Posted: Friday 04 May 2012, 12:15AM by Daniel Worrall
Report by Tasha Scott:
On 28th April 2012, Lord Protector Boat Club took to the Cam for the second time in history, to race Head of the Cam.
The women’s 8, after their success at Fairbairns, set off in high spirits. The warm up being longer than 10 strokes meant some decent paddling was done on the way up, including a few practise race pace bursts, and a visit to the outside of Grassy corner. Before they had time to get too cold, the boat was spun and the race began – the start was extremely solid and the tailwind on first post reach meant the women’s 8 were flying down the course. The corners were rowed (and coxed) well, apart from an unfortunate incident at Ditton involving Peterhouse M1 doing some overtaking after being held off extremely well down plough reach. Overall, the women’s 8 time of 11:19 was excellent. Even with losing a few seconds to concede the line, they did better than some current W1 crews, and should be very
pleased – if only there had been some competition!
The men’s 4 also performed extremely well, giving Donald Green its first race in a long time, and finishing in a respectable time of 11:34.
The men’s 8, racing slightly later and in a completely new crew make-up had a good race too. Pushing off girls sped them on to a time of 10:42, beating some lower men’s crews and almost all the town women’s crews. They also managed to get in some steady paddling too on the way back, before heading directly from the river to the pub.
With racing over, the alumni enjoyed a meal out with the very welcoming current students/committee, before heading to Sidney bar for a ‘few drinks’.
We are all looking forward to future events, particularly the 175th Anniversary Dinner, on Saturday 3rd November 2012.
Many thanks must go to Tom Ash, Alex Bathurst, Tim Scholtes, Charlie
Greenway and the entire SSBC committee for making this a great event.
(Fewer thanks go to Mother Nature, for providing the awful weather…)
Posted: Thursday 03 May 2012, 8:55AM by Lois Overvoorde
Sidney Sussex Boat Club's 175th Anniversary Garden Party will be held on Sunday the 17th of June, 12-3pm.
Back bigger and better then ever, the SSBC garden party boasts amazing live music, burgers, icecream, and, of course, gallons of Pimms.
To top it off it is also set in the beautiful gardens of Sidney Sussex College. People from all colleges are welcome, and we are excited to see you there!
Ticketing information to follow.
Posted: Thursday 05 April 2012, 11:31AM by David Heywood
Despite multiple set backs due to injury and weather conditions, SSBC Men have put in some results and training of which we can be proud. The novice intake has shown serious improvement, with the old hands being steady coaches and key members of boats to set the rhythm and lead by example on the ergs.
The term’s training was strong with M1 in putting good hours on the water and on the ergs. M2 and M3 suffered a little due to the repeated yellow flags caused by ice this term that meant they could not have as many outings as they would have liked. The land training was completed well, with the result that M1 and M2 were well prepared for the possibility of a “row over” in bumps later in term.
M1 put in a gutsy performance in miserable conditions at Pembroke Regatta, although were knocked out in the first round by Emmanuel M1. The first boat had also planned to attend Bedford Head Race but it was called off due to ice.
Bumps this year was tough for both M2 and M1. The battles on the water were characterised by last minute subbing in M1 (a big thank you to George Brown and Nick Taylor), gruelling row overs for both crews (including M1 rowing over and being called back for the re-row) and some disappointing times getting bumped. There was however an historic bump back on Jesus by M1, leaving the overall results at -1 and -2 for M1 and M2 respectively.
Looking towards the Easter Term the Men’s Club look in a good position with some strong rowers returning to the squad and the novices drawing on the experience of last term. We aim to consolidate the efforts and gains of the Lent Term with some hard training, the ultimate target being a strong performance from all four Men’s boats that are entering May Bumps.
Posted: Sunday 25 March 2012, 8:53AM by Kate Snow
Good luck to Rose Tallon and Nick Kernick who will both be rowing in Henley today.
Have a fantastic race and GDBO!
