Posted: Wednesday 24 February 2010, 6:54PM by Lisa Meegan
With Wednesday the rest day for the men's and women's second divisions, Sidney only had two boats in action today, M2 and W2.
Up first, M2 made light work of Clare Hall I with a strong early bump to put them up two in two days, while W2 were one of five closely matched crews rowing over at the head of women's division 3.
Despite only having two crews rowing today, Sidney maintained a strong position in the overall standings, with only Downing having accumulated more Michell Cup points so far this bumps.
Thursday brings a rest day for W2, but M1 and W1 will be back in action tomorrow, and M2 will be hoping to build on today's excellent performance.
Full results from Wednesday:
M2 - Bumped Clare Hall
W2 - Rowed Over
Posted: Tuesday 23 February 2010, 7:58PM by Lisa Meegan
The 2010 Lent Bumps campaign got off to an almost perfect start for Sidney, with three bumps out of four seeing us pick up 9 Michell Cup points and putting us joint top of the standings so far this bumps (with Magdalene).
The only drama of the day came in the W3 division, which was sirened early on after two crews near the top failed to clear. With W2 literally inches from a bump on Selwyn II, the sudden stop caused Kirsty Bell, sitting at bow, to be hit in the ribs by her blade. This left Kirsty unable to participate in the re-row, and thanks must go to our super-sub from Anglia Ruskin who jumped in at the last minute, enabling W2 to finish what they started on Selwyn without letting Christ's behind them make any kind of impression. We're hoping Kirsty will recover from her bruised ribs quickly enough to row again tomorrow!
M1 and M2 both produced strong, quick bumps, while W1 were a little frustrated to row over behind a gutsy Emma II and will be looking to make amends on Thursday.
Full results for the day were:
M1 - Bumped Wolfson I
W1 - Rowed Over
M2 - Bumped Anglia Ruskin II
W2 - Bumped Selwyn II
The first boats get their day off tomorrow, but M2 and W2 will be in action again (at 2pm and 2:40pm respectively). Good luck to both crews!
Posted: Tuesday 23 February 2010, 7:05PM by Mike Marsh
The first day of the first Bumps of the new decade saw Sidney M1 lining up against our Boathouse rivals Wolfson, with the BEds of Homerton behind.
All term we'd been rowing well, putting in excellent results (right up there with the big first division clubs) and building on a strong foundation from Michaelmas. Our confidence was high and we were eager to test ourselves.
Despite the weather being pretty miserable and our division running late, the row down was long and powerful. Things progressed pretty quickly down at the lock, and Sam didn't even have time to go to the loo before the 4-minute gun went! Before we knew it we were off...
The start was solid, winding high and we settled into a nice comfortable rhythm (maybe we should push it a bit harder on day 2 boys?). Coming out under the Motorway Bridge we had our first whistle. It seemed an eternity rowing down first-post reach before the secong whistle came, but a lift into the corner and a push out got us over-lapping. A final surge through the gut secured the bump well before Grassy Corner, with Homerton miles back in the distance.
Good start, let's keep it up!
Posted: Sunday 21 February 2010, 5:16PM by Lisa Meegan
Unfortunately Sidney's Getting on Race crews missed out on places on the bumps charts on Friday, but Sidney still has four crews racing this week and all of them are hotly tipped for success!
Our crews will be racing at the following times:
M1 - Tuesday at 4:40pm, Thursday to Saturday at 3:20pm
W1 - Tuesday at 4:00pm, Thursday to Saturday at 2:40pm
M2 - Tuesday to Thursday at 2:00pm, Saturday at 12:40pm
W2 - Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:40pm, Friday and Saturday at 1:20pm
All of the crews would love to see a large Sidney contingent out on the river to support them over the course of the week, so if you can spare a few hours why not come down to see how we get on.
We will also be keeping everyone up to date with results on our web site and on the blackboard in Sidney porters' lodge.
Posted: Friday 19 February 2010, 7:38AM by Lisa Meegan
For four Sidney crews, the Lent bumps campaign kicks off today when they race the Getting on Race hoping to earn a place on the bumps chart.
M3 and M4 will race in the Men's Getting on Race at 2pm, and will be followed by W3 and W4 racing in the women's race at 3pm.
In both races, there are a total of 20 crews competing for 7 places in bumps. Both events run over 2km, from the Little Bridge to the post downstream of the Railway Bridge.
If you're around the river this afternoon, any Sidney support would be hugely appreciated by the four crews.
