THBC had a good May Term with two women’s boats and three men’s boats. M1 gave their best performance for a number of years – they went up two places, bumping Homerton and St Edmunds in the process, narrowing missing out on Girton on the Saturday. M2 also went up one place. Unfortunately for the women, as it often is with Bumps, the results on paper did not reflect the rowing that occurred, with the women’s boats having some strong rows. I would like to thank Hannah, Jamie and Charles for all of their efforts this year and enabling us to go into this year with a strong squad.
We welcomed back 15 senior rowers, 4 coxes and a new schoolboy rower to the Cam, excited to get back on the water. Both the senior men’s and women’s squads trained in IVs this term, competing in races on and off the Cam. At the Isle of Ely Head race we won our first pots for a while, with both a men’s four and women’s winning their divisions.
The lovely new boathouse helped us recruit a massive 45 novices – they are some of the most enthusiastic and committed novices I have seen, and they have achieved some promising results, especially in Fairbairns. We look forward to welcoming them back as Senior rowers next term, when we will have a total of 4 men’s and 3 women’s boats.
We have just returned from a week-long training camp in a much warmer and dryer Seville! We took both a women’s and men’s VIII and enjoyed training on such a long and wide river – it made a nice change to the Cam and allowed us to put in a lot of miles. Thank you very much to Alice Archer and Jeff Cook for giving up their time to coach us on this trip. I hope that this, along with our rowing week on the Cam, will set us up well for the term.
We will be racing on and off the Cam a lot this term and for any supporters wishing to see us in action, we will be racing off-Cam at the Henley Fours and Eights Head (13th February), the Women’s Head of the River Race (London, 5th March) and the Men’s Head of the River Race (London, 19th March). We will also be staying for a training weekend after the race in Henley (13/14th February) so if you would like to coach that weekend, or any other time on-Cam this term, please get in contact (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In terms of alumni involvement this term, there are two main events. The Black and Whites Society dinner this year will be held in London on Thursday 28th January. There will be a couple of alumni boats competing in the Pembroke Regatta in Cambridge (also on the Saturday 13th February), with more details to follow on this from Tom Robins and Nils Gravenhorst.
Happy New Year to you all!
Lizzie Gaunt - THBC Captain 2015/16