2014 will see the third incarnation of this annual event for all College Members who were involved in rowing or the Boat Club during their time at St Catharine's. It provides the chance to reconnect with old friends and to celebrate the club's successes with the current crews. There will be gentle outings in tubs as well as some sessions in eights and races between current and alumni crews. The day's activities are followed by a dinner with both current crews and alumni. The evening will begin with drinks in the SCR from 6.45pm followed by dinner in Hall at 7.30pm.
Booking is now open at the College Alumni and Development Office events webpage.
For more information contact James Wagstaff on email@example.com.
"It's not supposed to be comfortable, it's supposed to hurt" said Priya, 20 minutes before push-off. Maybe not most encouraging of team talks, but we all agreed that was how it was meant to be. The start though, was strangely confident - we could all feel the effects of the cold after a long wait for marshalling (that's Fairbairns for you) but something clicked as we passed the flagpole, and felt the first icy touches of Chris Q's racing back-splash. The race plan, in all its glorious detail, was executed to perfection, the 6 focusses demolished one after the other, with an unremitting efficiency that belied the weary bodies producing it. All in all, this was by far our best row of the term, and the final surge for the line added a touch of class to a relentless performance. (And yes, it did hurt...).
While we weren't quite good enough to beat the lightweights, we did find to our pleasant surprise that we'd beaten Caius M1, Queens M1 and FaT M1, to come in an excellent 7th place. It was particularly nice to note that the cluster of colleges which finished seconds ahead of us at Winter Head were now several seconds behind (the inches we need...). M1 can be incredibly proud of themselves this term - a huge investment of effort definitely paid off, and I look forward to seeing more of the same next term.
I'll quickly start with some perspective... Catz has only fielded two or three M2s in Michaelmas since 2000, and whilst we haven't managed to locate earlier archives, it's fair to say it has been a long time since we've had 3 Senior Men's boats in Michaelmas term. This is a great testament to the current strength and immense keeness of the boat club.
Now onto Fairbairns. After some confusion before the start, we had to wind up quickly, and were soon underway. We held a good rate throughout, and whilst the power that saw us match M2 at Winter Head earlier in term was slightly diminished, we held strong and had a consistent race. We finished in a very respectable 16 minutes, 58 seconds. Whilst we certainly weren't the top boat on the Cam, it was easily quick enough to beat the three other M3s as well as a number of M1s, and to be (temporarily) recorded as fastest Women's VIII due to a minor admin oversight!
Overall we had a really fun term, and I'm sure I can speak for the crew in saying - bring on Lent!