Posted: Wednesday 17 February 2010, 12:07PM by Lisa Meegan
W1 rowed twice at Sunday's 2km Bedford Head, in both the IM3 and IM2 categories, producing two strong times which will hopefully set them up for a successful bumps campaign.
In their first race (IM3) they were 5th= in their category, in a time of 7:27 and were beaten by only one Cambridge college, category winners Downing W1. In their second race (IM2) the girls found a better rhythm and came home in an impressive 7:16, placing them 4th in the category but just 2 seconds off 2nd.
Their quicker time put them 7th overall out of all women's VIIIs racing over the course of the day, and would have seen them finish 3rd in IM3. It also put them within 5 seconds of Downing, the fastest Oxbridge college of the day and 2nd fastest women's VIII overall.
The girls can be pleased at having proved themselves to be a fast crew not just on the Cam but away from it as well, and should be proud of their second time which beat all Oxford colleges and all but one of the Cambridge colleges.
Posted: Wednesday 17 February 2010, 11:40AM by Lisa Meegan
Congratulations to W3, who on Saturday were the winners of the Women's Lower division at Pembroke Regatta. Having been given a bye into the second round, W3 made light work of Queens' W3 in their first race, before cruising to victory against Newnham W3 in the final. The win gives the girls a massive boost as they begin their final preparations for Friday's Getting on Race.
In the Men's First division, M1 were unlucky to be drawn against a strong Black Prince crew, who after beating our men progressed all the way to the semi-final and were only knocked out when they came up against eventual winners First and Third.
In the Men's Second division, M2 beat St Edmunds in their first race, but lost out to Peterhouse in the quarter-final. Meanwhile, W2 were also beaten quarter-finalists in the Women's Second division - after winning against Selwyn they were beaten by eventual winners Downing.
Posted: Thursday 11 February 2010, 11:18AM by Lisa Meegan
SSBC are again looking forward to a busy weekend of races, with crews participating in the final competitions before the Getting on Race and Lent Bumps.
On Saturday, M1, M2, M4, W2 and W3 will be competing in Pembroke Regatta, a 1100m side-by-side regatta on the Reach.
The first races of each crew are at the following times:
8:30am - M4 vs Emmanuel M4
8:55am - W2 vs Selwyn W2
10:05am - M2 vs St Edmund's M2
12:00pm - M1 vs Black Prince
12:30pm - W3 vs Queens' W3/Emmanuel W3 (bye into second round)
Times of later races for all crews, should they progress, and a full racing timetable can be found on the Pembroke Regatta web site.
On Sunday, W1 will travel to Bedford for their first off-Cam race of term, the Bedford Eights and Fours Head. The girls have opted to race the 2km course twice. They will compete first in the Women's Intermediate 3 VIIIs competition, in which they face numerous Cambridge and Oxford college crews, and later will face stiffer competition in the Women's Intermediate 2 VIIIs.
Their first race (IM3) will go off at 1pm, and their second (IM2) at 3:30pm.
Good luck to all crews for the weekend. If anybody is in the Cambridge/Bedford area, your support would be much appreciated.
Posted: Thursday 04 February 2010, 10:42AM by Lisa Meegan
M3 will get their first opportunity to race this term when they take part in Robinson Head on Friday. This 2200m head race is run from the Little Bridge to Peter's Posts, and provides a last opportunity to race the full bumps course before Lents.
M3 will go off at 4:15pm in the third division of the day, and would be appreciative of any Sidney support on the towpath.
Posted: Monday 01 February 2010, 8:14AM by Lisa Meegan
On Saturday 30th January four Sidney crews took part in Newnham Short Course, hoping to post good times in comparison to the crews around them in bumps. Taking part were M1, M2, W2 and W3, and all four put in strong performances which bode well for the rapidly approaching Lent Bumps.
M1 recorded the third fastest time of the day, with their time of 6:11.07 putting them within three seconds of winners St Catherine's. An excellent row saw them beating a number of first division crews, including M1 boats from Caius, Churchill, Girton and Christ's.
M2 were also third, coming in behind Magdalene and Pembroke in the M2 division in a time of 6:45.49. This put them ahead of crews significantly higher than them in the Lent Bumps charts, including two second division crews.
In the women's second VIIIs competition, W2 finished fifth in 8:19.40 and were only 10 seconds off second place. For a crew composed mainly of last term's novices competing in their first race of term they produced a strong row and will be looking forward to building on this in forthcoming races.
Finally, in the women's third VIIIs division, W3 came in fourth with a time of 8:49.28, beating some second boats.
Well done to all four crews.