Word From The Captain

THBC can be pleased with a very promising Lent term. It is the way of the Bumps that the results on paper don’t always reflect the quality of the crews.
The women’s first VIII was particularly unlucky in this respect. Full race reports can be found here. Overall, though we remain at the head of the second division, it was a very impressive week of rowing by W1.
On the men’s side, the first VIII unfortunately went down 2 places: on Thursday and Friday they were caught by extremely fast Fitzwilliam and Churchill crews, who both bumped five times to win blades. Again, the results do not reflect the quality of rowing that M1 are capable of, and the improvement that they have shown this term. With the whole crew continuing next term, M1 have a strong foundation to build on for the Mays.
Following CUCBC’s decision to cut several divisions from Lent Bumps, the competition for bumps places was extremely high. The second men’s VIII did very well to get-on (especially with a broken footplate!) Despite being a crew of ex-novices, they also had a strong bumps campaign, holding their position in the third division. Nerves and inexperience got the better of M2 on Wednesday and they were bumped by a fast Fitzwilliam M2. However, they soon recovered and rowed over on Thursday and Friday. They ended on a high by bumping Magdalene M3 on Saturday.
The second women’s VIII very narrowly missed out on getting-on, as the third fastest non-qualifying crew of nineteen. As another boat composed entirely of ex-novices, it was a very good effort, and their enthusiasm and commitment to training has set them up well for the Mays. The mixed third VIII has also had a good term, enjoying the sunshine with more relaxed outings on the weekends. They will be competing in the Catz Cardinals Regatta next week.
In other news, both of the first boats have enjoyed some off-Cam training weekends at Henley this term. It has been an invaluable experience – we have benefitted enormously from the opportunity to row with Upper Thames RC on a brilliant stretch of water (uninterrupted 2K pieces!). W1 also competed in the Henley Fours and Eights Head on 14th February, winning their division and coming home with medals!
On behalf of the Club I would like to thank everyone who has supported us this term. I would particularly like to thank those who have so generously coached us - we really do appreciate all of your time and effort.
Finally, I would like to let you know that progress continues on the boathouse redevelopment - it is looking fantastic!
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact me – it is always so lovely to hear from alumni. Here’s looking forward to a successful May term.

Row Hall!

Hannah Karet - THBC Captain 2014/15