Lent Bumps Summary 2013:


An incredible week. So many races that can never be done justice by a line and a colour on a chart. Both our first boat coxes demonstrated the fine art of the arm in the water hand-brake turn around Grassy. It left FAT with overlap on M1 on day 1 but they kept their cool in the middle of a very tight sandwich and got the bump up on LMBC to take and hold 3rd on the river. W1 found the maximum of the confusion and carnage for the week and rowed 5 races. The 2 row overs that made the chart are testament to the pure rage that allows you to be overlapped by half a boat length coming out of Ditton and make it to Peter’s Post. M2 won their blades in fine style. One of the best steering coxes on the river and they only went around First Post corner once. W2 made a storming return to the River, having not raced last Lents and were very unlucky to be only up 3 after the blading crew 2 in front crabbed on the last day.

Thank you so much to everyone who has coached, subbed and coxed this term or umpired and marshalled during the regatta.

And a video of that Queens’ W1 Day 3 Lent Bumps 2013 row over

Lent Bumps 2013 Summary:

An incredible week. So many races that can never be done justice by a line and a colour on a chart. Both our first boat coxes demonstrated the fine art of the arm in the water hand-brake turn around Grassy. It left FAT with overlap on M1 on day 1 but they kept their cool in the middle of a very tight sandwich and got the bump up on LMBC to take and hold 3rd on the river. W1 found the maximum of the confusion and carnage for the week and rowed 5 races. The 2 row overs that made the chart are testament to the pure rage that allows you to be overlapped by half a boat length coming out of Ditton and make it to Peter’s Post. M2 won their blades in fine style. One of the best steering coxes on the river and they only went around First Post corner once. W2 made a storming return to the River, having not raced last Lents and were very unlucky to be only up 3 after the blading crew 2 in front crabbed on the last day.
Thank you so much to everyone who has coached, subbed and coxed this term or umpired and marshalled during the regatta.

Michaelmas 2012 Summary

Michealmas 2012 has been a sucessful term for QCBC.

Both senior squads have been very large and training hard, with some impressive race results. Particularly M1’s victories in Winter Head and Fairbairns.

We have a very large novice squad, with 11 boats training. Race results have perhaps not reflected the potential shown in training but we are delighted to welcome so many people to the club.

Winter Head 2011 – Boar’s Head Boat Club

BHBC Winter Head VIII – 4th in IM3+ division  

In characteristic BHBC style – another completely scratch crew was entered for Winter Head. Tom Mitchell-Williams and Dave Pattinson were new faces in the crew, whilst a back injury meant that Shailen was replaced by 2999er James McMillan…

With the divisions running late, a 30 min queue gave us a bit of time to carry out emergency repairs to our decidely intermittent cox box. Thanks to Peter for bringing down a new box and speaker to resolve this.

Finally with a bit of room to get 8 rowers moving together, the row down to the start was a little shakey to begin with, however we eventually found our rhythm moving round ditton. A nice steady state from there to round first post buoyed confidence that we were more than able to row scratch.

With Black Prince going off ahead of us, we had a good benchmark to set our performance on. With a different race plan to Autumn Head, we negotiated the first 1/3 of the race smoothly. Coming out of grassy with a solid platform, we prepared for a big push to set up Ditton and the reach.

The composure on the reach was better than our previous race, with the power holding on for the length. A strong push out of the railway bridge lifted the rate to 33, which was held for the rest of the race.

Final time 8:53. QCBC M1 got 8:17. Black Prince in our division got 8:55, and in the the previous division they got 8:48. We were 4th out of 5 IM3 crews (2nd in Invitational Men’s VIIIs).
C: J. Cribb S: C. Adams 7: N. Gates 6: J. Kirton 5: J. McMillan 4: G. Harpur 3: M. Beverton 2: D. Pattinson B: T. Mitchell-Williams

University IVs 2011

M1 won University Fours 2011
C: W. Morland S: J. Jaros 3: H. Dietert 2: P. Mildon B: J. Brubert

Day 1 – beat Clare

A relaxed, precise paddle down to the lock gave us confidence for the race. It was pure joy to be in that boat as we pulled away from Clare chasing us. After a clean racing line through grassy, we opened the gap further and flew past the reach at a comfortable rate 32 to finish with a margin of 40s. A lovely race that felt good at all times!

Day 2 – beat Jesus in the quarter final

Today, it did not quite come together as well as it did yesterday, it seemed as if we could not get rid of the last bit of tension before the race. Nevertheless, after a fair start, we pulled away from Jesus again at grassy corner. Beautifully steered around that key bend, we held the rate at 32 comfortably. The boat did not feel as stable as yesterday, though. By no means a bad row, we increased the gap to the chasing crew steadily and established a handsome margin of 55 seconds at the finish line. The records show that there has not been a margin as big as this since 2008. Go Queens’!

Day 3 – beat LMBC in the semi-final

The boat gelled as well as on Monday on the row up to the start. The crew were not too nervous at the start, instead focused on the task at hand. Starting again from the up stream station, the boat went off balance a little under the Motorway bridge before settling into a smooth flowing rhythm at r33 that would not be disturbed again until the finish. The result was not clear coming into grassy, but a solid move past the posts on Plough reach indicated that the Queens’ were about a length up at half way. Will steared a fantastic line onto the Reach and then the momentum just began to build and build, with the power slowly increasing for the final two minutes of the race.

