Queens’ Ergs 2017


This year saw the debut of Hughes Hall Women’s Team in the first novice race of the Michaelmas term. The team worked tremendously hard over the past month to get to where they were, with a dramatic improvement in both form and timing. On the night of the 11th of November, the team came together and finished 8th out of 10 crews in their W1 division and 21st in the overall W1 division! To put this into context, 44 women’s college teams competed in Queens’ Ergs this year. This is a huge achievement as a debut team!

The Hughes Hall novice men did an amazing performance to show a lot of willpower and grit. Being referred as the loosing team by the officials after just a couple of minutes into the first race, we bounced back with a glorious comeback. Hughes Hall men came 7th out of 14 crews in our M1 division and 9th in the overall rank from the initial heats, which earned ourselves a place in the M1 finals! The harder they hit us, the stronger we become.

Unfortunately one of the novice men sprinted too hard in the initial heat that led to him not feeling well and was advised not to race further. With one man down, Diana Robinson, our fastest novice woman, stepped up and became the sub for the novice men finals and achieved a personal best split of 1:46.7s! Finishing 12th overall in the finals, the crew had no regret but enjoyment. It is also worth mentioning that one of our rowers Philipp Sterzinger finished the 500m with a split of 1:23.9, just 0.2s away from the fastest novice man of the night. Good job Philipp! We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Diana Robinson, our W1 crew, coxes and everyone who supported the crew throughout the event. Every cheer you made had driven us stronger and faster. Let’s go Hughes!




Invitation for the Michaelmas Boat Club Dinner 2017 – 25th November

BCD Invitation - Michaelmas 2017
Hughes Hall Boat Club invites you to celebrate the successes of the Michaelmas term with the fellow club members! It will be an evening filled with merriment and joy to formally welcome all the new members of the club and acknowledge all the hard work that every single member has put in this term.
We look forward to seeing you and your loved ones there.
Please RSVP if you’re interested by the 17th of November (Friday):
More details on tickets and payment to be sent once registered.
Kind regards,
HHBC President

Goodbye “HUCY”: Lucy Cavendish and Hughes Hall Announce Plans To Row Separately

Hughes Hall and Lucy Cavendish College today announce their mutual decision to row separately in the future. The combined Boat Club (HHLCCBC, known more usually as “Hucy”) is being retired, and women’s boats from each college will compete independently.

HHLCCBC was formed in 2002 to give the women of both colleges the opportunity to row in the various regattas available to Cambridge student rowers. At the time, the two colleges had insufficient numbers of student rowers to boat a competitive women’s crew on their own. With the recent increase in student body size however, both Hughes and Lucy now have adequate numbers to run their own clubs.

Lucy Cavendish Boat Club President, April Bowman said:

“Whilst the women’s team has grown under the joint Boat Club, commanding some impressive places in the bumps and beyond, Lucy is very excited to stand on her own and looks forward to seeing the Hughes ladies on the river!”

Likewise, Hughes Hall Boat Club President, Nazhif Zaini, commented

“Having built a formidable rowing programme from amongst friends and as a joint boat club, the Hughes Hall women rowers will now on their own no doubt keep that rigour and determination alive. I wish Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club well on the river!”

Both colleges would like to recognize the commitment, effort and passion devoted by their rowers to the sport and to each other during the tenure of the combined club. Indeed, Hucy has enjoyed immense growth and rowing success – thus making the separation inevitable but, to many, bittersweet.


Media Enquiries

For more information, please contact Agnetta Lazarus, Communications Officer, Hughes Hall at or Kate Coghlan, Communications and Marketing Manager, Lucy Cavendish College at


Notes to Editor

Hughes Hall and Lucy Cavendish College are graduate and mature undergraduate colleges in the University of Cambridge – Lucy Cavendish being women-only and Hughes Hall being mixed. Lucy Cavendish and Hughes Hall have both grown significantly in the past few years, as Cambridge University has built its postgraduate student population.

Cambridge Colleges compete in Bumps rowing races, as well as other regattas. Bumps are a way to allow competitive rowing on the very narrow and twisty Cam river – each boat lines up a distance from the one in front, and tries to “bump” it, before they themselves are bumped from behind.


Novice Rowing Tasters

Last Saturday, the rowing taster sessions were held for the enthusiastic novice rowers of Hughes Hall.

Firstly they had a technical erg session to get to grips with the basic movements in rowing followed by a water outing in an Eight boat! With careful planning from the hard working captains and seniors that rowed and coxed for the novices, we managed to do 10 water outings in a day using two of our novice boats! Huge shoutout too for the keen novices that helped us out by doing more than one outing.

The rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of the novice rowers neither did it stopped us from having a BBQ in college at the end of the day to celebrate the start of the rowing term. Well done to the committee for pulling this off and we hope to see more of the novices around this term! 🙂 #GoHughes

2017 World Rowing Championships – Results


We are very proud that four Hughesians have just competed at the 2017 World Rowing Championships last weekend in Sarasota, Florida.

Hughes Hall was well represented in the Great Britain crew for the Men’s Eight (M8+). Lance Tredell raced in stroke and Olympic Gold Medallist Tom Ransley in Seat 5. After placing third in their repechage behind Netherlands and Romania, the British crew went on to dominate the B final yesterday.

Two Hughesians also competed in the World Rowing Championships for the United States.

Pat Eble sat at stroke in the Men’s Eight (M8+). After winning their repechage, the US crew took home silver medals in the A final, after finishing in second place behind Germany.

Ben Ruble – who competed with both Patrick and Lance in the Cambridge Boat Race crew last March – raced in the bow seat for the United States coxless fours crew. After missing out on the A final by 2 seconds, they placed fourth in the B final on Saturday.

Huge congratulations to all of them for their achievements: To have 3 students from this year’s Boat Race squad – all from Hughes (!!) – at the World Championships is a fantastic achievement, and for Pat to bring home some silverware is just brilliant.

2017 World Rowing Championships – Sarasota-Bradenton, USA


Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida will be the host of the 2017 World Rowing Championships from the 24th of September till the 1st of October.

The respective national teams have been announced and this year we see four former Hughes Hall students competing, two men in the Great Britain National Team and two men in the US National Team.

Lance Tredell who was also the 2017 president of the Cambridge University Boat Club will be the stroke for the GB Men’s Eight, rowing alongside fellow Olympic Gold Medallist and former Cambridge Blue, Tom Ransley. The USRowing have selected Patrick Eble for the US Men’s Eight and Ben Ruble for the US Men’s Four, who were both in the 2017 Cambridge Blue Boat crew.

It is an exciting year to see so many former members of the boat club and the college, rowing at such a prestigious stage, proudly representing their countries.

On behalf of the Hughes Hall Boat Club and the Hughes Hall College, we wish them the very best and may the best team win!

Details on how to follow the event can be found here:

Full list of the national teams:  (GB National Team)   (US National Team)


Cambridge Regatta 2017


Despite it not being term time, Hughes Hall boat club has been busy for the past month or so with our own Summer Rowing Program. We’ve invited any students/staff who might be interested in learning how to row as a novice and also kept up a senior rowing program in a Four.

On the 26th of August, Hughes Hall competed in the Coxed Four event in the Cambridge Regatta 2017 hosted by the Cantabrigian Rowing Club. After the initial time trial race in the morning, they were placed in the Final B category to go up against a City boat, side-by-side.

In the final, Hughes Hall came off strong right from the start to take the lead and left the City boat behind to win the race easily. Congrats to Nazhif Zaini, Jonathan Smyth, Svyatoslav Ketchin, Guillaume Trojani, and Sonja Kinna for the win!  #YeahHughes