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Women's Squad: Michaelmas 2014

The women’s boat club had two fours out this Michaelmas: a competing first boat and a second boat just doing water outings. The term has been an exciting one for the women’s side of the boat club, not just for the seniors but also for the strong novice cohort. 
 
The senior crew competed in a number of races this term, showing a good solid performance. Unfortunately our Uni IVs campaign was cut short due to a narrow loss to FaT in the first round by half a length. The crew showed a valiant effort, seeing as our race plan was for the side by side racing we were assuming would be happening, which apparently no longer does. Our last minute race plan consisted of push hard, then push harder and the crew gave it their everything despite a strong wind down the reach. 
 
We then had a change of crew in the W1 boat which set out to train for the rest of the term. Our plan for Winter Head was to get a strong row which we felt we achieved, coming 5th out of the colleges and beating some off-Cam boat clubs as well. 
 
The next focus was of course Fairbairns, the event of the term. Initially it looked like we would struggle to race, due to other commitments. The first compromise was racing in novice Fairbairns, not particularly ideal. Some brilliant rearrangement meant that we could race on the senior day at the end of the Women’s Eights division. Unfortunately this meant we had to time ourselves but we were able to race the full fours course. We came 10th out of the college IVs with a solid row from everyone meaning we all went to boat club dinner with our head held high and celebrated a good term of rowing. 
 
Rowing for the women looks exciting next term with a large number of novices hopefully coming up to join the senior boat club. We will be able to get our new VIII back out on the Cam and train for what will hopefully be another successful Lent Bumps Campaign.

Good showing from Catz in the Fairbairns

SCCBC performed well in the Fairbairns races at the end of the Michaelmas term last week, with 6 crews competing.

Thursday saw two novice men's crews compete and one novice women's crew. NM1 had the standout performance, finishing 3rd out of all novice crews. Not to be outdone, NM2 were the 4th fastest 2nd novice boat. NW1 also put in a strong midtable performance. Of course the real measure of a successful novice term though is how many stay on as seniors, and based on this term's keenness it's looking optimistic.

On Friday it was the seniors' turn to take to the water, with another 3 crews competing. M1 finished as the 13th fastest college crew, well in the mix with their surrounding crews in the Lents. M2 were the 7th fastest 2nd boat, beating several M1s, crucially including Hughes Hall, whom they are being chased by in the Lents. Finally W1 raced in the IV's division and finished 10th.

Whilst the majority of these results are not spectacular, this term has seen some solid groundwork laid. With the integration of the very promising novice squads with the seniors, I see no reason why Catz can't defend the Marconi Cup from last year's Lents!


NM2 post-race

Video: Lent Bumps 2014 - Men's 1st VIII Blades

A few months late, but here is a video showing how our week went. Great memories!

Getting involved with SCCBC

Soon to arrive at Catz, recently arrived, or just looking to get involved with the boatclub?

Check out our getting involved page here!

Most people rowing at Catz started out as complete Novices, and learn throughout their time here - but those who have rowed before are also more than welcome. Find out more at the above link.

Make sure to have a look out for our stands at the Freshers Squash, where you can find out more information, sign up to the mailing list, and have your try at sprinting on a rowing machine.

We'll also be having a BBQ at the Boathouse at some point over the first weekend of term (11th or 12th October) - pop down for a burger, some tuition on the ergs, and hopefully a trip onto the river in our tub (a really stable boat for learning in).

We look forward to meeting you soon! 


Michaelmas Boat Club Dinner 2013, photo courtesy Adrian Pel.

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