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UCBC newsletter HT24

Following on from another very wet term, there is unfortunately not much Oxford-based rowing to report on. With Torpids sadly cancelled, and the river unrowable for most of Hilary term. However, that hasn’t stopped all at UCBC from rowing elsewhere!

UCBC newsletter HT24 - A 4+ training at Eton Dorney

A 4+ training at Eton Dorney

Our senior crews have been making regular trips to Eton Dorney Rowing Lake and quickly shifted their focus to putting out strong tideway performances at WeHoRR and HoRR. The Martlet/Univ composite crew at WeHoRR performed excellently and a full account of the race is included in the Martlet section. We are all wishing our HoRR crew the best of luck and I would encourage you to keep a look out on the boat club’s social media for HoRR race updates!

Off the water, we started the term with a 100-hour ergathon club fundraiser and covered over 1.5 million metres collectively to complete this! With this kind of distance our rowers could have reached several international destinations including Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest or made it to the ISS and back twice (almost)! We raised a grand total of £1,800 which has allowed us to rehandle all of the W2 blades and send almost £900 to an excellent local cause – Oxford Mutual Aid. We are very grateful to all those who contributed towards our fundraising target, and a special shoutout goes to the generous Dinos & Cassies who carried us over the finish line at our annual dinner!! The new W2 blades have been returned and our crews are looking forward to using the blades in their debut bumps campaign at Summer Eights this year!

Continuing with the fundraising theme, the boat club will be a focus area for the College’s Giving Day on 30 April – 1 May! Save the date and watch out for updates on the Univ website and social media platforms for further news and to get involved. UCBC members will be getting involved across Giving Day by doing various challenges, in addition to some live May Day morning rowing and featuring in the Univ Giving Day video!

UCBC newsletter HT24 - Jim (left) and Ian, before crossing the Atlantic

Jim (left) and Ian, before crossing the Atlantic

And finally, it’s not just our students who have sought out alternate training locations. UCBC’s very own boatman, Jim Ronaldson, took on the tremendous challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean this winter! Jim, along with his friend, Ian, finished the 3,000 mile race across the Atlantic on Saturday 17 February, rowing as team Never2Late and crossing in a time of 66 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes. And if completing the “World’s Toughest Row” wasn’t already impressive enough, they paired this with a new world record as the oldest men’s pairs team to row any ocean. All members of UCBC are seriously impressed and inspired by Jim and Ian’s achievement. We are incredibly grateful for the many years of support Jim has shown UCBC, poling off our boats for bumps racing with the best possible lines, and expertly repairing our boats day to day. It has been a pleasure to have the opportunity to watch and support Jim in such an enormous challenge and we couldn’t be more proud!

Best wishes, and I hope to see many of you soon.

Charlie Kniebe-Evans, UCBC President 2023-24

From the Women*s Captain

From the Men*s Captain

From the Women*s Vice-Captains

From the Men*s Vice Captains

From the Social Secretary

From the Martlets

From the Archives – The Fog of Torpids 1974

Eights Reunion

Martlet Regatta

Dates and notes for the year ahead

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Published: 26 March 2024

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