M1 Winter Head 2015

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M1 holding their prize

Crew:
Tom Hiom
George Cameron (s) (c)
Alex Duncomb
Peter Stevens
George Daubney
Helge Dietert
Alistair Pryke
Manu Signer
Ben Catterall

Saturday 14th November

This crew benefited from the experience in two fours from the start of term, and a new coach from Robs, Toby Rudkin. Helge was very fit, having raced in both Fours head and Vets Fours head the previous weekend, and Alistair, a fresher, brought solid school-boy technique and cool head to the boat. I had made the mistake of entering the earliest division, thinking everyone would be to bed early with Bops cancelled for the foreseeable future – unfortunately the date clashed with a big MCR night, so our 2 man had a very sore head.

This did not stop us from winning the 8+ division (with 8.43), with only a faster time on the day from the quad Toby was racing in. Downing, Clare, Fitz, FaT and UCL all had eights out. We wound up a little early before the motorway bridge but settled into a nice chunky rhythm along first post reach. There was a bit of a wobble out of grassy corner, but we started to close on a big crew from Essex R.C. ahead. A highlight was our wind up from the railway bridge to the finish, which felt very very chunky but relaxed. There was a mutual agreement at the end that we had plenty more speed to come – bring on Fairbairns.

Stern pair also enjoyed a blast from the past with Boars Head later on in the day, kindly organised by James McMillan.

G.C.

M1 University IVs 2015

Crew:

Tom Hiom

Alex Duncomb (s)

Peter Stevens

George Daubney

George Cameron (c)

Tuesday 27th October

This crew bonded well in the limited number of outings we had been together. We faced Homerton I in the opening round. We started off very well, taking at least 2 lengths off the four ahead before the start of first post corner. Our rhythm faded in the dirty water in the Gut and we took grassy corner particularly slowly so did not gain anymore water by the start of plough reach. Here the lack of fitness / extended pieces showed, as Homerton ground some space back. This theme continued down the reach and we were gutted to be knocked out by a margin of 20 seconds.

G.C.

May Bumps 2013 Summary

9 boats on the river, including a W4, in what we think is a first for Queens’.

It was an astonishing first day with 7 out of 9 crews bumping up and only one crew being bumped. The men’s lower boats kept the bumping theme up throughout the week with both M2 and M4 flying the Boar on Saturday as they won their blades. Unlike their Lent’s campaign, M2 had some longer races and rowed very well to win their 4th set of blades of the year. Having had a crash on First Post cost them a Lent’s race, M4 were taking no chances and dispatched all 4 crews with a blistering start sequence, avoiding the corners entirely.

M3 and M5 both had a single row over. M3 on Saturday, having been on for blades, and were understandably disappointed. M5 on Thursday were as delighted as a crew escaping their spoons on Saturday, which was a real concern for a very inexperienced crew.

As is becoming traditional for Queens’ in the Mays, M1 held level. Just for variety, they go caught up with the magically accelerating Pembroke crew and were up one and down one.

The women squad had a very good week. W1 couldn’t hold off a fast LMBC crew but otherwise rowed over strongly at 11th on the river. The Lent’s fury bubbled gently when they found themselves in front of Catz again but the progress they had made in the term was plain to see, as they rowed over a long way ahead. With only one person in the crew having raced bumps before, W4 decided to sample bumps fully – bumped up, rowed over, got bumped, overbumped up. W3 fought hard in some long races to finish down 1. W2 capped off a good terms training with a well deserved up 2 to leave them placed to push for a spot in the 2nd division next Mays.

Thank you to everyone who coached, coxed or umpired for QCBC.

Lent 2013 Summary

Well done to all the crews racing for QCBC this term and thank you to the coaches, coxes and bank parties who make it possible.

Race results so far this term:

Winter Head to Head
M1 – 3rd in M1 division in a total time of 13:25
W1 – 10th in W1 disivion in a total time of 17:18

Newnham Short Course
M2 – 4th in M2 division in a time of 7:33
W2 – 7th in W2 division in 9:25
M3/4 composite – 7th in M3 division in 8:37

Robinson Head
W2 – 3rd in W2 division in 6:26
M3-6 composite – 2nd in M3 division in 5:46

Bedford 4s and 8s Head
M1 – 4th in IM2 in 6:30, 3rd in IM3 in 6:22
W1 – 12th in IM3 in 7:57, 1st in Novice in 7:44
M2 – 9th in IM3 in 6:55, 4th in Novice in 6:48

Pembroke regatta
M1: beat Magdalene M1 by 1 1/2 lengths and Hughes Hall M1 by 2 lengths, then lost the semi-final to Caius, who won overall, by 1 length
W2: lost to Jesus W2
W3: beat Emma W3 by 1/4 length then lost to Clare Hall W1
M4: beat FAT M6 by 4 length then lost to Magdalene M3 by 1 length

Well done everyone who raced and thank you to subs, bank parties and coaches.

Some (hopefully eventually all) the crews have written about their races on this page.

Bring on the bumps!

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