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Vacancy: Rowing Coach & Boathouse Manager

We require an experienced professional to coach Mens’ and Womens’ crews of all abilities and to ensure that a high standard of facilities, services and security are provided and maintained at the College Boathouse and grounds. The post holder will provide full support for SCCBC members and qualified support for any others entitled to legitimate use of the Boathouse.

The Rowing Coach will liaise with all captains to arrange coaching plans for all boats and will assist with all races including the bumps. A detailed knowledge of BR RowSafe, a BR Coaching Qualification, and a valid driving licence with category B and E entitlement are required. 

For an application pack, please contact Sue Camps, Bursar’s Assistant, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge CB2 1RL, email – cathsjob@hermes.cam.ac.uk

To apply, please complete the College Application from and submit with a covering letter. CV’s may also be sent in, but will not be considered in isolation. These should be sent electronically to Sue Camps at cathsjob@hermes.cam.ac.uk

If you have specific questions about the role itself then please contact Sue on the email address above.  Closing date is 20th December 2017 at 12 noon and it is expected that the selection process will take place in January 2018. 

in the region of £30,000 per annum
: Wednesday 20 December 2017

Emma Sprints

Today saw the first on-water race of the novice women's calendar as our two boats of cats from Catz competed in Emma Sprints.

Unconvinced by the apparent importance of race starts in sprint events, the trusty LBCs had taken the executive decision to build from backstops in what can only be described as excellent long-term planning for Fairbairns domination. However it was quickly decided after NW2's first race that short-term Emma Sprints domination would also be quite nice, and the crews adapted well to an unpracticed start from front stops. In NW2's first race, they understandably lost some early ground to a strong-starting Eddy's NW1, but held a really nice, co-ordinated rhythm over the length of the reach and, until thwarted by a broken seat, were reeling them in. In their second race, they had a stronger start and were about level with Downing NW2, then pulled away as Downing caught a crab. We then caught a nasty crab ourselves but excellent coxing by Raunak meant we managed to stop the boat and reset quickly. We had about a length to catch up on Downing with 300m to go and were eating up the water between us and them coming into the last 200m. Then disaster struck as Robyn's footplate at stroke came out, but the girls adapted brilliantly and Katy at 7 kept a strong rhythm going which allowed us to hunt down Downing with just 7 rowers, squeezing past them with about 10m to go to beat them to the line. Incredible scenes.

NW1 prepared for their races with all footplates tightened and tightened again and all seats securely in position. They started well in race 1 and were looking strong against Downing NW1. We would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for that pesky footplate, as unfortunately the stroke footplate once again took on a life of its own and decided it no longer wanted to be involved in the race. The girls powered through well to the end but were unlucky that, this time around, Downing could not be beaten with only 7 rowers. In their second race, Lucy Cav NW1 had a strong start and pulled away early on, but the girls set a strong rhythm, hitting r28 while still maintaining solid technique, and comfortably held them for the remainder of the race.

Today's sprints showed a lot of promise, as the strongest elements of our races were those that will be carried through to Fairbairns: the good timing and chunky rowing once we had settled into our rhythm. Well done to everyone for a fantastic effort with some nice technical rowing and excellent accommodation of the various challenges that were thrown our way!

SCCBC Promo Video

A video compilation of some recent highlights from SCCBC. If you're joining St Catharine's in October 2017 and want to try rowing, check out the Get Involved pages, find us at the freshers' squash, and stay tuned for information about our annual freshers' BBQ!

Race Report M2 - Day 4

Day 4 - Result: rowed over

Starting positions: Queens’ M2 - St Catharine’s M2 - Christ’s M2 - Peterhouse M2 - LMBC M3

Held station with Queen’s off the start, up to Plough Reach. Christ's, knowing that LMBC would outpace them over the course, pushed very hard off the start, and closed in on us, to within half a boat-length. But we thought only of Queens’ ahead, and made our first move on Plough Reach - they defended well and we were still on station with them around Ditton Corner and onto the Long Reach. After 200m we unleashed a second offensive, and gradually began to close the gap, to a boat length under the Railway Bridge. We then threw everything at them, grinding them down - to two whistles and half a boat-length as we passed the P&E, then just a canvas as we headed towards the finish. James called for the kill and we had overlap, but Queens’ saved themselves across the finish line (and collapsed) - narrowly denying us the final bump, in what was a worthy, epic battle. The greatest respect to an incredible Catz M2 crew, for giving everything over the term and in every race, deservedly making this such a successful bumps campaign!

