14 Mar Success on the River: Rowing Report
In the past two years, the Boat Club has gone from strength to strength. In Michaelmas 2014, the women’s boat won the annual Christ Church Novice Regatta. The women then went on to achieve double blades in Torpids and Summer VIIs Regattas, whilst the men’s crew showed serious resilience, particularly in Summer Eights where they rowed the full length of the course three times. The women finished off the year in style by coming fourth in an international regatta on the canal at the Palace of Versailles. The girls and their coach Pete Bond drove to Versailles on Friday of 6th week in Trinity Term and camped close to the palace. The experience was incredibly memorable and a fantastic end to a successful year.
This year, a men’s and women’s boat entered the Christ Church Regatta and put in a strong effort to make it to the third day of the Regatta. Torpids 2016 saw two bumps for the men’s boat and another set of Blades for the women’s boat. We celebrated together with a dinner at ASK after a long term of hard work and training. The women’s boat also made use of the GB rowing licenses they had acquired to compete in Versailles by entering Wallingford Regatta in a 4+ in Michaelmas and Women’s Eights Head of the River (WEHoRR) in 7th week of Hilary. To compete in WEHoRR, the girls took another road trip, this time to London, and rowed in the biggest women’s head race in the world. The race, which is the Oxford-Cambridge boat race course in reverse, was 6.7km and the longest continuous race the girls had done. They completed it in 22 minutes and 41 seconds, coming an impressive 184th out of 296 boats. Both the men’s and women’s boat aim to build upon their successes in Summer Eights next term, and will be returning for pre-season training in 0th week of Trinity.
Honor Fitzgerald (Classics, 2013)