Word From The Captain

It's been a year of great progress for the THBC. The men's first IV won the first silverware in some time at Huntingdon HOR in Michaelemas term, a term that also saw us recruit and train a very promising and enthusiastic group of novices. We sent crews to HOR4s, WeHORR and HORR for the first time in some years and achieved good results at all three.
The Lent bumps saw the club turn around the poor results of recent years with some superb performances, especially from the first men's crew, who won blades for the first time in over a decade. In the May bumps, we had six boats on the river, including a successful men's second VIII and a women's third VIII who elevated themselves from the foot of the river. Many crews were on the wrong side of that elusive "bumps luck", but put in some gutsy and proud performances. The men's first VIII finished the week level, having started between two of the fastest crews on the river, the women's second VIII held off St. Edmunds' first crew as far as the reach on Saturday before misfortune struck and the men's third VIII got to within a length of a double overbump in their first race before being disrupted by illness.
We are now looking forward to finishing the year off in style with an attempt to qualify for the Prince Albert challenge cup at Henley Royal Regatta and are hoping to see lots of black and white support there.
Looking ahead to the future, the spirit of the club has been fantastic this year and we go into next year with a very strong squad. It has been an honour and a pleasure to lead the club this year and I wish Phil Ewels and Sophie Machin the best of luck in 2009/10, I am confident that they will lead the THBC to even greater success.
If you are coming up to Trinity Hall next October, or are already here, and want to be a part of the future of the THBC, don't hesitate to get in touch with them (details on the contacts page). As ever, we will be looking to recruit both experienced oarsmen/oarswomen/coxes and complete novices.

Ian Watkins - THBC Captain 2008/09