Petaluma – The New Men’s First Eight

Homerton College Boat Club has celebrated the launch of the first new boat for three years with a ceremony by the Cam, during the May Bumps.

Petaluma’s maiden voyage was rowed by the Men’s First Eight who successfully ‘bumped’ on the final day, having held off a chasing crew laden with University-level rowers the previous day.

The College and the Homerton Union of Students contributed to the cost, and HCBC raised funds from donors through a 24-hour sponsored row on indoor rowing machines, live-streamed on the web. It was hoped to raise enough to purchase a second-hand boat to replace the aging Lady Hilary, but in the end, thanks to a tremendous donation from David and Lyan Huntley, it was possible to purchase a brand new Janousek boat.

David Huntley said, “I’m a rower myself, and I was moved by the students’ efforts to raise funds – all-night sponsored ergs included. But I thought: they shouldn’t be doing all this for a second-hand boat. Homerton deserves a new boat”.

David and Lyan are parents of Alice, a current Homertonian rower in the Women’s First Eight. Petaluma is named after the Huntleys’ home town in California.

Philip Stephenson, Fellow of the College and Senior Treasurer of HCBC, said “the Club is hugely grateful to David and Lyan for this brilliant gift. Petaluma is a superb boat and a worthy replacement for Lady Hilary - we look forward to many victories in her!”

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Own a piece of HCBC History

Thanks to the generous donations from alumni and other sources, HCBC has been able to purchase a new Janousek for the mens first crew, as such, the much loved Hilary has been retired after many years of service. We are in talks with the college to have her bow hung in the college bar and we would like to offer members of the HCBC Alumni the opportunity to own a piece of Hilary, a piece of HCBC history. We know that an exceptionally large number of rowers over the years have had the pleasure of rowing, bumping and earning blades in Hilary so this would be a unique chance to take home a very sentimental memento of their rowing career. Final details are yet to be discussed but there may be the potential to fashion items of furniture from the sections - Sam Farmer intends to turn his into a delightful coffee table if he gets a piece!

Depending on levels of interest we intend to hold some form of auction in the near future for seat sections of Hilary. Please could any alumni who would consider taking part or finding out more information email with your name and seat position(s) that you would be interested in before the 1st June 2015.

We've also had quite a bit of interest for smaller pieces of Hilary. We should be able to offer everyone that’s interested a piece and arrange shipping for you once we have worked out a price but please email me before the deadline to ensure a piece is reserved for you (no commitment to buy at this moment in time!)


Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that Row4Rob was a great success on Saturday! See the photos of my row in HCBC kit alongside my Mum and Rob with his friends after the row. We raised over £4000 which will go towards the essential equipment needed for Rob to live life to the full.

I want to thank all of HCBC for your phenomenal support, it has been truly heart-warming. I feel so proud to be part of such a generous and compassionate club.

Have a fantastic summer,
Steph x