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Our new boat was made possible by a large gift from a generous anonymous overseas donor

The Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club (LCCBC) celebrated the launch of its third boat on the Cam on Thursday 25 April at a naming ceremony for ‘Lucky Lyda’. The purchase of the new boat was made possible by a large gift from a generous anonymous overseas donor, made in response to a fundraising appeal last year.

Lyda rowers group photo

The fundraising appeal marked the return of LCCBC as an independent club on the river Cam, after a 16-year-long partnership with Hughes Hall. Once the decision was made for the colleges to row separately, the club identified the additional resources it would need to stay afloat including a refurbished gym, new club kit, a cox box, storage and most importantly a new boat and set of blades. The Club raised almost £30,000 in total over only 18 months, including many donations from friends, family, alumnae and supporters.

Engaging over 12% of the College's student population, the Lucy rowing community thrives through the Boat Club’s excellent training programme. In the past two years, the Club has won three sets of University Blades in the Cambridge University Bumps Races and has been in the top 100 crews in the Women's Head of the River Race in London, the largest sporting event for women in the world.  Rowers of any ability are welcomed, taking women from never-having-rowed-before to racing on the Thames in under 6 months.

Lyda on river with rowers

Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club Captain, Lily Delimata said:

“We are over the moon to receive this generous donation for the Boat Club. We are very grateful to our anonymous donor and also to the additional friends, family and supporters who have donated over the past year.”

The LCCBC fundraising campaign continues at:

Photos: above LCCBC takes 'Lucky Lyda' out on the Cam, below, alumna Peggy Allison christens the new boat and her friend Lyda Hill goes rowing with captain, Lily Delimata.

Peggy Allison christens the new boat Lyda Hill goes rowing with captain, Lily Delimata.

About Lucy Cavendish

Lucy Cavendish is currently a women's college exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English. See more on our website at:

Contact information:

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge – Kate Coghlan, 01223 339243,