The pop of bubbly marks another milestone for Hughes Hall Boat Club as a new Women’s Competition VIII+ was christened on Saturday.
College members and supporters gathered at Emmanuel Boat House to celebrate the sixth boat in HHBC’s fleet – the third addition in just two years.
After success in Lent Bumps, the women’s side has proven its commitment and standing in the rowing world, coming first in their category in Head of the Cam, and finishing 192nd in Women’s Head of the River – beating a number of first boats from other Cambridge Colleges.
The new boat, which was sponsored by generous benefactors Neil and Mindy Grossman and named after their granddaughter Emma Quinn, is a welcome addition to the fleet.
HHBC Women’s Captain Manja Neumann commented: ‘With a newly reconstituted women’s side we are delighted to have a new boat in our fleet. We are very grateful to Neil and Mindy Grossman as naming donors and I know that our W1 crew intends to reinforce its gratitude by rowing this boat to terrific results in this year’s May Bumps. We can’t thank our donors and supporters enough.’