Posted: Sunday 16 June 2013, 7:34PM by Sarah Robinson
After a term of hard training W1 were ready and willing to put up a fight in this year’s May Bumps. Being 4th in the division we knew we were in for some tough races. Day 1 nerves showed in our slightly shaky start but we soon settled into our rhythm. With nothing behind us and Murray Edwards pulling away in front of us we had to settle for a comfortable row over. By Day 2 the nerves were replaced by determination to put some pressure on Murray Edwards. We had a blistering start and gained on them ever so slightly. Our rowing was the best it had been but unfortunately we were caught by a very fast and very strong Fitz crew. Not letting our spirits drop we were excited for day 3 knowing we could put the pressure back on Fitz and that we would have to push off the crew behind. It proved to be nothing short of EPIC! Fitz pulled away quickly leaving us to fend off Pembroke and they reeled us in eventually getting three whistles on us. But we refused to give up as being bumped again was just not an option. We dug deep, pushing off Pembroke every time they made a move. With some special coxing from Tash, “this is the race you’ll tell your kids about”, we were able to pull away from their kill move under the railway bridge eventually getting to the finish line. The final day did not work out so well for us with Pembroke giving everything they had off the start to finally catch us after grassy. The result may not have been what we wanted but W1 rowed their utmost best and I certainly enjoyed racing with them.
It was a tough term for W1 with a slightly less experienced crew and a step up in the number of training sessions but the girls took it on without complaint becoming great friends along the way. I’d also like to thank our amazing bank party, Tim Rhodes, Pete Langley and Mollie Arbuthnot, for their encouragement during every race.
Posted: Sunday 09 June 2013, 7:59PM by David Woods
This year’s Bumps Brunch commemorates the 40th anniversary of Sidney winning the Michell cup.
As ever, it will be held on the last day of bumps, Saturday the 15th of June, in the college’s old library from 9.00 until 10.30.
There will be a fried breakfast buffet as well as coffee, orange juice, croissants and preserves for supporters, rowers and returning Alumni alike, at a cost of £15 per head.
Please email email@example.com ASAP for tickets.
Posted: Friday 07 June 2013, 1:43PM by David Woods
Sidney has recently received delivery of a new Stampfli 8+ to be used by M1, provided for by the generous donations of alumni.
The 'K.J. Pollard', named after a former Sidney cox, is already being put to good use by M1, and is a very helpful aid to training ahead of May bumps.
An official naming ceremony will be held on the Bumps Saturday, the 15th of June. More details to follow.
Posted: Friday 07 June 2013, 1:41PM by David Woods
Sidney boats recently competed in City of Cambridge Rowing Club's 'Spring Head-to-Head' on the river Cam.
The format of the race is a 'double head' race - boats race from the railway bridge to the motorway bridge before Baitsbite, before turning around, having a brief break and racing back again, a total distance of around 4k.
Sidney M1, W1 and W2 all competed, posting times of 14.09, 17.24 and 18.46 respectively over the two legs.
Posted: Monday 22 April 2013, 11:14PM by Sarah Robinson
Congratulations to Tom Ash, current W1 cox, for completing the London Marathon on Sunday in an incredible time of 3hours 58minutes! The W1 ladies can't complain about 2k pain now. Please click on the link below and lets show our support to a committed member of SSBC for his fundraising efforts and help him towards his target for the PSP Association. Any donation will be much appreciated by Tom.
Posted: Friday 08 March 2013, 4:39PM by David Woods
After a late scratching, M2 were excited to hear on the eve of Day 1 of Lent bumps that all those frosty morning outings were worth it and we had secured the coveted last spot in the last division. Hungry to show we deserved to be there, we burst off the bung and took a length off Churchill very early - assisted to some extent by the fact their coach forgot to push them off.
Regardless, a bump is a bump! Churchill were nowhere to be seen on Day 2 as we had a gallant row-over. Day 3 saw Churchill stick with us but through numerous questionable whistles we held them off for another row-over. After a restless night full of dreams of slamming into FaT, we were woken on Day 4 to the devastating news that our
trusty Scot in 5th seat had come down with a crippling case of food poisoning. Thankfully he was replaced last minute by a similarly trusty
Aussie just back from the deserts of Sudan. This time Churchill was
determined to pip us and for a long stretch it looked like they had us
covered but a gritty, gutsy and determined M2 showed spirit and fight to
pull away as we approached the reach.
An undefeated bumps campaign that the crew can be very proud of.
Posted: Saturday 02 March 2013, 4:43PM by Sarah Robinson
Day 3 was W1's opportunity to get revenge on Homerton. With a sharp row-up to the start we prepared to chase them right down to the finish line! However we were too evenly matched and we held them at station distance for the whole race. It was a gutsy row over at the very least.
We approached the last day with the same attitude...it was all or nothing. The start was easily the best start we have ever done but to our surprise we were quickly being caught up on by a very fast Christs crew. We kept it calm and tried to push off them as best we could but they were just too fast and did catch us.
Lent Bumps didn't go quite as planned but that is just the nature of bumps. W1 have been absolutely super this term and we're all looking forward to Mays!!
Posted: Saturday 02 March 2013, 4:31PM by Sarah Robinson
After a day resting, W2 came back fighting and determined to catch Clare Hall. They were doing just that, getting a whistle on Clare Hall soon after the start only to be bumped by Homerton II on grassy.
Once again they didn't let their spirits drop. Their mantra for the last day was "do or die, no regrets!" After a pick up on the reach they left Emma III trailing in the distance. A solid row over, emptying out right at the end, ensured that W2 did not get those dreaded spoons.
Well done for W2 for giving it everything and rowing everyday with a positive attitude! Now for May Bumps!!
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!!
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!