Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club (CULRC) was founded in 1974.

Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club was founded by Richard Bates and Bob Greatorex in 1974. The first Lightweight Boat Race took place in 1975 and the event has been held annually ever since.

The very first Lightweight Boat Race took place at Henley on Thames, the home of rowing in the UK. It was in 1977 when the Lightweight Clubs of Cambridge and Oxford invited the Women’s Boat Race crews to join the race day that the Henley Boat Races was developed.

Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club has been training student athletes since its founding. Our Club has developed into one of the leading lightweight rowing programmes in the country.

We are proud of our heritage of developing student athletes from novice to elite. Most of our members will have started rowing as Freshers at one of the 31 College Boat Clubs.

Beating Oxford in the Boat Races is the principal aim of the club, and we are very proud to have such a successful history.

Oxford 16 wins to Cambridge 28 wins

Lightweight Rowing

Lightweight rowing is so called because there is a limit on the weight of the oarsmen.

No crew member may weigh more than 72.5kg (11st 6lb).

For all boat classes, other than single scull, there is an additional requirement that the average weight of the crew (excluding coxswain) must not be greater than 70.0kg (11st).

Lightweight rowing has been included in the World Rowing Championships since 1974 and the Olympic Regatta since 1996.

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