W2 May Bumps 2016 Race Reports

Wednesday

On our first day we were all very excited but also nervous, as for some of us it was our first time rowing in bumps. Our nerves were exacerbated by the knowledge that we were being chased by Jesus. However with adrenalin and some really gutsy rowing, we managed to hold Jesus off, they were to close to getting a bump at grassy corner but we kept pushing off of them, until Ditton Corner where they managed to bump us. A very gutsy row from everyone and good coxing calls.

Thursday

On day 2 we were ready and excited and determined to row a good race, however, we were being chased by St Edmunds W1, a very competent crew, and they bumped us very quickly, with a very quick start and very strong rowing. We were disappointed but knew we could not have put any more into the race.

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Friday

We were ready and raring to go for day three of bumps. Whilst we were marshalling Pembroke’s coach pulled us aside and asked us to hold St Cats off for a few minutes, until Pembroke could bump St Cats, however this plan did not unfold. Pembroke were too slow off the start, and St Cats put in a solid, strong row, gaining on us quickly and bumping us by 1st post before Pembroke had chance to bump St Cats.

Saturday

On our final day we were as determined as ever, although a little tired by this point, we were ready to put everything into our final row.  We had a fast start, gaining slighting on Cats, getting our first and only whistle in our bumps campaign. However Pembroke carried on solidly gaining on us until they achieved a bump and brought an end to W2’s May Bumps 2016. Despite being awarded spoons, we all knew that we could not have rowed any harder, or put any more effort in and in that respect we were happy and proud of our performance.

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Back Row: Mollie Cornell, Mascha Mironova, Jemma Offley, Abbie Barnes, Freya Hufton, Amy Bland (coach). Front Row: Aimee North, Kenneth McHardy (cox), Harriet Brien.  Absent: Annabel Allison

M3 May Bumps 2016 Race Reports

Wednesday

M3 went into the first day of bumps full of enthusiasm for the week of bumps. For almost the entire boat, it was their first experience of the carnage that ensues on the river cam. A strong start meant they held FaT |V on station until past the railway bridge. Unfortunately, inexperience in the choppy water caused by ARU meant several crabs were caught and they we’re quickly bumped in the ensuing chaos. Despite this, the crew were happy with their first race and knew they had more to give for the remaining week!

Thursday

A rousing team talk beforehand from our substitute cox, Lorenzo, rallied the crew together. Today was fly-in-order to avoid the sandwich boat position. Lessons were learnt from the day before and every member made a strong effort to square early and hold their bodies strong. Pembroke ||| were just that much faster though, and easily caught Selwyn ||| just before the railway bridge. Everyone knew they had given there all though, sometimes the crew chasing is just faster!

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Friday

M3 today saw the return of their main cox, Oli, who loyally came straight from his last exam (smelling suspiciously of Cava). Unfortunately, they also lost Afnan, probably their strongest rower who had to whizz off the America for work. The plan was to try and hold on for the row over, being top of the division and hope Churchill ||| could quickly catch a faltering Queen’s |V, who had gone down the previous day. They started well, with Churchill gaining on Queens and Selwyn holding them on station past 1st post corner. Despite an excellent line taken by their returning cox around the corner, a lack of fitness and experience showed and they were bumped by Queens. An unfortunate day but nonetheless a solid row!

Saturday

Well aware that they were on the verge of spooning, M3 approached the final day with trepidation. They knew Churchill were fast but could not catch Queens yesterday, so were quietly confident about there chances. However, perhaps from overall tiredness from the previous days racing and of course exams, they were quickly caught to 3 whistles after a slightly dodgy start. Oli called for a power 10, yelling at them to empty the tanks and leave nothing left. They held for a few seconds and nearly pulled away, but Churchill’s excellent fitness and mental discipline meant they were bumped just before first post corner. They had spooned, but not without dignity. There was clearly some excellent potential in their boat and they look forward to continuing rowing next year. Beers were shared round and they could start looking forward to BCD!

