Start of Michaelmas, Novice’s Report

The novices at Queens’ have arrived in huge numbers this year, with over 100 signing up at the freshers’ fair alone. On both the men’s and women’s side we’ve seen a real enthusiasm to commit to the club, and this should stand us in good stead as the term progresses. The women’s LBCs have set up 4 squads of 12 rowers each, allowing for easy interchange between rowers and subs, and ensuring no boats will be unable to race for lack of participants. The men have, following the tactics of a successful Michaelmas term last year, created a top squad of 16 rowers spread across 2 boats, allowing for inter-club competition, and two further flexible squads of 12 to ensure the maximum number of students are able to row.

The first target of the term is, of course, QErgs, which we go into with great confidence that the novices will do the college proud! Following QErgs, the crews will begin to become more fixed, in order to maximise the amount of time each boat has to train together before the races begin on the water. From Emma Sprints to Fairbairns at the end of term, we hope the novices will not only perform well across the divisions, but also get a sense of how fun racing at Cambridge can be.

Finally, the social side. This year sees an increase in the number of inter-club socials, aimed at fostering a real sense of team spirit amongst Queens’ rowers, which will hopefully translate into noticeable improvements in performance.

The start of this term has given us all great confidence that we can match – or even better – the achievements of last Michaelmas, and we look forward to a fun and friendly start to the rowing year!

Start of Michaelmas, Women’s Report

The women’s side at Queens’ has got off to a promising start this year with a very strong Michaelmas senior squad. Alongside an impressive number of experienced rowers from last years’ Mays, we’ve also welcomed a small number of schoolgirl rowers to the club, giving us a depth and strength that will stand us in good stead over the course of the year. We’ve also brought in a fresh pair of eyes in our new coach, Lisa Silk, whose experience and skill is unparalleled – we’re looking forward to working with her this year and having our most successful year yet!

Our first few outings have been in mixed combinations to find the quickest crew, and one such mixed combination was put to the test in the W2 division of Autumn Head on the 14th October. Despite a slightly patchy race, we ended up narrowly winning our category, showing that although there is plenty of work to be done we have a strong foundation already! Next up is University IVs beginning on the 24th October; as the only Queens’ crew to enter, our W1 IV has been training hard to do the club proud.

Off the water, we’ve been reviving the social side of the club to reinstate QCBC as the most sociable, fun society in Queens’, and our calendars are very full already! Highlights so far include a cheese and wine night, several post-row brunches and an all-girl formal for both the senior and novice women. The team spirit off the water is translating into excellent commitment to and improvements in training, so we’re going to maintain it through the year to keep QCBC’s women happy, successful and climbing up the Bumps charts!

Georgie Holmes, QCBC Women’s Captain 2017-18

Start of Michaelmas

Welcome to all new students! In the last week we have held rowing taster sessions for new and returning students. It’s looking good for this year of new rowers, with over 100 people signing up! The coming weeks will be filled with rowing and socials alike. Special congrats to the women’s squad, who have their biggest novice signup in years with 5 boats worth of rowers.