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W1-Lent Bumps Day 2

Posted: Thursday 28 February 2013, 11:24PM by Sarah Robinson


With the full crew back to rowing, W1 arrived at the boat house today completely driven and thinking of nothing else but bumping Robinson and we did exactly that. With a fast start we were soon getting the whistle on them. Keeping composed we pushed on finally getting overlap on the plough reach. When the bump came on the last corner it happened so fast half the crew didn't realise it had happened until we were being yelled at to hold it up! Needless to say it was exhilarating and now we have the opportunity to get our revenge on Homerton! Bring on tomorrow!!

W2-Lent Bumps Days 1&2

Posted: Wednesday 27 February 2013, 9:23PM by Sarah Robinson


After a stellar performance during the gettings-on race W2 arrived at the boat house yesterday filled with excitement for the first day of Bumps. The row up to the start position was solid but nerves began to show once the canon went off. With a jittery start W2 were eventually bumped by a very fast Murray Edwards II. However, their positive spirit was not dampened and were determined to bump back today. It proved to be a more exciting race. They held Murray Edwards at station distance but with Clare Hall closing in the focus moved to pulling away from the crew chasing them. Then luck turned against W2, with a wide line around grassy corner Clare Hall just managed to get the bump on Sidney before being ploughed into by Homerton II. An unlucky start but with two races left W2 can still turn it round....it isn't over yet!

W1-Lent Bumps Day 1

Posted: Wednesday 27 February 2013, 11:52AM by Sarah Robinson


W1 have had an unfortunate start to their Lent Bumps with three members of the crew struck down by illness. Regardless we were determined to row on and try and get that bump on Emma II. It was a valient effort. We had a great start leaving Robinson miles behind and holding Emma at 1+1/2 lengths for much of the race. However, Homerton I put in a mammoth row and reeled us in finally catching us in the last few 100m of the race.

We may have been overbumped but now we are more determined than ever to put things right and climb that bumps chart. With the girls on strict rest today we will be back at full strength tomorrow...and Robinson had better watch out!

Finally a massive thank-you to Isabelle Kamenou, Emma Moffatt and Camille Lardy for stepping up and subbing in...they gave it everything.

M1 - Lent Bumps 2013 Day 1

Posted: Tuesday 26 February 2013, 9:28PM by David Heywood


In full pelt

The crew meal last night was filled with talk of how the 2013 lent bumps campaign may progress and everyone was focused on the task at hand when we arrived at the boathouse this afternoon.

On pushing out for the start, three seat’s blade became wedged on the edge of the bank and the bank party only just managed to wrestle it free with three seconds to spare before the starting cannon. After a few draw strokes, taken by the members of the crew who were able to, the boat soon found its rhythm and managed to only suffer a half a length to Jesus M2 off the start. Jesus tried to seize this advantage and were well within a canvas of us by Grassy. Some excellent coxing and good crew pushes ensured that Jesus were never able to convert their overlap (which they gained several times) into a bump and by the middle of the reach they suffered as M1 showed their spirit and pushed them out to half a length off us which was maintained to the finish.

A great gutsy row from all involved and, after a well earned day-off tomorrow, we look forward to the challenge of catching LMBC 2 on Thursday.

Edited on Tue, 26th Feb 13 by Daniel Worrall

Ernst and Young Quiz Night

Posted: Friday 15 February 2013, 12:53PM by Sarah Robinson


Full turn out for the quiz

Report by Kate Harrison

The Boat club’s sponsors Ernst and Young held a pub quiz on Monday night in the bar for all members of the college. It was a great success with every spare seat being taken in the bar and with 10 teams taking part. Everyone (mentioning no names) showed willing by making use of the bar tab down to the last penny!

A big thanks to Ernst and Young for a great night and we look forward to holding an event with them again soon!

Edited on Fri, 15th Feb 13 by Sarah Robinson

W1 goes to Bedford

Posted: Thursday 14 February 2013, 1:35PM by Sarah Robinson


(Picture courtesy of Kate Harrison, depicting W1 breaking the world record at Bedford Head)

Report by Kate "Harribo" Harrison

On a cold and wet Sunday morning, W1 eagerly awoke, having set their alarms to 6.30, to go and race at Bedford head. They could barely contain their excitement, yet all was not to go as straight forwardly as they had imagined...

On arriving at Bedford the boat club incurred its’ first near fatality of the day, as Daniel Worrall stepped out of the coach only to be immediately hit by a car. This very much set the tone for the day. Jokes aside, we hope you get better soon Dan; but the paramedic assured us he would live and that it was just a bruised knee cap, painful but no need to amputate. However, this did mean that W1’s Robinio (Sarah Robinson) had to sub at bow for the M1 crew, helping them secure one of their best times over 2K this term. Well done M1 for a hearty performance and Sarah for reducing her 2k PB by roughly a minute.

