January 2018 saw the launch of an ambitious fundraising campaign, with the aim of purchasing four new boats for UBBC. UBBC's coxless fours and pairs were all over ten years old and in constant need of repair and maintenance, so a campaign was launched to aim to provide a new racing standard boat of each class.
UBBC Alumni members donated just over £33,000 in support of the campaign, which in addition to a generous donation from the Rutley family, saw the purchase of a new women's coxless four/quad, men's coxless four/quad, women's pair/double and men's pair/double. The boats are all Hudson Super Predators and convertible between sweep and sculling. UBBC have already taken delivery of three of the boats, with the fourth due to arrive over the summer break.
Early fundraising efforts were spearheaded by the crew members of two of Gordon Trevett’s successful fours; the 2007 IV- (European Universities Rowing Championship, Gold) and 2010 IV+ (HRR Prince Albert Challenge Cup, runners-up). After recently completing twelve years at the helm of UBBC, the club would like to commemorate G's service by naming the new men’s four “Gordon Trevett”.
UBBC are particularly grateful for the generosity of Graeme Coulthard (UBBC 1986-88) and Phillip Rodger (UBBC 1996-2000), who kindly donated the funds required for each of the women's and men's pairs.
Thanks go to all of our members who regularly donate by standing order and Direct Debit, whose donations made a significant contribution towards the campaign.
Thank you to Adam Mackenzie (UBBC 2005-09) and Seb Tjornelund (UBBC 2007-11) for leading this campaign, and to the University of Bristol Alumni Office for facilitating our larger donations. A list of donors who kindly gave larger one-off gifts are listed below and on our campaigns page.
Phillip Rodger, Graeme Coulthard, Sam Browning, Adam Moss, Tamara Tsallagova, Seb Tjornelund, Pete Randolph, Edward Walton, Matt Steeds, Phil Williams, Martin Herbert, Ben Bathurst, Andrew Turner, Ben McSweeney, Matthew Ridley, Henry Sperling, Richard Randolph, Giles Gray, Charlie Lewis, Luke Stevens, Nick McNeil, Jeremy Fitch, Hugh Cooper, Adam Mackenzie.
A naming ceremony for the boats will be held during the tea break on the Saturday of Henley Royal Regatta (7th July 2018). All members and supporters are invited to attend.
Thank you all for your support.
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