Kiel 1938 Regatta Prize

As well as the trophies listed here, the Club also has some trophies won, and artefacts acquired, over the years. The most notable is the Marine Hitler Jugend (Youth) plate won at Kiel in 1938 by J F Paxton and Brian D'Arcy-Irvine. A CUCrC team of Stewart Morris, J F Paxton (Seniors) and Brian D'Arcy-Irvine, John Blewitt, Michael Ellison, Keith George (Juniors) took part in the Kiel event, winning several trophies.

Historic Officers

Use the links below to access the lists of main Club officers. Only the history of current main positions is recorded here - some positions have come and gone over the years. Team Racing and Windsurfing Captains are recorded in their respective history sections. All the lists are in reverse date order - left to right and down.

Peter Scott Painting

This is a photograph of an 80 x 50cm painting of "Dinghies racing on Lake Ontario" according to the CUCrC Annual Report of the time, which records Peter Scott's gift of the painting in the Club's year of 1935/36. In 1934 a team of 4 UK International 14 dinghies and sailors (including Peter Scott), from the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk YC, went to Toronto to sail against a team from the Royal Canadian YC and a US team from Rochester YC, New York. The UK beat the US 3-0 and Canada 2-1 to take home the trophy, and Canada beat the US 2-0 (one race being abandoned due to the time limit expiring). There was also an open race for the Wilton Morse trophy which was won by Peter Scott in Eastlight. The series, which had started in 1933, went on to become an international biennial event, interrupted from 1940 to 1958 by WW II and its aftermath.

Gosnell Cup Winners

The table below lists all the winners of the Gosnell Cup since it was first contested in 1940. The Cup has sometimes (incorrectly) been called the Freshers Cup. It is a fine silver rose bowl with a wooden plinth, originally won outright (three consecutive victories) by Ralph Gosnell in his 5 Rater at Tamesis SC in 1902. It was presented in 1939 by Mrs Gosnell in memory of her husband Ralph Gosnell, Vice Commodore 1923-25 and 1936-39, for a new members race.

Photo Gallery

This gallery contains historic team and other photos that have come from a wide variety of sources, presented in order of year from 1931 onwards. If you have a photo of a year that is missing, please take a mobile photo of it, or scan it, and sent it the the Webmaster.

Club History


The CUCrC was formed on 20th May 1893 by and for dons whose main interest was in cruising. The name chosen initially was 'Cambridge Cruising Club', changed almost immediately on 27 May 1893 to 'Cambridge University Yachting Society' and changed again on 6 February 1894 to the present 'Cambridge University Cruising Club'. Little attention was paid to undergraduates at first, unless they happened to own a large yacht, but Sharpies were being sailed on the Ouse at St Ives by 1898/99. Around the same time the need to "bring the Club to the attention of freshmen" was being mentioned at committee meetings.

Match Racing  

The bare outcome of each Match Racing Varsity Match is recorded here for convenience, along with team details. The location of, and score for, each match is recorded on the O&CSS website - so that this detailed information is available to both Universities.

Cuppers Winners

Historic results of the annual Cuppers (inter-college) windsurfing competition, now sailed during May Week, are tabled here. The date of the first Cuppers is not known, apart from it being in the 1990's, and records of early winners have been lost. The event was re-started in 2013 and the Brindley Cup awarded to the winner. Results since then are listed here, along with one known historic result.

Team Captains

This page lists the elected head of windsurfing since 1978 - head of the Windsurfing Section since sections were established in 1986. The title associated with the position has varied over the years. Since 2014/15 the formal title has been Vice Commodore, previously it was President. The informal title is Team Captain.