"The history of the Trinity Hall Boat Club, when all is said - however eloquently and well - is a history of rowing hard"
F. H. Maugham (in "A History of the Trinity Hall Boat Club", 1930)
THBC got together a very pleasing five boats for the May Bumps (two women's, three for the men), and although results were mixed, the club spirit was still riding high by BCD. I'd like to thank Sam and Sarah for all their hard work and commitment to the club over the past year.
Both M3 and W2 saw some great enthusiasm from novices and returning rowers and coxes alike. Although W2 had difficulties in getting together a schedule early on enough in term, the tenacity they showed in the bumps themselves was admirable as they showed very real potential as a crew and as rowers both in terms of technical ability and strength. M3 likewise proved themselves to be well motivated and although deprived of a possible bump on the first day by a technical row-over after other (less competent) crews ahead of them caused carnage on the river through poor steering, they fought hard for the rest of the week, unluckily out-pulled by stronger crews behind them in the division.
M2 gave a great performance, treading leaves and bits of foliage through the boathouse on their way in on two nights of the bumps and showing true determination in their fights for the other two. M1 also gave their all, and even though they were unlucky in terms of results, they showed great spirit in the face of stiff competition. In addition they sent a joint coxless IV with Caius to the qualifiers at Henley Royal Regatta for the Visitors' Challenge Cup. Although they didn't qualify for the regatta, it was a great experience and we hope will set a precedent for Trinity Hall boats entering what is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious fixtures in the international rowing calendar.
W1 gave some excellent races, in particular with a nail-biting row-over on the Friday night chasing St Catharine's, 1 length off Catz until almost at the railway bridge. Although on the Saturday Peterhouse W1 bumped them near First Post, getting blades in the process, the women came home having given their all.
Though several of our crews found themselves on the wrong side of the elusive "bumps luck", the Club put in some proud and courageous performances. We hope to build on this spirit next year, and succeed in competing in both on- and off-Cam races.
The coming year will see the big push towards the redevelopment of the Boat House and we hope to involve as many current and alumni members of the Club as possible in support of this endeavour.
If you are coming up to Trinity Hall in October and would like to be a part of the club, don't hesitate to get in touch, whether you've rowed before or are a complete novice. We're always looking for keen oarsmen and women to take THBC on to success in the future.
Livi Carrington, THBC Captain 2013/14