St Catharine's College Boat Club (Cambridge)
St Catharine's College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of St Catharine's College, England. In the Lent Bumps, the men's first VIII resided near the boundary of the 1st and 2nd divisions, but spent a few years in the top-10, reaching as high as 6th in the 1930s and in 1968, more peaking at 9th in 2002, they now reside in the 1st division. In the May Bumps, St Catharine's spent most of the time before the 1940s in the 2nd division, but rose to 4th in 1947 and 1961, with the 2nd VIII reaching the 1st division in 1963. In 1967, the 2nd VIII managed to bump the 1st VIII on the second day, but the 1st VIII bumped back the following day. Since the 1st VIII have spent most of the time in the middle to lower half of the 1st division. Between 1998 and 2004, the men's 1st VIII were bumped only once and rose to 2nd position helped by having a large number of oarsmen trialling for university crews, but St Catharine's have never yet taken a headship, they are now sitting 5th on the river. The first women's VIII first raced in 1980, in the Lent Bumps have spent most of the time since 1990 in the 1st division, ranking as high as 6th in 1997, but had fallen into the 2nd in 2003 and 2006.
Since have returned to the center of the first division. In the May Bumps, St Catharine's 1st women's IV rose to 3rd in 1989; when the races were reorganised following the change to eight-oared boats, the 1st women's VIII were placed in 8th. In 2002, they managed to get to 7th, the highest they've yet managed in eight-oared boats in the May Bumps, but the following three years saw St Catharine's fall to the top of the 2nd division. 2006–07 saw a turn-around, they have since climbed back towards the middle of the top division. The current boat house was purchased from the First and Third Trinity Boat Club in 1958 under the leadership of David Bailey, the captain in 1957, he was approached after the 1957 May Bumps by the captain of First and Third, who felt that St Catharine's showed the most spirit and drive of those boat clubs without their own boathouse. The boat house was host to the 3rd Trinity boat club, a club of old Etonians and Westminsters, was built in the early 1930s; the boathouse is located between the 1st & 3rd Trinity Boat House.
In 2012, work began to renovate the boathouse, the newly refurbished and extended boathouse was opened by the Master, Dame Jean Thomas, along with a long-time sponsor of the boat club, Herb Bate, on March 16, 2013. The extension now hosts separate male and female changing rooms with lockers and proper showers, as well as a kitchen and office. St Catharine's College Boat Club
Hughes Hall College Boat Club
Hughes Hall Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Hughes Hall, Cambridge. HHBC houses its boats in the Emmanuel boathouse. HHBC has a history of impressing on several fronts, it has risen through the Cambridge College rowing ranks since its inception in the 1970s to become one of the most successful clubs on the river winning the prestigious accolade of Blades in the annual Lent and May Bumps Regatta. The Men's first crew won blades in the May Bumps in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Hughes Hall first competed in the May Bumps in 1979 when the men started at 112th on the river and went down two places while the women started at 20th on the river and went down three places; the following year the men achieved HHBC's first bump on Sydney Sussex M6 but the women had to wait until 1999 to achieve their first May bump. In 2003 there was an official merger with the boat club of Lucy Cavendish College, an all-women's college of Cambridge University.
The result was a combined club formally recognised by the Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs as the "Hughes Hall/ Lucy Cavendish Combined Boat Club". This combination was the only of its type at Cambridge. Since the merging of the two college boat clubs, Hughes Hall/ Lucy Cavendish have enjoyed significant advances marked by three squads winning blades during the May Bumps 2009, including a 10 place gain by M2, it was the first time the boat club fielded four crews into the May Bumps. Hughes Hall/ Lucy Cavendish have won the Pegasus Cup, awarded to the boat club that shows the largest cumulative advancement at the bumps, three times – in 2007, 2009 and 2014, they are the only club to have one the Pegasus Cup on more than one occasion. In October 2017 it was announced. Hughes Hall admits many students on one-year degrees; as such, the boat club trains many novices each year. Top performers are given opportunities in the first VIII. Hughes Hall is known for producing many of those rowers who represent CUBC at The Boat Race.