Posted: Tuesday 20 March 2012, 9:09PM by Olivia Duffield
Lent 2012 has been a great term for SSBC women; we’ve seen novices develop in both W1 and W2, with many competing in Bumps for the first time. As always there have been ups and downs, the latter being mostly weather related - freezing temperatures stalled training and cancelled races, while gale force winds and killer waves tested our conviction at Pembroke Regatta.
Unfortunately the cold weather meant that W1 were not able to race Bedford head; however, Norwich Head provided another opportunity for many of us to experience off-cam racing for the first time. It was a fantastic afternoon, a great course and even better post-race bacon and egg sarnies, finishing the 2k at a commendable 8.40 mins.
Lent Bumps this year was a gruelling four days for both W1 and W2 – a gruelling four days that paid off with a final result of +1 and 0 respectively. After painful row-overs and Lois Overoorde and Kate Snow’s heroic subbing (again a huge thank you from all of W1) I am extremely happy that both crews experienced the joy of finishing at least one day with greenery in their hair.
We have high hopes for the women in Easter. Last year W2 moved up 3 places to the top of Division 4, meaning this year they will be rowing as sandwich boat; a tough, rigorous training schedule and plenty of gung-ho should push W2 firmly into Division 3. With such a sterling performance from W1 last Mays, the new crew have their work cut out for them, with four places to go to move into Division 1 there is no doubt we will be gunning for blades. We are also hoping to get a few more women’s crews on the river for Mays - the more bumps the merrier! So watch this space.
Posted: Sunday 04 March 2012, 5:49PM by Daniel Worrall
The final race of the bumps attracted large crowds of spectators up and down the river. Despite the strong wind, everything was running to time and it was only a matter of following our plan.
On our way to the start it became apparent that our cox had forgotten a life jacket and we may be disqualified from racing. Whilst men's vice captain Matt Gebbett worked up a horrendous sweat, cycling with furious determination to the boathouse, captain of boats Kate Snow managed to charm another boat club into letting us borrow a jacket 4 minutes before the race.
Fully equipped, we got into the zone for racing. BANG and we were off. Flying up and down the slides in wonderful synchrony, we soon had a length on Jesus II who had bumped us earlier that week. Meanwhile, our cavalcade of cycling support were screaming to get Jesus before Pembroke got us. The day before Pembroke had rowed over behind us and had gone for a new all or nothing tactic off the start. We gained speed entering first post corner and really lifted the boat out of the water.
Now down the Gut we were in the middle of what would become a three boat sandwich. Focusing on keeping relaxed, we stuck together and rowed as a crew, slowly winding up the rhythm until we hit grassy where we suddenly had to easy. Unaware of what had just happened, we pulled into the bank, casually whacking a rather bewildered Jesus II with our oars. We bumped! Jesus had not been able to take the corner and as a result we bumped by rowing past.
Bumped once, rowed over once and got bumped twice. Not a bad result. The bumps gods aren't always so kind, but with some training over the Easter break and the new committee, inaugurated last night, we shall go much further yet.
Posted: Saturday 03 March 2012, 12:39AM by Daniel Worrall
After an evening packed full of inspirational Muhammed Ali videos on youTube we started off our row with an outward, positive attitude today. We weren't going to get walked over by Pembroke and if possible, we'd see how far we could push LMBC II, who had bumped us in the previous race.
We started 9th in the 2nd division after two consecutive bumps down so it was going to be a challenge to keep everything together and not just panic, as other crews may do.
A swift start kept Pembroke at bay, but soon after we could hear them getting their whistle. So we lifted the rate and kept our distance. Through the corners we did our incremental pushes and on the whole maintained focus and better technique than on previous days. It wasn't until Plough reach that LMBC bumped out Jesus and we found out that we had been a length off them for some time!!!
Next was Ditton corner, but Pembroke were still there. They really wanted a go at us and we could see it! They drove us right down the Reach about a length and half off us and at one point half a length. Luckily, we kept it together and at the railway bridge it became apparent that we may be able to overbump FaT II who were only a length off! This spurned us on and after a powerful superlift we kicked Pembroke away into the dirt and grasped for whatever of FaT II we could. Unfortunately overbumps aren't common in the 2nd division and we didn't break that trend, but we sure gave it a good stab!
