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An Update from the Boat Club

Tuesday 5th November 2019

Summer Eights

Women

W1 had a fantastic bumps campaign, bumping 2/4 days and are currently second in Division II. This year a good number of seniors are returning and they have a good chance of bumping into Division I, which would be the first time since 1983! Our W1 will be spending many hours on the water and at the gym to try to make this achievement a reality! 

W2 consisted of lots of novices and returning ex-members including an alumnus who had travelled all the way from the US to participate. This was the first race for many of the crew and the excitement really showed in the boat with the crew holding off chasing crews to ‘row over’ the first day. Unfortunately, W2 were bumped for the following three days but this did not dampen the spirits!

Men

The Club had an enormously successful season last year. A number of novices joined the squad, made it to the quarterfinals of Christ Church Regatta and went on to become keen senior rowers. There was a great run on Torpids and enormous success in Summer Eights with our M2 winning blades for the first time since the early 2000s. 

This year we are planning on pushing the bar even higher. We managed to recruit a record number of novices and we hope many of them will become regular rowers. We have an ambitious strategy for this year's racing and a great team of devoted captains and coaches. 

Other Outings

Seville 

Last March, members of the Club went on a week-long training camp to Seville. They had the pleasure to row on the wide and long Guadalquivir river at Club de Remo Guadalquivir ’86. They trained not only in sweep boats like eights and pairs, but also in single, double and quadruple sculls. Besides rowing, they also got the chance to do some sightseeing in Seville and enjoy the lovely food, culture, and ambiance the city. 

Henley Town and Visitors Regatta

This summer success was achieved at Henley Town and Visitors Regatta. Over an 800m stretch of choppy Thames river, boats of different categories raced upstream in a head-to-head sprint. Our very own Boat Club won the open pair (Band 3) and Women’s 4+ categories. 

Plans for the Future

Following from the success of last year, the Boat Club hopes to continue to compete (and hopefully bring home silverware!) in local regattas. They are looking to train on a variety of river conditions to improve their capability of rowing outside of the Isis. In college events the Linacre Boat Club, aims to continue to ‘smash it’ in Torpids and Eights to add even more blades to the collection.