Dara Alizadeh

2019 President’s Message

Tradition. Excellence. Commitment. Achievement. These words encapsulate the spirit and ethos of the Cambridge University Boat Club, and have found meaning all the way back since the club’s origins in 1828. It’s an honor to have been elected President, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this team as we prepare to race in the 165th Boat Race on April 7th, 2019.

CUBC’s mission is straightforward – to beat Oxford University Boat Club in the Boat Race. Simple, but by no means easy. The rowers of Oxford are strong opponents, and the work required to defeat them is tremendous. The Boat Race itself is a significant challenge, but the work required to get there is an even longer and more challenging road. It demands not only dedication to one’s rowing, but a broader management of one’s academic life in conjunction to the campaign. However, what I’ve learned in my time at CUBC is that Cambridge oarsmen embrace that challenge and are always ready and willing to engage it head on. Those who have chosen to be part of something bigger than themselves, and have made the commitment to the CUBC campaign, are members of a truly special group of individuals. Those dedicated rowers and coxswains who have undergone the campaign are linked together by a bond that they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Rowing for Cambridge not only allows our student-athletes to study at the best university in the world, but also provides an environment for everyone who walks through the doors of CUBC to develop themselves and reach their maximum potential, both academically and athletically. The standard of rowing at CUBC has reached new heights, and continues to improve in our effort to be the best. Our new, state-of-the-art boathouse in Ely provides a fantastic training venue, and coupled with our world-class coaching, reflects the Club’s near-professional standard. However, the most important asset to this Club is the group of athletes who make up this year’s squad. From guys who have been to the Olympics, to guys who learned to row at Cambridge, they are all united by one important characteristic: they have all made the commitment to go out and race for Cambridge.

If you believe you share that commitment and have what it takes to help us reach our goal – beating Oxford – we would like to hear from you. It is an experience unlike any other.

Dara Alizadeh