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Henley Women’s Regatta – King’s W1

We arrived at Henley Thursday evening with eager anticipation for KCBC womens’ first attempt at Henley Women’s Regatta in recent memory. Our confidence was boosted by a successful May Bumps bumping up four but in our typical pattern for the term, we had been unable to get any outings with the full crew prior to Henley Women’s due to May Week. We had our first row as a Henley crew and a taste of Henley’s famous course early Friday morning before the race which went well. We knew we would be up against a challenging field, with only 16 of a field of approximately 30 university crews qualifying.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2015 – Summary

Crew Wed Thu Fri Sat Overall Final Position
M1 0 0 +1 0 +1 9th in Division 1
W1 0 +1 +1/+1 +1 +4 16th in Division 1
M2 0 -1 -1 -1 -3 4th in Division 4
W2 0 +1 +1 +1 +3 6th in Division 4
M3 0 -1 -1 -1 -3 8th in Division 5

M1: [Bow] Chris Jones, [2] Ollie Sluijters, [3] Adam Townson, [4] Tom Watson, [5] Fletcher Williams, [6] Conor Burgess, [7] Conor Bacon, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine, [Cox] Will Miller, [Coach] Chris Smith, [Boat] Adrian Cadbury.

M2: [Bow] Ash Simkins, [2] Will Miller, [3] Theo Di Castri, [4] Joe Gaffney, [5] Ed Bentley, [6] Simon Butterworth, [7] Kittiphat ‘Am’ Chanthong, [Stroke] Kert Putsepp, [Cox] Anthony DeSouza-Edwards, [Coach] Chris Braithwaite, [Boat] Vicky Wade.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2015 – Friday

W1 – Bumped Murray Edwards and Selwyn
In our full crew for the first time this Bumps, we rowed up to the start filled with confidence from our bump on Trinity Hall yesterday. We knew Murray Edwards might be tough to catch today but we were determined to bump them and carry on upwards into the first division. Coming past The Plough our practise starts were strong and secure. When the cannons finally went we had a solid start and quickly gained a whistle on Murray Edwards. As we came around First Post Corner we continued to creep up on them and before long had progressed to two whistles.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2015 – Thursday

M3 – Bumped by Pembroke III
Preparation for day two was not going well: we’d lost a member of the crew to injury and had had to find a last-minute sub. Nonetheless, we had nine people by the time we pushed off, so it could’ve been worse. Worse didn’t take too long. We made it to our station with a good practice start, where we were given some bad news: Tit Hall hadn’t turned up, so the boat in front of us (Jesus M4, who we were confident we could catch) got a free bump. This left us in a difficult position: we had no chance of bumping and were being chased by the formidable Pembroke M3.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2015 – Wednesday

M2 – Rowed over head of Division 4, Rowed over as Division 3 sandwich boat
At the start of Mays, King’s M2 is back in its favourite position: sandwich boat. Having not gotten enough of the 7 races in Lents, we were determined to knock out at least another 5 in Mays. In our first race as head of the M4 division, the pressure was on as Clare III were hot on our heels. Consistent power in the first half of the race allowed us to stay comfortably ahead until Clare were bumped out by Fitz II. The rest of the course was plain sailing (or should that be rowing?), with just enough motivation from the distant Darwin boat to keep us focused until the very end.… Continue Reading

May Bumps 2015 – Division Times and Marquee

This year’s May Bumps run from Wednesday 10th June to Saturday 13th 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 13th 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 Kate Erin (parking spaces are available based on needs first, and then first come, first served).… Continue Reading

Women’s Eights Head of the River Race 2015

W1 — 206th overall, 24:00.7
It was an early start for the crew, heading down to London for our first experience on the Tideway. After having our division cancelled in the previous year, we were looking forward to finally getting a chance to row on the Thames. Paddling down to marshall, we warmed up and got used to the choppier waters— very different from what we were used to on the Cam! As we passed the start line, the crew wound it up to a steady rate 32, getting off to a strong start. It was quickly evident that we were gaining on the crew in front of us, getting into position for an overtake.… Continue Reading

Lent Bumps 2015 – Summary

Crew Wed Thu Fri Sat Overall Final Position
M1 +1 +1 +1 0 +3 9th in Division 1
W1 -1 -1 -1 0 -3 2nd in Division 2
M2 0/0 0/0 -1 +1/0 0 1st in Division 4

M1: [Bow] Kittiphat “Am” Chanthong, [2] Fletcher Williams, [3] Chris Jones, [4] Jack Wright, [5] Conor Burgess, [6] Olivier Sluijters, [7] Conor Bacon, [Stroke] Lachlan Jardine, [Cox] Will Miller, [Coach] Chris Smith, [Boat] Adrian Cadbury.

W1: [Bow] Sophie Harrington, [2] Hana Lewington, [3] Niamh Mulcahy, [4] Vanessa Tyler, [5] Christina Woolner, [6] Phoebe Thompson, [7] Ellie Archer, [Stroke] Antoanela Siminiuc, [Cox] Colette Bane, [Coach] Roger Thorogood and Mike Arnold, [Boat] Leo Sharpston.… Continue Reading

Lent Bumps 2015 – Saturday

W1 – Rowed Over
Excited for the final day of Bumps, and determined not to get the spoons that were looming on the horizon, W1 had a good row down. It was pretty windy, which meant that there was some trepidation about the corners – tight or wide? Our cox dealt with the corners deftly, but Homerton were not so lucky. They were bumped out by our boat-house-buddies Selwyn around the corners, giving us a little breathing space. Our hopes of bumping Trinity Hall still seemed plausible, we had everything to row for. But at the Reach, Trinity Hall came into their own, and pulled away from us.… Continue Reading

Lent Bumps 2015 – Friday

M1 – Bumped Christ’s
Day three saw us up against Christ’s who we knew would put a fight. If we were to bump them, we would have to go out hard, take the race to them, and make the bump happen. We did. After an aggressive start and a slightly altered start sequence (as we were now starting a lot closer to the motorway bridge) we lifted up onto an attacking rhythm, using the images of Girton closing in on us from the previous day as inspiration. The boat was moving well with catches going in sharply, but we were riding on some seriously choppy water, churned up by the closest few crews in front.… Continue Reading