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Fairbairn Cup 2014 Summary

After a busy term of rowing, training novices, and many ergs (#gains), Michaelmas term came to an end with the rite-of-passage that is Fairbairns. On Thursday the Novices faced the novice course, and whilst they didn’t win, there’s certainly a lot of potential coming into the Senior Squad next term. Friday saw M1, W1 and M2 face the grueling Senior Fairbairns course. Sadly we weren’t quite fast enough to clinch the win, but M1 pulled out all the stops to finish 2nd of the Cambridge colleges and third College overall, whilst W1 rowed excellently and finished 5th fastest college. Results and times are summarised below:

Crew Time Position
M1 14:34.7 2nd Cam Coll, 3rd College, 5th Overall
W1 17:27.1 5th College, 6th Overall
M2 17:08.2 9th Second VIII, 51st Overall
NM1 11:17.1 17th
NW1 13:19.2 28th
NM2 12:11.6 11th Second VIII
NW2 14:40.7 13th Second VIII
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May Bumps 2014 – Summary

Crew Wed Thu Fri Sat Overall Final Position
M1 0 0 0 0 0 10th in Division 1
W1 0/0 -1 0 -1 -2 3rd in Division 2
M2 0 +1 0/+1 -1 +1 1st in Division 4
M3 -1 +1 0 0 0 4th in Division 5

M1: [Bow] JT Baird, [2] Tom Watson, [3] Conor Burgess, [4] Ollie Sluijters, [5] Craig Lambert, [6] Neil Paul, [7] Joel Wilson, [Stroke] Paddy Buchanan, [Cox] Will Miller, [Coach] Chris Smith, [Boat] Adrian Cadbury.

M2: [Bow] Ryan Davey, [2] Tom Waszkowycz, [3] Conor Bacon, [4] Jasper Montana, [5] Ed Bentley, [6] Raphael Scheps, [7] Kittiphat ‘Am’ Chanthong, [Stroke] Kert Putsepp, [Cox] Louis Shankar, [Coach] Chris Braithwaite, [Boat] Vicky Wade.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2014 – Saturday

M3 – Rowed Over
On the last day, our struggle to bump Queens continued. On the way down the lock we the boat was sat and spirits were high. The practice starts were decent and the rate was low but controlled. As yesterday, as soon as we pulled in, the 4 minute cannon sounded. Right let’s get our heads in the boat… The plan was simple we were to go hard off the start, putting as much pressure in the water as we could. One minute cannon, we were ready for this…. We underestimated Queens yesterday and this was not happening again.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2014 – Friday

M3 – Rowed Over
Riding off the high of yesterday, M3 went into today fired up and rearing to go. Queen’s had tumbled down our division over the last few days and we wanted to capitalise on that, especially with the return of our captain-to-be and since a few members saw this as revenge for last year’s May Bumps. Rowing up for marshalling wasn’t as smooth as we’d hoped and we only got the balance we were used to half way up the Reach, but our practice starts were strong. As the cannons blasted, our winds and lengthens were good but, rather ironically, the timing slipped during the rhythms and we couldn’t make the headway towards Queens’ that we wanted, nor did we push away from Jesus in the way we should have after yesterday.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2014 – Thursday

W1 – Bumped by Murray Edwards
This was always going to be a difficult day for w1. Rowing sandwich boat again with a large, fast Murray Edwards crew chasing us, we knew we would have to row our best race or get bumped. Our start was one of our strongest yet, it even seemed that Murray Edwards was falling away as we rounded first post corner. We kept strong up to the plough, responding well to resplendent cox Phil Smith’s calls for lifts. However from here Murray Edwards began to seriously close on us. With no time to settle we were still rowing at our initial high rating and we were starting to suffer.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2014 – Wednesday

M1 – Rowed Over

In what must be one of the most uneventful days of bumps for the men’s first division, King’s M1 held position by rowing over, one of 14 rowovers in that division today. We knew that we were going to be up against it to get a bump on Clare, a crew who had produced some very encouraging results this term, however a strong last week of training gave us belief that we could hit them. We were starting on station 10, one of the worst starting positions on the river as we would be unable to pick a straight line to the corner off the start.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2014 – Division Times and Marquee

This year’s May Bumps run from Wednesday 11th June to Saturday 14th June. Support from everyone and anyone would be very much appreciated on every day of Bumps, but in particular KCBC will be hosting our annual marquee on First Post Corner from 11:30am on Saturday 14th June.

Our team at the marquee will be supplying refreshments throughout the day (Strawberries and fizz will be available for a small fee), from 11:30am – 6:00pm. The marquee is free to attend, and you can reserve a car parking space by emailing Marijne Mak (parking spaces are available based on needs first, and then first come, first served).… Continue Reading

Kingston Head – 22nd March 2014

With only one outing together as a crew before this race, we knew we were slightly up against it to produce our best performance, but given that most of the crew have a fair amount of experience of rowing this stretch of river we were at least familiar with the course which undoubtedly helped us through the race. Boating from Walbrook meant that we had the entire length of the course to warm up, though this was somewhat to our cost as a cruiser went past and half filled our boat with water! Thankfully we managed to bail most of the water out during marshalling and were ready to go, only to be held up by an incompetent Vesta crew two boats ahead of us.… Continue Reading

Lent Bumps 2014 – Summary

Crew Wed Thu Fri Sat Overall Final Position
M1 0 +1 0 +1 +2 12th in Division 1
W1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4 16th in Division 1

M1: [Bow] Andre Thunot, [2] Tom Watson, [3] JT Baird, [4] Conor Burgess, [5] Fletcher Williams, [6] Neil Paul, [7] Craig Lambert, [Stroke] Paddy Buchanan, [Cox] Will Miller, [Coach] Chris Smith, [Boat] Adrian Cadbury.

W1: [Bow] Nicoletta Knoble, [2] Viv Yang, [3] Ellie Archer, [4] Vanessa Tyler, [5] Kate Erin, [6] Marijne Mak, [7] Sophie Harrington, [Stroke] Ellie Re’em, [Cox] Phil Smith, [Sub] Felicity Eperon, [Coach] Roger Thorogood, [Boat] Leo Sharpston.… Continue Reading

Lent Bumps 2014 – Saturday

M1 – Bumped Clare!

We went into the final day of bumps knowing that, most likely, the Clare crew in front of us would bump out at some point along first post reach on a pedestrian Girton boat ahead of them so the plan was simple: hold off Robinson over the course and maybe have a go at an overbump… As with all things this week, it didn’t quite go to plan, but for once the luck was very much with us.

Off the start it was as fast and lively as it had been all week, but like yesterday Clare had an absolute flyer of a start, again gaining their first whistles after we had taken 5 strokes!… Continue Reading