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Cambridge University Boat Club president Freddie Davidson helps deliver record-breaking Visitors' Challenge Cup win at Henley Royal Regatta

Freddie Davidson, pictured in the build-up to the 2018 Boat Race, was victorious at Henley Royal Regatta. Picture: Keith Heppell
Freddie Davidson, pictured in the build-up to the 2018 Boat Race, was victorious at Henley Royal Regatta. Picture: Keith Heppell

Incoming Cambridge University Boat Club president Freddie Davidson has clinched success at Henley Royal Regatta.

Racing alongside Leander’s Charlie Elwes, Old Abingdonians’ Tom Digby and Tideway Scullers’ David Ambler, Davidson and his crewmates were competing in the Visitors’ Challenge Cup.

In the coxless fours, they defeated Oxford University by two-and-a-half lengths in the heats and won by one-and-three-quarter lengths against University College Dublin in the semi-finals.

The four faced the Netherlands’ Amsterdamesche Studenten Roeivereeniging Nereus and Delftsche Studenten Roeivereeniging Laga in the final, and earned a winning verdict of ‘easily’ in a record time for the Visitors’ Challenge Cup.

Davidson and his crewmates were coached by CUBC’s Richard Chambers, who it has since been announced will be leaving the Light Blues.

The assistant coach took up the role at Goldie Boathouse in 2016, and has been an integral part of the team as Cambridge have won back-to-back Boat Races and reserve crew races.

Chambers has accepted a senior coach position at a leading high performance club.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Rich and to be a part of his development as a coach,” said CUBC chief coach Rob Baker.

“His potential has always been apparent, and Richard’s new position is a great opportunity for him.”

Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club’s Pippa Whittaker and Tricia Smith raced in the Hambelden Pairs Challenge Cup at Henley, and were beaten in the semi-final by Chinese National Rowing Team’s Xinyu Liu and Rui Ju, who were fifth in the world in 2018, by four-and-three-quarter lengths.

The Chinese pair had beaten CUWBC’s Catherine and Gemma King in the heats.

Former CUWBC member Melissa Wilson was racing with her GB quad sculls team-mates in the Princess Challenge Cup, and they were narrowly beaten by a foot by Hollandia Roeiclub in the semi-finals.

In the Wyfold Challenge Cup, Cambridge 99’s A crew lost by a length to Norske Studenters Rokclub in the heats, and their B crew lost by four-and-three-quarter lengths to Sydney Rowing Club.

Sydney went on to face Norske in the final, and won by one length.

CUBC’s Jonty Page, Tom Strudwick, Rob Harris, Hugo Durward and cox Charlie Marcus were beaten in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup by one length by Harvard University, and CUWBC’s Lily Lindsay, Kate Horvat, Sophie Deans and Adriana Perez Rotondo lost by four-and-a-half lengths to Hollandia Roeiclub in the Town Challenge Cup.

Caius Boat Club lost by one-and-three-quarter lengths to Brown University in the heats of the Temple Challenge Cup.

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