Posted: Thursday 01 March 2012, 11:16PM by Mollie Arbuthnot
There was a fair amount of faffing around in the W3 division today. The first race started as normal and we settled into quite a high rate, but at least from the coxing seat, it felt pretty controlled. However, due to a crew not clearing quick enough, we had to hold it up due to obstruction - causing the division from 6 downwards having to re row.
OK - the second start was much the same as the first with a rating of 35 being held after the lengthening strokes. However, Peterhouse, who we bumped yesterday, were gaining on us with every stroke. Pretty much a reversal of yesterday. Trinity Hall bumped on grassy and cleared to the inside meaning that our line around grassy had to be wildy adjusted. Peterhouse bumped us at this point meaning that we cleared to be as close as is possible in a boat to a cleared Wolfson crew on the outside of grassy.
All in all, not the best day for W2 but hopefully tomorrow we can rectify this, and get Peterhouse back!
By Adam Wills.
Posted: Thursday 01 March 2012, 8:45PM by Kate Harrison
Today, W1 learnt another important lesson, this time in the subject of stamina and determination.
But firstly, on behalf of W1 I'd like to say a HUGE thank-you to Lois for subbing for us every day despite rowing bumps with W2, we'll do our best to reimburse you with chocolate brownies at BCD for all that energy you must have used. Another huge thank you to our captain Kate who took on the tricky role of filling in for our poorly stroke with gusto.
Unfortunately, our row down did not run as smoothly as yesterday, partly due to their being only 7 girls in the boat until the reach, and partly as we were readjusting to a new crew setting. Nevertheless, we were keen to fire off the start and bump Maggie before they bumped up on Emma II. Our start most certainly looked fantastic from the bank, but being Sidney we're only happy with a start when sparks fly off the blades- so it wasn't quite up to its usual standard. After a slightly bumpy (hoho) row down first post reach, we had maintained our distance on Fitzwilliam and gone into our distance slightly on Maggie. However, as we approached the gut and grassy, it became apparent Maggie had bumped Emma, and having not settled into a rhythm, Fitzwilliam were gaining on us slightly, despite the mammoth lead we had on them the previous day. Approaching Ditton, Fitzwilliam threw everything and the kitchen sink into a push to bump us, giving them three whistles. At this point the crew's stamina and determination kicked in as we responded with a great couple of pushes, facilitated by a certain 2 seat's vocal encouragement, quickly re-gaining ground. By the time we were half way up the reach, we had re-established a lead of a length and a half and put in a strong finish.
Today really proved just what a hardy crew we can be, psychologically and physically. It's a shame there's been so much faffing about between Maggie and Emma ahead of us, otherwise we'd probably be head of the river by now.
Well done team!
Posted: Thursday 01 March 2012, 7:55PM by Daniel Worrall
Our division was delayed about an hour, which gave some of the M1 crew their chance to catch a bit of the March sun and work up a nice tan. When things got under way, we progressed to the start line with a few builds since standing starts weren't allowed.
Today we were sat behind Jesus II and in front of LMBC II. Beforehand in the boathouse, we had been discussing our game plan for the day's race and had concluded to give it all or nothing off the start. When it came to the gun, we had a nice wind and lengthen and should be proud of those first few strokes. LMBC were far behind, but slowly and surely they drew closer and closer until they were drawing closer not slowly, but at an alarming rate!
Half way down first post reach and they were receiving 2 horns -- naturally, being LMBC they don't use conventional whistles. By first post itself they had overlap and sure enough we got bumped, which was a pity, since this blogger's family were just around the corner at the Plough.
We're down two in the charts and we can't pass that off as a good thing, but that's all part of the fun of bumps. I'm really enjoying it at the moment, despite our results, because even if we aren't as good as Jesus II or LMBC II, we're giving it a good shot and that's all that really matters.