Result: Queens’ beat LMBC by 17 seconds.

Day 4 – won the final agains Caius

After yesterday’s rather fresh and rainy afternoon, the sun was back today to produce a picture perfect day in Cambridge at a marvelous racing temperature of 15 °C.

Sunglasses mounted, we paddled legs-only past Caius’ boathouse and exchanged polite wishes of luck with their first IV+ crew: 4 rowers of their May’s M1, who gained headship in the 2011 campaign (and blades in doing so). After they beat Downing in the first round of the Uni4 competition with a margin of 3sec, it was clear that this boat was the team to beat this year. Indeed, we now met in the final after they had beaten King’s by 7sec, and we had sent home LMBC by 17sec in the semis.

The warm-up routine was promising, which was important with the challenge ahead. A burst down the reach was clean (even though our perfectionist cox Will opposed that opinion), and the first practice start left the people sitting outside the Plough visibly impressed. Peter did not even want to do a second practice start as we normally did!

The crew was calm and composed at the start. We set off well, with a minor upset for a stroke or two under the motorway bridge, then quickly lengthened to r34 as we came towards grassy. With Caius gaining on us perhaps a length, Will demanded bow side pressure and steered the Hudson around this bend on the perfect line. Jacob and Helge got us around the corner masterfully again. The original distance between the boats was restored as we continued the strong rhythm at r34 down the Plough reach.

Our Formula1-worthy cox crossed the river and showed an incredibly tight line around Ditton. The bow side blades touched the vegetation at the bank several times without upsetting the boat or rhythm, while Peter at 2 did not dare to pull at max. strength for a few strokes – that’s how tight it was! A demonstration of strong nerves by everyone.

On the reach, the margin between the boats remained unchanged. We emptied our tanks and passed the finish line without knowing who’d won. The race felt good at all times, similar to the day before, but with the difference that we worked harder, were faster and, as a consequence, legs and lungs were hurting from the Plough onwards, unlike the days before. It was clearly the toughest race we had this week.

In a discussion between the marshals and the crews, it became clear that the boats were equally fast, so the decision leaned towards a dead heat as experienced several times in the past few years.

Congratulations to this victory, and thank you to everyone involved who made this a fantastic experience!

M2
C: B. Jones 4: N. Bookbinder-Ryan 3: G. Steele 2: T. B: R. Siinmaa

Day 3 – beat LMBC M2
Day 4 – lost to Trinity Hall M2 by 6s

Start of Term Update

After enjoying a Christmas break and a lot of the Queens’ squad heading off for a week skiing the rowers returned to the Cam in preparation for Lent Term.  After a hard week of training the boats were selected giving five men’s and three women’s crews all raring to get training for bumps.

The first race of term was yesterday where M1, W1, M2 and M3 got to put an early marker at the start of term.  The lack of time in the boat was felt across the board but encouraging results were got and the crews now have four weeks to try and gain as much time as possible before bumps

Queens’ Ergs

Congratulations to all novices and seniors who came and competed at the annual Queens’ Ergs Competition Last Night.

The winning crews were:

Fastest 1st Men’s Novice Boat – Jesus NM1
Fastest 2nd Men’s Noivice Boat – Trinity Hall NM2

Fastest 1st Women’s Boat – Jesus NW1
Fastest 2nd Women’s Boat – Clare NW2

Fastest Senior Crew – Caius Boat Club

Full results will be posted on the QErgs website in the near future:
QErgs Website
while in the mean time results are all posted on the QErgs Facebook page:
QErgs Facebook
along with photos from the event.

A big thank you needs to be given to Ben and Rob the QErgs Presidents this year who without their effort over the last weeks and months the event would be not run anywhere near as smoothly as it did.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year

The event is kindly sponsored by UBS to find out more about their Graduate opportunities please visit http://www.ubs.com/graduates

View from the Balcony

Novice Rowing

QCBC would like to welcome all new novice rowers that turned up at the squash today.

For those that were unavailable to attend and would still like to turn up please email either the men’s LBC’s:

  • Jack Amey (jaa53)
  • Jack Robinson (jr556)
  • Tayo Moore (tm453)

or the women’s LBC’s:

  • Louis Baker (leb56)
  • Rachel Salter (rs700)
  • Anne Te Water Naude (akt37)

To be given the details of signing up to come down to novice sessions.  For those who would like to give coxing a try email:

  • Anisha Mistry (ahm40)

To organise learning to cox.

Hopefully will see lots of you on the river soon

Mark

QCBC May Bumps Garden Party

Queens’ College Boat Club are inviting rowers, alumni, parents and friends to join us at our May Bumps Garden Party on the afternoon of Saturday 15th June 2013, the final day of May Bumps. Following the success of last year’s event, we will once again be serving a selection of food and drink all afternoon at our prime riverside location on First Post Corner – the perfect place to watch QCBC get some bumps on the most prestigious day of the college rowing calendar.

Tickets are available for purchase at £25 each for adults, £10 for children, and £5 for parking on site.  We will provide a selection of food, Pimm’s, Gin and Tonic’s, and other soft drinks, plus a great view of the racing on the river.  Any profits raised from the event will go towards funds to support the club. Saturday’s races commence at 11am, and the day will conclude with the 1st Men’s division at 5.45pm.

For tickets and more information please contact our Alumni Secretary, Charlie Drury, on charlied250 _at_ googlemail.com

 Bring on the bumps!