Ely Boathouse Opening

The new Cambridge University Boathouse at Ely was officially opened on Saturday 3rd December by the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University,  Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. The boathouse is a fantastic achievement. As Professor Borysiewicz mentioned, it demonstrates what is greatest in a collegiate university like Cambridge: 450 alumni and friends, from 3 clubs, CULRC, CUBC and CUWBC, coming together to ensure we beat Oxford. ely2

This building will be a Centre of Excellence for years to come. With a wetdock, space for boating 3 eights, four bays and extensive interior facilities, the boathouse is a far cry from the al-fresco facilities CULRC previously enjoyed.

A core team of twenty volunteers from the three clubs have worked tirelessly either to raise funds or manage the planning and build projects with the bulk of funds coming from over 450 alumni and friends of the three clubs. The outstanding and iconic design of the building is thanks to Architect, Jerry Bailey. The new boathouse takes the clubs from inadequate facilities to a Centre of Excellence for rowing for Cambridge University and for Ely.

As a symbol of closer cooperation between the University rowing clubs three mixed eights took part in a row past of the new boathouse. Each boat included both openweight and lightweight members of the men’s and women’s current squads.

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Races in Mixed Eights

“Today is the culmination of ten years work. Three Clubs, each with different and proud histories coming together in the pursuit of one vision: to put Cambridge at the pinnacle of University Rowing globally – women, men, lightweight, heavyweight combined – and to ensure that each of our scholar-athletes should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and their dreams. And to beat Oxford.”

Roger Stephens, CUBC Chair

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Finishing touches being put on the Boathouse

All photos courtesy of Angus Knights and Naomi Baker