After having set up camp in a charming pub for 5 hours, with a steady flow of hot chocolate and chips, W1 shook off their slumberous mood and fought the elements to put their boat together (which went more successfully than trying to put it together back at Sidney, after half an hour realising that we couldn’t put two halves of a men’s and women’s eight together). The row up to the start begun shakily but once we regained our ‘battle paddle’, you wouldn’t be laughed at for mistaking us for the GB woman’s eight. Our start was very strong and quick and we were settling into a nice rhythm when at 250m and under a very narrow bridge I heard a very loud ‘OW’ from our bow Becca as the stroke blade of the boat in front hit her in the back. This was the sign our cox Tom had been waiting for to tell him it was indeed too narrow to overtake under the bridge. Unfortunately this meant we had to easy there and restart, damaging our ultimate time and rhythm. None the less we rowed a strong middle section of the race before losing our composure at around 500m to go. Despite this, we ended up with a very respectable time of 8.09s over 2K, so well done girls! The conditions were very cold and wet, and with so much waiting around both Sidney boats put in strong performances.

Many thanks to Tasha Scott for finding us a sub from Birmingham rowing club, Hannah, who was fantastic, and also to Laura Duncalfe for subbing in from W2!

Newnham Short Course - W2

Posted: Friday 08 February 2013, 11:51AM by Daniel Worrall


W2 at Chesterton

Report by Isabelle Kamenou

Newnham shortcourse on 2nd February was our first race as a W2. After having only a few outings beforehand and rowing in Lady Fran for the first time as a crew we didn’t really know what to expect. As a result, following a slightly messy start we picked up and rowed our very best! We kept the rating up and with the help of our great cox we finished the 2k in 9:34. This race has definitely pushed us and now we’re ready to face Bumps!

Newnham Shortcourse-W1

Posted: Sunday 03 February 2013, 5:15PM by Sarah Robinson


Newnham shortcourse was W1's first race of Lent term and what a race it proved to be. We arrived at the boat house pumped and eager to get back into the racing scene. With a solid row up to the start line we quickly fell into our race pace leaving a men's crew trailling in our wake. Keeping it together we had a final burst down the reach to finish with a fantastic time of 9.03. Now we have our eyes on bumps with high hopes for a good result!

LPBC W1 - Fairbairns 2012

Posted: Tuesday 04 December 2012, 12:59PM by Tash Scott


On 30th November, LPBC W1 took to the river to race in the Fairbairns 2012 Cup.

Always a slightly scrappy start after having only rowed about 10 strokes all eight, we soon settled into a steady race pace. Aimee’s calls for us to ‘get keen’ and ‘dominate’ out of the railway bridge and the reach, along with the helpful stream, meant we stormed down the straightest section of the course. In our sights appeared were what were to become the winners of Fairbairns - Homerton W1(!) - and we managed to keep them a good distance away throughout.

With much encouragement from Pete Langley to ‘keep breathing’, and the pressure of having a cycling photographer (Jeremy) alongside us for the entire race, we made it through to the end.

Being away from the river Cam since graduating somehow makes it seem much longer when you return, but despite the pain of the final few corners and the everlasting first post reach, we all enjoyed the race.

The row back was very tidy, with a bit of show-boat rowing for the disappointingly deserted boathouses. An added bonus at the end of a long morning’s rowing was not having to take the boat out – thanks to the current Sidney W1 for being ready and waiting! A crew meal in the Fort St George after watching LPBC M1 go off was much deserved.

Our time of 17:11 put us at the dizzy heights of FIFTH amongst the senior women’s VIIIs, so well done to the LPBC women!

Special thanks must go to Kate Harrison for rowing with us at short notice and Aimee Muirhead for coxing/putting up with us.

LPBC M1 – Fairbairns 2012

Posted: Tuesday 04 December 2012, 12:56PM by Tash Scott


The Sidney Alumni men spent their lunchtime on Friday 30th November racing in the Fairbairns Cup.

Their start was decidedly steady – I think most of the large support crowd on the Sidney hard missed it – but the race was a tidy one. The crew, which was made up of alumni spanning the decades, enjoyed the row and looked the part in their matching LPBC Fairbairns t-shirts. Joe, although struggling with the concept of putting a t-shirt on, re-learned how to feather on strokeside - always a great transferable skill to have.

A traditional drink of whisky helped keep them warm and in good spirits at the lock, with the row back and the results still to look forward to.
The final result of 16:54 put LPBC men fairly low in their division, but in reverse fortunes to the women, they found themselves with much less of a stream than the rest of the men who had raced earlier.

Taking this into account it’s a great result and a good target set for next year’s crew to beat.

Many thanks go to Alex Bathurst for coxing, and Mike Marsh for organising the event.

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