In 2009 half the roster of Goldie, the 2nd Varsity boat, were from Hughes. This continued in 2010, including CUBC President Deaglen McEachern, the first representative from Hughes Hall to hold this post. In 2008, the women flew to Galway Ireland to race in the Tribesman Head of the River race and qualified for the Intermediate Coxed Fours in 2008 at Henley Women's Regatta; the Hughes Hall/ Lucy Cavendish women competed in the Women's Eights Head of River Race for the first time in 2009. They were the only Cambridge college to enter two boats; the first VIII overtook five boats and came 144th out of 291. W2 placed 272nd. CUCBC/ Cambridge University Combined Boat Club Hughes Hall Boat Club Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club
Pembroke College Boat Club (Cambridge)
Pembroke College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Over the last century, crews from Pembroke have held the headship of the men's Lent Bumps on four occasions, the headship of the men's May Bumps ten times; the men's 1st VIII spent their entire history in the 1st division of both events, apart from poor performances in the Lent Bumps 2000 and the May Bumps 2003, the crew is found in the top half of the division. The women's 1st VIII first raced in 1985, have not yet taken the headship of the Lent Bumps, but took the headship of the May Bumps in 1997, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. University rowing Durack, John; the Bumps: An Account of the Cambridge University Bumping Races 1827-1999 ISBN 0-9538475-1-9 CUCBC - Lent and May Bumps programmes. Pembroke College Boat Club
Sidney Sussex College Boat Club
Sidney Sussex Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in England. Founded in 1837, the club has spent most of its time in the 2nd division of the Lent and May Bumps, with brief times spent in the 1st division. Being a small college, the club has never had the consistency to rise to take a headship of either event, has been as high as 6th in the Lent Bumps in 1913, 11th in the May Bumps in 1923. A women's crew first appeared in 1978 and has spent most of its time in the lower half of the 1st division in both the Lent and May Bumps, but has fallen to the middle of the 2nd division of both the Lent Bumps and the May Bumps. In its recent history, the Men's 1st VIII has fallen, now resides in the lower half of the 2nd division in the Lent bumps, the top of the 3rd division in Mays; the last major successes enjoyed by a Sidney men's crew in the May bumps were in the 2002, 2014, 2017 May Bumps. In 2002 the 3rd Men's VIII, racing in the fifth division, won blades by bumping up every day.
The crew became well-known on the river during the four days of competition due to their decision to race whilst wearing large, curly mullet wigs. 2008 was a successful year for Sidney's 2nd Women's VIII, winning their blades in both sets of Bumps races and the'Fastest Women's 2nd VIII' prize in the Fairbairn Cup. Meanwhile, 2009 was a successful year for the whole boat club, for the women in particular; the Women's 1st VIII won blades in the Lent Bumps, whilst in the May Bumps, five out of seven Sidney boats rose in the rankings, not a single Sidney crew finished lower than they had started. In particular the Sidney 3rd Women's VIII - by virtue of three bumps, an overbump and a double overbump - climbed eleven places, giving them in the curious honour of overtaking Sidney 2nd Women's VIII, who themselves had risen three places. In May Bumps, Sidney saw success most in 2014, in 2017. In 2017, the 1st Men's VIII, racing in the second division - having only just returned from the third division a year earlier - won their oars by bumping up each day.
Sidney caught Pembroke II on day one, Clare II on day two, Darwin on day three, First and Third Trinity II on the final day. By winning their blades for the first time in many years, Sidney Sussex not only surpassed crews which had become longstanding rivals, but rose above a fellow first boat for the first time in many years. Whereas only the Clare Hall and the Anglia Ruskin University first boats lay below them, Darwin now joined their ranks. 2014, the 2nd Men's VIII, racing in the fifth division - starting in third place on day one - won blades despite rowing over on the first day. This was done by bumping up on the second day on the third day rising four positions, bumping up into first place in the fifth division rowing again as sandwich boat in the fourth division, where they overbumped Trinity First and Third IV. On the fourth day, Sidney bumped up again. Meanwhile in Lent Bumps, the last significant successes were in 2010, when the Men's 1st VIII won blades, most in the 2016 Lent Bumps, where the 2nd Men's VIII won blades.
