163rd Boat Race Report


Yesterday crowds lined the Thames as Cambridge went head to head with Oxford for the 163rd Boat Race. This year we were delighted when 5 Hughesians were announced in the crew, continuing our distinguished tradition of a great representation in the Boat Race.
Ben Ruble (Bow), James Letten (3), Patrick Eble (6), Lance Tredell (7, CUBC President) and Henry Meek (Stroke) made up more than half of the Cambridge blue boat. We followed their progress during the lead up to the race and heard from Lance on his pre-race thoughts in our Humans of Hughes feature.

On race day, both Oxford and Cambridge had a good start and rowed consistently throughout the race. We saw some strong rowing from the Cambridge crew with our men making great strides to keep up with the Oxford crew that consisted of three Olympians and started the race as favourites.

Although an incredible fight throughout the race by our Cambridge crew, Oxford managed to cross the finish line ahead of Cambridge by one a quarter length (4 seconds).

We are so proud of our Hughesians and the Cambridge crew for their tremendous effort.

Congratulations to Oxford for winning the Men’s race and Cambridge for winning the Women’s race.

Hughesians will make up more than half of the CUBC Men’s blue boat for the 163rd Varsity Boat Race against Oxford this Sunday!


Good luck to Hughesians Ben Ruble, Lance Tredell, James Letten, Patrick Eble and Henry Meek (left to right in the photo). We are looking forward to watching the race and cheering on all of the Cambridge boats.

Five Hughesians named in the Cambridge Crew for upcoming Varsity Boat Race!


Today’s crew announcements for the 2017 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in London has just revealed that five Hughesians will be in the Cambridge Men’s crew this year. A magnificent achievement.
Hughesians Ben Ruble (Bow), James Letten (3), Patrick Eble (6), Lance Tredell (7, CUBC President) and Henry Meek (Stroke) will make up more than half of the Cambridge light blues boat which is set to take on Oxford on the 2nd of April 2017 for the 163rd Varsity Boat Race.

We are delighted to hear the news and wish the Cambridge crews, both men and women, the very best for the race. We will all be cheering for our Hughesians.

Lent Bumps – HHLCBC Race Report

Day 1: What an amazing first day of Lent Bumps! Our M1 AND W2 moved up one place in their divisions- M1 bumped St. Catharine’s M2 and W2 bumped Murray Edwards W2!
Our awesome W3 rowed over at the top of Division 4 and then got a technical row over in their second race at the bottom of Division 3 (due to a blockage in front of them)!

Day 2: Strong and committed row overs from M1, W1 and W2 today, easily walking away from the crews behind of them! W3 showed an amazing effort, but got caught by Clare W3.

Day 3:  Our W1 made a strong effort by bumping Peterhouse W1 before First Post Corner! Our W3 put in all they can today but got caught by Lady Margaret W3. 

Day 4: M1 beautifully bumped Emmanuel M2 on Ditton Corner, giving Emma’s stern a gentle kiss!  Our W2 went out today determined to bump St. Edmund’s W1 – and so they did! Very quickly and efficiently after around 300 metres on First Post Corner! With the boats bumping out in front, our W1 went after Caius W1 for the overbump! They showed a strong, powerful race and rowed over in the end!

Last Day: M1 had their eyes on Christ’s M2 and managed to get the bump even when Christ’s tried their very best to push off from them. This placed them on the 1st position of the division and also the sandwich boat of the above division. They rowed strong and hard for the second race, unfazed by Pembroke M2 attempt at going all out to catch Sidney M1, only to end up crashing by Grassy. M1 got the 4th bump and their blades!! W2 was in the same position as M1, putting a strong 1st race to bump Corpus Christi W1. Racing in the second race as the sandwich boat to catch Clare W2, Christ’s W2 decided to catch a crab making it easy for Clare to bump them. Since every boats ahead of them bumped out too, the W2 rowed over securing their 1st position in their division. W1 went all out for a spectacular bump on Queen’s W1, putting them in the 15th position of Division 1! W3 tried their very best for the last day but eventually got bumped by Murray Edwards W3.


Pembroke Regatta 2017

Brilliant performance by HHLCCBC Women last weekend at Pembroke Regatta! The club was represented for the first time by four (!) women’s crews that made a great impression before Bumps.

W4 had a tough first race against Churchill W2, who won the division. They were right on their stern the whole way, which was a great achievement! On their second race they easily beat Pembroke W3 and made us really proud.

W3 started by beating Jesus W3 in what was a great race, including a recovery from a crab and some really strong pushes! They went on against Clare W3 and although they were with them for most of it, Clare pulled away in the end. A good practice for the getting-on-race coming up this Friday!

W2 had a difficult first round against Newnham W2, who won the division far ahead of everyone they came across. The girls rowed strong against them, having brought the nice race-feeling of Bedford into their rowing! Unfortunately Newnham pulled away, but our W2 is now sharpening up for Bumps and nothing can get in their way!

W1 started off lightly in the first round, rowing the course alone, as Downing W1 scratched. They faced Selwyn W1 in the next round, winning easily with a nice strong rate. Next was Christ’s who pushed our crew the whole way, but was left a length behind in the last few hundred meters. In the final, our W1 faced Newnham W1 who started pulling away from the start but were chased with determination until the end by our crew, putting the club in the table of runner-ups!

Congratulations to everyone for the amazing effort and results! Bring on Bumps!