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

Henley Royal Regatta 2017


On the 2nd of July, three rowers from Hughes Hall competed in the finals at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Lance Tredell stroked an eight with fellow Leander Club and Newcastle University rowers against a German crew for The Grand Challenge Cup to only loose out by a length at the finish line.

Racing for the Visitors’ Challenge Cup Final, Patrick Eble and Ben Ruble, alongside two other Cambridge University rowers went up against a four from Leander Club. They put up a great fight throughout the race but Leander Club edged them out just by 3/4 of a length.

Congrats to them for reaching the finals in Henley and giving their competitors a run for their money as it is by no means a small feat! #GoHughes

May Bumps 2017 – Day 4 HHLCBC Race Report

W3 kicked off the final day with a strong showing against Christ’s W3, catching them early out of the gate and handing them spoons! A wild ride this week saw them finish up 3 spots.

M2 was up next, looking to take Caius M3’s blades away from them. By the time they got to Grassy, it was an eerily similar situation to Lents with boats pulled in around the corner and a crew jackknifed on the far side. However, M2 maneuvered deftly through closely followed by Catz, walking away after Catz crashed out going for the Bump (0+).

W2 finished their campaign in style. Christ’s was in the Hucy crosshairs again, catching their W2 just past the Motorway Bridge and in full view of the cheering Hucy college party on the bank. They superbladed to glory, ending with an incredible +6!

W1 came out determined as always, chasing down Selwyn W1, handing out yet another set of spoons for the club, and moving ever closer to the coveted Mays 1st division with a +2 finish!

M1 was primed to claw their way back on Saturday, in spite of yet another substitution. While looking cleaner off the start than they had all week, Eddies M1’s ‘go for broke’ mentality ultimately won the day, emptying everything they had into a 400m sprint, catching our guys before first post (-3).

That’s all for this year’s May Bumps!! A big shoutout to all those who competed, and a fond farewell to those who had their last race as a Hucian yesterday; your club is proud and thankful for all you’ve done!!

May Bumps 2017 – Day 3 HHLCBC Race Report

W3 started off strong, but ultimately falling to bump Homerton W2 whom they passed with their legendary overbump and a half the first day. Tomorrow they will be looking to Bump Christ’s (as they did on Day 2) and hand them spoons! They’re currently sitting at +2.

M2 followed next, set to chase down King’s M2 with the best start they’ve had so far. However, a crab before First Post Corner made it not to be, with a Bump from Caius M3. M2 is back to +0 and looking for some revenge tomorrow.

W2 continued their campaign towards blades, knocking our boathouse mates down a peg. They’ll be looking to hand another Christ’s crew spoons tomorrow; currently +5!

W1 came out valiantly today. W1’s determined attitude was on display, riding up on Darwin W1’s tail before Darwin caught a spooning Selwyn (+1); however, this bodes well for tomorrow.

M1 fought their way on to the long reach today, fending off a well matched Homerton until ultimately being bumped. College pride will be on the line tomorrow as they look for revenge and to hold off Eddie’s (-2)!

May Bumps 2017 – Day 2 HHLCBC Race Report

W3 started off the day, riding the wave of their almost unheard of 1.5 bump! They chased down Christ’s W3 before 1st post corner, bringing their total change to up 5 spots!

M2 followed next, set to chase down King’s M2, their foil from Mays 2015 (M2 rowed over against them Days 2 & 3 last year). After a more controlled start today, they fought off a revenge push from Clare Hall M1, and pulled within 3/4 of length, sticking with King’s until the reach but, ultimately, rowing over.

W2 continued the success of the day, chasing down Jesus W3 in a rerow–giving everyone at the Plough something to cheer for as they caught them for the crowd!!

W1 came back with a vengenance today to go up one, by knocking off Robinson W1–setting themselves up again for a rematch from Day 1 against Darwin W1.

M1 put up a valiant fight today, chasing Fitz again all the way to Ditton Corner, where the more seasoned Wolfson M1 caught up with them before they could open up on the Reach.

May Bumps 2017 – Day 1 HHLCBC Race Report

W3 started off the day. Not being deterred by a Bump and technical rowover awarded in front of them, they fought on to get a 1.5 overbump on Sidney W2, moving up 4 spots!

M2 followed next. After a scrappy start, they continued on, bearing down on Clare Hall M1 as they crashed into Grassy Corner, and being awarded an overtaking Bump!

W2 continued the craziness of the day, overbumping on Pembroke W3 between the Plough and Ditton Corner!

W1 & M1 rounded out the day with strong rowovers–in spite of M1 needing to swap a rower at the P&E. MVP for the day goes to M2 rower Husein Alireza for stepping in and saving the day!