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Back Row: Rohit Gupta, Mark Rostock, Matt Escott, Tamas Papp, Edward Rochford, Jack Wu Front Row: Jack Entwistle, Oli Wood (cox), Matthew Sheasby

M2 May Bumps 2016 Race Report

Wednesday

Going into day 1 we knew we were faced with a strong Magdalene crew behind us given their very strong performance in champs head. However as a crew we knew we had made significant improvements since then and were keen to go out hard on Trinity Hall in what was three of the crew’s first May bumps. After a strong start we began gaining on Trinity Hall but not quickly enough. We were bumped by Magdalene around the plough.

Thursday

Going into day 2 we were being chased by Fitzwilliam who had overbumped the day before. Knowing they clearly weren’t a slow crew we knew we were going to fight and that we did. A very strong start and row through the corners kept Fitz on station we weren’t giving them an inch. Just after Ditton Fitz made a move but we countered straight away and the gap remained. It wasn’t until near the end of the reach that Fitz made another move. Unfortunately this time we had nothing left in the tank. They soon started moving up on us and despite giving it everything they caught us 200m from the finish.

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Friday

Stirred on by the knowledge that we were could hold Fitz for almost the entire course we knew that the bump back was more than just possible and we were determined to get it. After a very strong and focused row up and a very promising practise start we were very positive in anticipation of the days racing. We lined up to start and as the cannon went we performed easily our best start of the term and got inside station on Fitz. Throughout the course we gradually ate into Fitz until we had three whistles coming passed the plough. Some brilliant steering by our cox, Peter Mooney, saw us to the bump around Ditton. After my initial confusion as to why I was being told to hold it up mid race I soon realised we had bumped as the crew cheered and we rowed to the bank to collect our greenery.

Saturday

On day 4 we were chasing Churchill who were on for spoons and who were just bumped by Trinity Hall a crew we knew we were quicker then. What we didn’t realise at the time was that they were only bumped due to a rogue crab and were actually a very fast crew. We went out hard but not hard enough and Fitz had an incredible start. They started to gain on us early on and rowed incredibly well and caught us before First Post corner. Unfortunately, the unreliability of budget airlines had caused our 7 to have to miss this day but a big thank you to Edward Lewis for stepping in. Thanks also to our Coach Gareth for all his hard work.

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Back row: Rob Byron, Yuuki Shigemoto, Christoph Klein, Ed Lewis (sub), Jack Kelsall       Front Row: Ted Mackey, George Cole, Peter Mooney (cox), Hector Gardiner

M1 May Bumps 2016: race reports

Wednesday

After gaining three whistles in the final day of Mays last year, but failing to finish the job, Selwyn M1 went out with a vengeance to get that day one bump on Magdalene. Aware of our strong performance in Cambridge racing this term, Magdalene went off quickly and kept us on station through to the Gut. To our dismay they caught Churchill right before Grassy, and we were forced to row past the two crews listening to the loud and emphatic cheers of Magdalene, with the sudden realisation we would not get the day one bump on them we had been hoping for all year.

However, we had settled into a strong race pace and were determined not to go home empty handed. Having started six and a half lengths away from Christ’s, who were three places ahead of us, the gap had already closed to four. We chased them through Grassy, past the Plow and onto the Reach. By this point the gap had narrowed to two lengths and we knew the over-bump was in sight. Our cox called for our race move, allowing us to hit another gear and move into Christs at the fast rate we had all race. One whistle quickly turned to three and before we knew it we had overlap. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly for the crew, our cox slammed on the rudder as he went for bump in the second half the reach, causing us to face the bank. Having been a length away no more than ten seconds ago, confusion quickly turned into cheers as we realised we had just got the first division one over-bump in 13 years. Our focus now turns to the remaining three days of our campaign, and we are eager to bring home for bumps for Selwyn!

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Thursday

We approached today’s racing with the momentum of yesterday’s over-bump, but also the knowledge that we would be chased by a hungry “fly and die” Magdalene crew. Our warm up was strong and effective, having got rid of nerves that seized us yesterday, and the crowds were cheering “GO SELWYN”. We bumped Catz in 400m after opening a wide gap on Magdalene, and watched joyfully as they rowed past with the clear expression of sorrow on their faces that read “what might have been”.
On Friday we will be chasing Kings and a bump will place us at the top of our combined boathouse, a position Selwyn has not held for at least 20 years.