The Lord Protector Boat Club is the Alumni section of SSBC. Members of Sidney Sussex, once they have left Cambridge, become members of LPBC; the event most entered by LPBC is the Fairbairn cup, held by Jesus College Boat Club annually in December. The boathouse with changing facilities was extended in 1980s, it was listed as Grade II in 1997. Sidney Sussex Boat Club Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs
Clare Boat Club
Clare Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Clare College, Cambridge, it was founded in 1831. Like other college boat clubs at the University of Cambridge, the prime constitutional aim of Clare Boat Club is to gain and hold the Headship of the Lent Bumps and May Bumps, now held in eight-oared boats, separately for men and women. In the May Bumps, Clare Men's 1st VIII rose to Head of the River in 1941 and held it until 1944, regaining the Headship again in 1949. Clare Women's 1st VIII started 1st in the first women's Lent Bumps in 1976 but did not gain the Headship. Clare retained Headship in the first women's May Bumps in 1974 and held it three more times in 1979, 1980 and 2013. Clare Men's 1st VIII entered their first May Bumps race in 1831, achieving second place in the 1st Division by the end of 1832, they dropped over the following decade, reaching an all-time low of forty-first in 1845, before the Mays boat reached fourth again in 1886, the year before the Lent races began. It was.
Prior to about 1930, the Clare Men's 1st VIII spent most of its time near the boundary of the 1st Division and 2nd Division of both the Lent and May Bumps charts. However, they did win Headship in the Lent Bumps competition of 1939; the Men's 1st VIII remained in the top ten of Lents until the 1960s, returned to form in the early 1970s, taking the Headship again in 1973. Since they have spent most of their time in the 1st Division. In the May Bumps, the Men's 1st VIII rose to Head of the River in 1941, they held the Headship until 1944, regaining it again in 1949. Since the Men's 1st VIII has spent most of their time in the 1st Division, similar to the story of Lent Bumps, it has dropped into the 2nd Division on occasions. In 2015, the Men's 1st VIII finished eighth on the river in the 1st Division of May Bumps; this was the Men's 1st VIII's highest position in May Bumps for 27 years. In 2016 the Men's 1st VIII bumped up four places, winning Blades and attaining the College's highest place on the river for 46 years.
Clare Women's 1st VIII started 1st in the first women's Lent Bumps in 1976, but were unable to finish with the Headship. In Lent Bumps 2005, Clare Women's 1st VIII came close to taking the Headship but Downing managed to cling onto it. However, the women did manage to win their first Lents Headship in 2006. In the first women's May Bumps in 1974, Clare started and retained their position of Head of the River; the Women's 1st VIII has since held the Headship in Mays on three further occasions in 1979 and 1980. In 2015, Clare Women's 1st VIII finished sixth on the river in the 1st Division of May Bumps. In 2016 the Women's 1st VIII bumped up two places to finish fourth, in parity with the Men's 1st VIII. Clare Boat Club organises an annual regatta in November for novice College crews, it is run as a side-by-side regatta for eights, with a series of knockout races over a course of 800m. In 2012, Clare Novice Men's 1st VIII not only won Clare Novice Regatta but triumphed in Queens' Ergs and Emma Sprints.
This was the first time in Clare Boat Club's history that a Men's VIII had won all three of these novice competitions in the same year. Sir Archibald Dennis Flower, represented Cambridge University and became Mayor of Stratford David Jennens, represented Cambridge University and Great Britain Charles Sergel, represented Cambridge University and Great Britain CUCBC/ Cambridge University Combined Boat Club Clare Boat Club
The Boat Race
The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Cambridge University Boat Club and the Oxford University Boat Club, rowed between men's and women's open-weight eights on the River Thames in London, England. It is known as the University Boat Race and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race; the men's race was first held in 1829 and has been held annually since 1856, except during the First and Second World Wars. The first women's event was in 1927 and the race has been held annually since 1964. Since 2015, the women's race has taken place on the same day and course, since 2018 the combined event of the two races has been referred to as "The Boat Race". In the 2019 race, which took place on Sunday 7 April 2019, Cambridge won the men's and women's races as well as both reserve races; the course covers a 4.2-mile stretch of the Thames from Putney to Mortlake. Members of both teams are traditionally known as blues and each boat as a "Blue Boat", with Cambridge in light blue and Oxford in dark blue.
