2014 will see the third incarnation of this annual event for all College Members who were involved in rowing or the Boat Club during their time at St Catharine's. It provides the chance to reconnect with old friends and to celebrate the club's successes with the current crews. There will be gentle outings in tubs as well as some sessions in eights and races between current and alumni crews. The day's activities are followed by a dinner with both current crews and alumni. The evening will begin with drinks in the SCR from 6.45pm followed by dinner in Hall at 7.30pm.
Booking is now open at the College Alumni and Development Office events webpage.
For more information contact James Wagstaff on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll quickly start with some perspective... Catz has only fielded two or three M2s in Michaelmas since 2000, and whilst we haven't managed to locate earlier archives, it's fair to say it has been a long time since we've had 3 Senior Men's boats in Michaelmas term. This is a great testament to the current strength and immense keeness of the boat club.
Now onto Fairbairns. After some confusion before the start, we had to wind up quickly, and were soon underway. We held a good rate throughout, and whilst the power that saw us match M2 at Winter Head earlier in term was slightly diminished, we held strong and had a consistent race. We finished in a very respectable 16 minutes, 58 seconds. Whilst we certainly weren't the top boat on the Cam, it was certainly quick enough to beat the three other M3s as well as a number of M1s, and to be (temporarily) recorded as fastest Women's VIII due to a minor admin oversight!
Overall we had a really fun term, and I'm sure I can speak for the crew in saying - bring on Lent!
Both the first and the last race before Fairbairns, Winter Head was a solid performance from the W1 IV. Rowing the course at an unflagging rate 32 they finished in a time of 11:57, placed more or less exactly in the middle of the field. (20th out of 36 IVs.) Particular credit should be given to the stroke, Alex, for maintaining her usual metronome-like rythmn despite a shoulder injury.
This puts us in an exciting position for Fairbairns. We'll be hoping to use our Winter Head race as a solid platform to build from.