Friday

On Friday we chased Kings, giving us the opportunity to reclaim the top spot of our new combined boathouse. Hot of the back of our success yesterday we were determined to do it again. We got of to a strong start and within thirty seconds had our first whistle. From there on we executed the job swiftly, bumping them before first post corner. Bring on the last day.

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Saturday

We approached Saturday confidently, knowing that Emmanuel, who we were chasing, had not been able to move on Queens in Friday’s racing. To our complete surprise they gained rapidly off the start, and we were forced to use our race move ‘Hawaii’ as we entered the gut, or risk the two crews in front bumping out and leaving us with no one to bump. 800m in Emma had overlap on Queens going round grassy. Meaning after only 2 minutes we were doing our second big race move. The tension and potential disappointment in the boat was massive. Huge thanks go out to Queens were able to hold on and move away from Emma, who’s “fly and die” tactic became apparently clear as we closed a length on them in under 20 strokes. We bumped right before Ditton, achieving our blades and going up six places over the week. Perhaps excusable was the slightly over enthusiastic greenery. Huge thanks to our coaches Rachel Crockford and Henk-Jaap Wagenaar.

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Just how close it was to all being taken away!

New SCBC Committee

Now that Henley is over it is time to announce our new committee. This past year has been a huge success for SCBC. The new boat house was finally completed, M1 got blades and despite boating from a shipping container for the majority of the year we had more keen rowers then ever, including a great group of novices. I want to thank all those who made that possible, especially Teresa and her outgoing committee.

We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year and I’m lucky enough to have an amazing committee to make it all happen with many experienced hands and at least one member from every boat Selwyn put out in Mays this year.

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I’m looking forward to working with this lot and the Henley Fund to make this the best year yet (it will be my 5th). It’s also the first year the overall captain isn’t also the Men’s/Women’s captain so I’ve really got no excuses. Do get in touch if you any questions at all.

Charlie Nye – SCBC President (cjsn3@cam.ac.uk)

New SCBC Committee

Now that Henley is over it is time to announce our new committee. This past year has been a huge success for SCBC. The new boat house was finally completed, M1 got blades and despite boating from a shipping container for the majority of the year we had more keen rowers then ever, including a great group of novices. I want to thank all those who made that possible, especially Teresa and her outgoing committee.

We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year and I’m lucky enough to have an amazing committee to make it all happen with many experienced hands and at least one member from every boat Selwyn put out in Mays this year.

Introducting the SCBC committee no stripes

I’m looking forward to working with this lot and the Henley Fund to make this the best year yet (it will be my 5th). It’s also the first year the overall captain isn’t also the Men’s/Women’s captain so I’ve really got no excuses. Do get in touch if you any questions at all.

Charlie Nye – SCBC President (cjsn3@cam.ac.uk)

Tom Page award winner 2016: Amy Bland

This year’s Tom Page award (for enthusiasm and dedication to the Boat Club) went to one of our first-year students, Theologian Amy Bland. Amy came up as a senior rower, having rowed for the best part of the last decade already, and rowed with Selwyn W1 in Michaelmas before taking over as W2 coach for Lent and Easter. We interviewed Amy about her rowing life…

SE: What made you start rowing?
Amy: I started rowing when I was 9 years old. We were given a booklet at school of sports you could try during the holidays. I wanted to do kayaking, but you had to be 10, so I thought rowing was the next best thing. From then I was hooked and have since rowed in all the different boat classes (except 2+) in a whole variety of races.
SE: What do you like most about rowing?
Amy: I love the feeling of being on the water and making the boat go fast and smooth. Also the team element is really great.

SE: What’s your favourite thing about SCBC?
Amy: I love the mix of people in the boat club and how visible the improvements are. There were some people who rowed in the first boat who only picked up an oar in October.

SE: Is there anything you would change about the boat club?
Amy: More integration between the men and women’s squad. The first time I spoke to most of the men was at training camp very Easter.
 