Pugwash Mays day 4 - Part Two

I still haven't been blocked from posting on the website, so I'm going to make the most of it. Plus I think this stuff is worth talking about.

Pugwash Mays day 4 - A Bump Occurred!

Unfornately we were on the recieving end. Click for the rest of the story, it's really interesting. 

Mays 2017: M3 Day 4

Less than a foot off bumping Hughes Hall, wide round grassy and straight into a parked Caius crew. Gutted, technical overbump. -1 for the campaign. Bring on BCD!

W2 Mays: Day 2

Today W2 were chasing Hughes/Lucy W2 and they were chasing Jesus W3 in what we knew was likely to become a three-boat sandwich. We welcomed Alice Vaughan as today's special guest sub, and now that everyone was back to rowing on the right side, the plan was to return to the normal aggressive start sequence and grind Hughes/Lucy down, knowing we could catch them eventually.

H/L seemed to go for the fly-and-die approach as they held us roughly on station for the first minute and a half, by which point they'd narrowed their own gap on Jesus to about half a length. They got to canvas on Jesus but began to break as we closed our gap to a length. As we hit grassy corner, the two crews close ahead of Jesus bumped out and Jesus escaped unscathed, but Hughes/Lucy got stuck in the bank going wide and we had to hold it up behind them. Determined to continue, and thanks to some excellent coxing under pressure by Sid, we navigated around Hughes/Lucy and restarted strongly, ready to hunt down Jesus. They had extended the distance between us to about 3 lengths while we reset, but we demolished the gap with some nice chunky rowing and it was down to a length by the end of plough reach. Within a further minute, we'd easily caught them in what was neither a bump nor an overbump, but can probably be called a bump-and-a-half.

Then came the wait to find out what the umpires would make of the chaos earlier on. Hughes/Lucy had crucially been denied the chance to bump Jesus at grassy, but at that point we had been gaining faster than they were. It was decided that the three of us would have to rerow - this was disappointing after a great effort in chasing down the bump-and-a-half, but we put our game faces back on and turned around to go again, knowing that we were well-prepared after a term of hard work on the ergs.

We knew we needed to move earlier this time if we were to have a decent chance of catching Hughes/Lucy before they got Jesus. After a solid start and delayed stride, we were clearly gaining better on Hughes/Lucy than in the first row, and got them down to a length within 2 minutes. Both gaps narrowed to half a length but we lost some ground coming out of grassy and Hughes/Lucy continued to close on Jesus. It was time for the kill call and we upped the rate on plough reach, but sadly could not close the three-quarter-length gap in the time it took Hughes/Lucy to get from one-quarter to a bump, as Jesus fell back on them coming into the headwind on the reach.

It was a really frustrating row-over as Hughes/Lucy were easily catchable over a slightly longer distance and Jesus were frankly too pathetic to hold them off for long enough to allow us to save their sorry behinds.  But we will be chasing said sorry behinds tomorrow with a vengeance.


Steely determination in the rerow

Pugwash Mays day 3 - The Wrong Trousers

Today marked the end of the spoons campaign. This disappointed many members of the crew, who still associated "spoons" with the fine* drinking establishment on Regent Street.

Mays 2017: M3 Day 3

After the calm comes the storm: as ever, drama off the water often can be as intriguing as action on the water. Needing to find a sub, we were always going to be up against it today and looking down the charts, we really didn't fancy being chased by a fearsome Ruskin crew tomorrow. Clare Hall M1 weren't going to be easy though, and held us at station for the start. Ruskin M1 quickly dispatched Wolfson M2 in front of us and we focused in on the task at hand, coming within a length round grassy. A big push on Plough reach saw us come within quarter of a length coming round Ditton. However, the quick destruction of yesterday was not in today's script. Three whistles became two as they dug deep and tried to break our spirits. But coming under the railway bridge they hit the wind and we hit them hard. Three whistles, continuous then smashing into their stern half way to Morley's Holt. A cracking result - chasing Hughes Hall M2 tomorrow. Going to be a cracker in the sunshine.