridge

Anyone interested in trialling for the 2017 Race should sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/culrc.org/forms/d/1htUMHQkFNRQpC2k4Rv4stXNHWWZ-YDelISyAtqm1qpM/viewform

The full race video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etEGLSspbjI

The race report for all the days races can be found here: http://www.henleyherald.com/2016/03/22/oxford-and-cambridge-share-race-wins-at-henley-boat-races/

Henley Boat Races 2016

The 2016 Lightweight Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge will take place on Saturday 19th March 2016 in Henley-on-Thames.

For more information about the race visit the new Henley Boat Races website at http://www.henleyboatraces.com/

If you’re studying at Cambridge in 2016-17 and would like to learn more about competing in the 2017 race please register your interest by filling in your details at:


2016 Lightweight Boat Race Campaign

Any individuals interested in trialling for the 2016 Lightweight Boat Race are encouraged to express their interest to the President via president@culrc.org.

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.

We are also still interested to hear from any athletes with more than one years rowing experience already at the University that weren’t able to attend the summer development squad.