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W2 Lent Bumps 2014 - Day 1

Posted: Wednesday 26 February 2014, 12:08AM by Emma Moffatt


For W2, Day 1 of bumps started with nervous excitement, with most of the crew not having competed before. However, the row up was focused and smooth, with a good practice start outside The Plough that boosted everyone's confidence. Despite our inexperience, when it came down to the gun the start was fantastic, immediately resulting in a whistle from the bank. We continued strong and together, and very quickly started reeling in Clare Hall W1. Then all the term's hard work paid off as the continuous whistling began, followed by our amazing cox, Amy, exclaimed, "We've bumped!!". And we managed all this before the motorway bridge!!

We especially want to thank Jessie Beech for her excellent motivational speech and cheering from the bank. And of course Pete's friend John, who pushed us out perfectly, we wouldn't have done it (so quickly at least :P) without him!

And now to continue as we have begun, and get ourselves some blades!

W1 Lent Bumps 2014-Day 1

Posted: Tuesday 25 February 2014, 5:49PM by Sarah Robinson


After a storming perfomance at Newnham shortcourse a few weeks ago, finishing 10th out of 20 W1 boats, Sidney W1 arrived at the boat house full of confidence for the first day of racing. A strong battle paddle up to the start helped to strengthen our resolve to get the early bump. After a blistering start we were inside a length on Christs II in no time. Keeping the pressure on we chased them down to 3 whistles. Unfortunately, we couldn't quite make the killer move. After losing some distance on them at grassy we started to reel them in again but not before they could get the bump on Emma II. With nothing behind us we had to settle for a steady row over. Despite not getting the result we wanted today we're determined to come back on thursday and throw everything we have at Emma II.

Fairbairns 2013

Posted: Friday 13 December 2013, 2:30AM by David Woods


M1 pushing away from the start.

On the 5th and 6th of December SSBC and LPBC, as is now traditional, took to the water to race in the Fairbairns 2013 Cup.

This year SSBC’s hopes for Fairbairns were, as always, high. Some great times at Queens’ ergs had put our novices high up among the college rankings, and our senior squads had been working hard, pushed by the competition afforded by more than enough rowers for an eight on both sides. Predictably, the eternal Sidney enthusiasm abounded, particularly in LPBC M1 who made up for a complete lack of training by sporting matching tshirts offering “Maximum Protection”.

First to compete were Sidney’s novice contingent. Facing the traditional last-minute injuries, subs, and waiting around in the cold as the race was organised, as well as a terrible headwind, Men’s Novice A nevertheless managed to post a competitive score. Special mention goes to Dan Baker who bravely sacrificed his own core body temperature and health to row home. Get well soon Dan.

In worsening conditions Men’s Novice B, Women’s Novice A and Women’s Novice B courageously battled against the elements to post decent times. Unfortunately for Men’s and Women’s Novice C, the final division of the day was eventually called off due to high winds – however, not before MNC had raced half the course dicing with death as trees fell around them!

Thankfully for the seniors, the next day dawned with the winds subsiding. M1, W1, LPBC M1 and LPBC W1 all competed throughout Friday. M1 were the first, attempting to stave off the cold with a variety of stylish hats and wearing all the kit they own. After a mere hour’s wait we were off, missing our cox Jenny immensely but thankful for the calm and confident presence of Aimée Muirhead. Our 'Fairbairns' ergs had prepared us well, and we settled quickly into a strong, sustainable rhythm which we were able to hold down the course. That rhythm paid off, with Sidney posting a very fast time of 15:48.9, putting us 21st and in competition with Fitzwilliam, FaT and Pembroke. A massive thank you must go to Aimée, who coxed us magnificently despite subbing in without practice.

LPBC were next to compete. The women, stroked by Tasha Scott and looking professional, were off first, allowing M1 to top up the hip flasks in preparation for their effort. A fast start looked ominous, and it was, with LPBC eventually hitting the wall. However, with Adam Wills naming a variety of deep-friend cheeses down the Reach they persevered, arriving at the end just in time for a warming sip of whiskey.

Finally, the time came for W1 to race. Crew availability meant that they switched into the final division of the day, drawing some slightly bemused looks from the 4’s around them. Last down the course, they eventually set off, settling into a fast rhythm. Looking strong and controlled, they dominated the Reach before coming round Ditton Corner to find a King’s boat sideways in the middle of the river and the finish line. The discovery that the final division was only the short course (thanks Jesus) didn’t affect their determination, however, and they rowed on for several hundred metres more before being persuaded to stop.

All in all a fantastic two days racing for Sidney was had by everyone, finished off by a great BCD and raucous bop. Thank you to all who helped organise this novice term, particularly the Vice Captains Emma Moffatt, Kate Shipley and Ben Chapple. Thank you to W1’s coach and general organiser, Sarah Robinson. On behalf of M1, thank you to Dave Heywood for organising training this term and lifting more weights than the rest of us combined. Thanks to Jessie Beech for organising BCD, even if she decided to go skiing instead. Finally, a massive thank you must go to those who helped organise the LPBC entries, Tasha Scott and Joseph Payton. We hope to see you next year!

Edited on Fri, 13th Dec 13 by David Woods

Winter Head 2013

Posted: Friday 22 November 2013, 8:18AM by Sarah Robinson


W1 dominating the course during Winter Head.

On Saturday 16th November both Sidney Senior Crews competed in Winter Head. W1 had an excellent row keeping their cool as they came under pressure from Christ's and finished with a time of 11.16 giving a real boost to their confidence going into the last bit of training before Fairbairns'. M1 gave a solid performance too, finishing with a time of 9.17, convincingly ahead of their rivals for Lent Bumps. Well done to both crews.

Edited on Fri, 13th Dec 13 by David Woods

Autumn Head 2013

Posted: Sunday 20 October 2013, 1:52PM by Sarah Robinson


Autumn Head was the first race of the term for the Sidney Ladies. So early in term they were understandably nervous but super keen to get back into the racing game. The row up to the start was eventuful with a close shave with the bank, seven taking a dunk and six a blade handle to the head. Despite this the girls quickly settled themselves getting into a steady rhythm. It was a gutsy row from the girls over the 2.6k course with several pushes down the reach they crossed the finish line with a respectable time of 12.25. Now it's back to squad training to prepare for the rest of term.

Why do we row?

Posted: Friday 21 June 2013, 9:15PM by Lois Overvoorde


For the club, for the coach,
For the cox, for the crew.
For the bumps, for the blades,
Maybe getting a blue?

For ejector crabs, overbumps,
Crashes and fines.
For toned bums, massive guns,
And PB erg times.

For the curry, the swaps,
And of course BCD.
For the friends, for the laughs,
And for SSBC!

W1 May Bunps 2013

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.

SSBC Brunch

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 social@ssbc.org.uk ASAP for tickets.

Edited on Sun, 9th Jun 13 by David Woods

New Men's 8+

Posted: Friday 07 June 2013, 1:43PM by David Woods


Sidney M1 enjoying using the new 8+

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.

Edited on Sun, 9th Jun 13 by David Woods

Spring Head to Head

Posted: Friday 07 June 2013, 1:41PM by David Woods


W2 pushing hard in Spring Head to Head.

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.

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