Thanks Amy, we hope you have a good summer and stay in love with rowing!
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Selwyn M1 Race Report – Thursday Mays 2016

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We approached today’s racing with the momentum of yesterday’s over-bump, but also the knowledge that we would be chased by a hungry “fly and die” Magdalene crew. Our warm up was strong and effective, having got rid of nerves that seized us yesterday, and the crowds were cheering “GO SELWYN”. We bumped Catz in 400m after opening a wide gap on Magdalene, and watched joyfully as they rowed past with the clear expression of sorrow on their faces that read “what might have been”.
On Friday we will be chasing Kings and a bump will place us at the top of our combined boathouse, a position Selwyn has not held for at least 20 years.

Selwyn M1 Race Report – Wednesday Mays 2016

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After gaining three whistles in the final day of Mays last year, but failing to finish the job, Selwyn M1 went out with a vengeance to get that day one bump on Magdalene. Aware of our strong performance in Cambridge racing this term, Magdalene went off quickly and kept us on station through to the Gut. To our dismay they caught Churchill right before Grassy, and we were forced to row past the two crews listening to the loud and emphatic cheers of Magdalene, with the sudden realisation we would not get the day one bump on them we had been hoping for all year.

However, we had settled into a strong race pace and were determined not to go home empty handed. Having started six and a half lengths away from Christ’s, who were three places ahead of us, the gap had already closed to four. We chased them through Grassy, past the Plow and onto the Reach. By this point the gap had narrowed to two lengths and we knew the over-bump was in sight. Our cox called for our race move, allowing us to hit another gear and move into Christs at the fast rate we had all race. One whistle quickly turned to three and before we knew it we had overlap. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly for the crew, our cox slammed on the rudder as he went for bump in the second half the reach, causing us to face the bank. Having been a length away no more than ten seconds ago, confusion quickly turned into cheers as we realised we had just got the first division one over-bump in 13 years. Our focus now turns to the remaining three days of our campaign, and we are eager to bring home for bumps for Selwyn!

Robert Galbenu Men’s Captain 2016

Technical improvements for May Bumps 2016

Of course, the training doesn’t just start now. The athletes of SCBC have been working since Michaelmas with this goal in mind: success in May Bumps. It’s been a long time coming, with many outings and many, many hours on the ergs logged, and now with only a few months remaining we need to pick up the pace.

But it’s not just about fitness, it’s also about finesse, and some of SCBC’s engineering undergrads have put their heads together to make sure Selwyn’s boats are the best on the water before the rowers even get into them. They’ve spent hours making sure our boats are are streamlined as possible, that they ride high enough but not too high in the water, etc. As an experiment, which we will repeat with Selwyn’s other boats if successful, we have coated John Farr with a hydrophobic chemical which repels water, which should shave valuable seconds off the crew’s time by reducing drag between the boat’s surface and the water, the air layer causing slip through a two-phase flow.

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By far the most drastic change, however, has been the decision to remove the cox from our upper boats (something which currently is not a financially viable plan for the whole squad) so as to reduce the weight of the boat. It was, in fact, one of our recent ex-novices who came up with this- at first quite shocking- idea, and they got together with two other engineers and a non-SCBC friend in Computer Science. Together, they have produced an ingenious system whereby the rudder has been connected to a radio-controlled operating frame, using which the cox can steer the boat without even leaving the boathouse. This has actually enabled our coxes to use even greater precision in manoeuvring the boat than before, allowing them to adjust the rudder by fractions of degrees. With one GoPro at the bow and one at the stern, our cox is afforded an excellent view (though with a blind spot behind the boat, to which the only solution so far has been to leave stern pair in charge of spotting possible hazards behind the boat) with the feed from both cameras displayed side by side on their laptop back at the boathouse. Finally, the simplest part of this set-up is a fairly normal radio-link between a headset and the boat’s speaker system, allowing the cox to maintain their important motivational role.

We currently have the two upper boats kitted out in this way, and W1 and M1 will be trialling the system in the first fortnight of term- we have high hopes for success! Of course the significant weight loss from the boat certainly won’t be enough to get us all blades by itself, but together with all our other technical improvements and some intense training and commitment, it might just do the trick…

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