On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December, 7 novice and 6 senior crews from Queens’ College Boat Club descended on the River Cam to participate in The Fairbairn Cup, the biggest race of Michaelmas Term.

QCBC achieved considerable success in the senior competition. W1 won their division and were awarded blades, racing in the Club’s new coxed four, the G. A. Hayter, which was purchased thanks to a generous bequest from the late George Hayter (1939-2015). M2 also won their division and were awarded blades, while M1 achieved 4th place in their division, their best placing since 2012. In the novice competition, the strength of the Queens’ squads shone through as Queens’ was the only college apart from Pembroke to field 4 novice men’s and 3 novice women’s crews.

Summary of Results


W1 (4+) – 1st place out of 16, awarded blades

W2 (8+) – 10th place out of 21, beating 11 W1 crews

W3 (4+) – 9th place out of 16, beating 6 W1 crews

M1 (8+) – 4th place out of 22, their best placing since 2012

M1 (4+) – 9th place out of 17

M2 (8+) – 1st place out of 6, beating 10 M1 crews, awarded blades


NW1 – 12th place out of 28

NW2 – 12th place out of 16

NW3 – 3rd place out of 4

NM1 – 10th fastest of 28 NM1 crews (raced for time only)

NM2 – 7th place out of 18

NM3 – 5th place out of 8

NM4 – 3rd fastest of only 3 NM4 crews to enter (raced for time only)