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UCBC newsletter HT22

four rowers and cox in univ topI am sat writing this in uncharacteristically chilly weather for April in the UK, looking forwards to glorious sunshine at Summer Eights. We haven’t had a Hilary Torpids for a while due to flooding and COVID, so it has been satisfying to see another batch of rowers and coxes discover the delights of training in the cold, dark and wet! Their hard work has paid off though with a successful Torpids campaign, and the club is now gearing up for Eights. Please do read on to the captains’ reports to find out the nitty gritty racing details.

Out of Oxford, we have stepped up our external racing this year as the club moves forwards under the capable coaching of Jono Cheesman, with crews making appearances at Quintin and Hammersmith Heads as well as the Women’s and Men’s Eights Head of the River. This means that this season the club has made appearances at all of the major Tideway head races excepting Pairs Head – surely a target for next year.

We were delighted to support our triallists for the Boat Races this year, with the lightweight men featuring Matt Hudson as OULRC President in the 4 seat and Nick Ryan at the 6 seat. Although they were not victorious over Cambridge, we know how much commitment it took to get to Boat Race day, and are very proud of them. The fact that the Cambridge lead did not increase significantly after the first mile of the race demonstrates their tenacity, and we look forwards to having them back for Summer Eights – whether cheering on from the bank or in the boat, exams permitting.

The Martlet Club affiliation has been submitted to British Rowing. As a reminder, this is our alumni club allowing members to continue training with UCBC and racing for us when they have graduated. With the paperwork ticked off and generous Old Members donating their time and skills as committee members, we are looking forwards to an official launch at summer Eights this year. We hope to even have Martlet Club stash on offer, as befits what is obviously a high performance race-focused rowing collective. I look forward to seeing bucket hats a-plenty cheering us all on during the racing!

Seeing old friends at the annual Dinosaurs and Cassandrians’ dinner was a real highlight of the term, and we look forwards to welcoming you all back to Univ for the Saturday of Summer Eights. We will be hosting a dinner in the hall, with an external caterer due to college staff shortages – we did this for Torpids dinner this year and it worked well. If you’ve been meaning to make it back for Eights for a while then I’d encourage you to make it this year. Even if I can’t guarantee the weather, I can guarantee good food and better company, and we’d love to have you back on the banks.

As always, thanks to my tireless committee, all of our coaches, our senior members and the Friends of UCBC for all their support and guidance. Navigating the past few years has been a challenge for us all, and although we now feel as if we have crested the wave, we are incredibly grateful that UCBC has been able to power on.

Hannah Farley – President 2021-2022

From the Women's Captain

From the Men's Captain

From the Women's Vice-Captain

From the Men's Vice-Captain

From the Social Secretaries

Key Dates

Summer Eights: Wednesday 25 –  Saturday 28 May, annual dinner to follow racing on Saturday
Bedford Regatta: Saturday 7 May
MET regatta: 4-5 June
Henley Women’s Regatta: 17-19 June
Henley Regatta: 28 June – 3 July

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Published: 27 April 2022

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