As of 2019, Cambridge has won the men's race 84 times and Oxford 80 times, with one dead heat. Cambridge has led Oxford in cumulative wins since 1930. In the women's race, Cambridge have won the race 44 times and Oxford 30 times. Cambridge has led Oxford in cumulative wins since 1966. A reserve boat race has been held since 1966 for the women. Over 250,000 people watch the race from the banks of the river each year. In 2009, a record 270,000 people watched. A further 15 million or more watch it on television; the tradition was started in 1829 by Charles Merivale, a student at St John's College and his Old Harrovian school friend Charles Wordsworth, studying at Christ Church, Oxford. The University of Cambridge challenged the University of Oxford to a race at Henley-on-Thames but lost easily. Oxford raced in dark blue because five members of the crew, including the stroke, were from Christ Church Head of the River, whose colours were dark blue. There is a dispute as to the source of the colour chosen by Cambridge.
The second race was with the venue moved to a course from Westminster to Putney. Over the next two years, there was disagreement over where the race should be held, with Oxford preferring Henley and Cambridge preferring London. Following the official formation of the Oxford University Boat Club, racing between the two universities resumed in 1839 on the Tideway and the tradition continues to the present day, with the loser challenging the winner to a rematch annually; the race in 1877 was declared a dead heat. Both crews finished in a time of 8 seconds in bad weather; the verdict of the race judge, John Phelps, is considered suspect because he was over 70 and blind in one eye. Rowing historian Tim Koch, writing in the official 2014 Boat Race Programme, notes that there is "a big and entrenched lie" about the race, including the claim that Phelps had announced "Dead heat... to Oxford by six feet". Phelps's nickname "Honest John" was not an ironic one, he was not drunk under a bush at the time of the finish.
He did have to judge. Some newspapers had believed Oxford won a narrow victory but their viewpoint was from downstream. With no clear way to determine who had surged forward at the exact finish line, Phelps could only pronounce it a dead heat. Koch believes that the press and Oxford supporters made up the stories about Phelps which Phelps had no chance to refute. Oxford disabled, were making effort after effort to hold their waning lead, while Cambridge, curiously enough, had settled together again, were rowing as one man, were putting on a magnificent spurt at 40 strokes to the minute, with a view of catching their opponents before reaching the winning-post, thus struggling over the remaining portion of the course, the two eights raced past the flag alongside one another, the gun fired amid a scene of excitement equalled and never exceeded. Cheers for one crew were succeeded by counter-cheers for the other, it was impossible to tell what the result was until the Press boat backed down to the Judge and inquired the issue.
John Phelps, the waterman, who officiated, replied that the noses of the boats passed the post level, that the result was a dead heat. In 1959 some of the existing Oxford blues attempted to oust president Ronnie Howard and coach Jumbo Edwards. However, their attempt failed. Three of the dissidents returned and Oxford went on to win by six lengths. Following defeat in the previous year's race, Oxford's first in eleven years, American Chris Clark was determined to gain revenge: "Next year we're gonna kick ass... Cambridge's ass. If I have to go home and bring the whole US squad with me." He recruited another four American post-graduates: three international-class rowers and a cox, in an attempt to put together the fastest Boat Race crew in the history of the contest. Disagreements over the training regime of Dan Topolski, the Oxford coach, led to the crew walking out on at least one occasion, resulted in the coach revising his approach. A fitness test between Clark and club president Donald Macdonald resulted in a call for Macdonald's removal.