University Fours 2016 - Day 2

Having been awarded the only "easily" victory margin from quarter-finals day, we were feeling good for day 2. It was business as normal as Basile sprinted in half way through the warm up apologising profusely about his skittish relationship with his small collection of proteins. Paddling down to the lock we were feeling good, the sun was out and yesterday's wind had found more important people to annoy.

Our semi-final was against an unknown FaT crew who had narrowly beaten Queens' the day before. Starting off upstream station we struggled to find the strong rhythm from yesterday, and watched as the crew behind drew to well within station by First Post. However, after another 3823 rhythm calls and shouts from Basile to "decompose the stroke," we found new purpose and slowly but surely drew away in the glassy waters of Plough Reach. Like Will towards an organic salt and pepper cracker, we sprinted for the line. We were in the final for the second year running.

Going into the final we were definitely the underdogs. We sprinted hard off the start, rating like a GB eight that had accidentally taken sculling blades to the Olympics. However, the crew that had bladed to head of the river in Mays soon started to show their class, and it took a colossal effort to hold them level on the reach. Like the defenestration of Prague, history had repeated itself and we were runners up again.

It's a bitter-sweet goodbye to our half-boat, half-submarine as we start in the eight next week. Next stop - Fairbairn's.

University Fours 2016 - Day 1

Thursday October 27, the first race of the season was upon us. There was definitely tension in the boathouse, would we win? Would Basile be on time? Yes was the correct answer to only one of these questions. We began the paddle down, half way through which Sid announced he had never won a race from the cox's seat. Our nerves suitably settled by this inspirational speech, we paddled down to Baitsbite and waited our turn for the start, attracting plenty of laughs as we were *marginally* too heavy for the boat, and therefore sitting somewhere in between the rest of the crews and the CUWBC boat under Barnes Bridge earlier this year.

Having watched M1b and W1 set off, we drew up to the start on upstream station. Due to our insatiable desire for an even set, our standing start was a tad more controlled than it could have been, giving King's a small advantage off the start. However, there we held them in the calm waters of First Post Reach. Hitting the corners we found new rhythm, leaving King's in the wake of our boat come submarine. The wind hit hard as we rounded Fen Ditton, but by then the result was clear. And for all those wondering, Basile was indeed late (again).

Unfortunately M1b lost narrowly to a strong Downing crew, but for a crew that was scratch this morning and only decided at crew pasta last night, they showed a lot of promise moving forwards into the eight next week. Special thanks to Sam for subbing in last minute after only rowing with the SCCBC for three weeks, and to Jill for helping out with marshalling.

Bring on the semi-finals tomorrow. 

Boston Marathon 2016

This one was tough. On Sunday, September 18th the first competitive Catz quad for many years (if not the first ever) took to the River Witham in Lincoln for a brutal 31-mile battle against cramp, blisters and pond weed. A strong first leg down to Bardney Lock saw us easing past others in our division, even with Matt's zig-zag approach to some of the straight sections. Things started to get gritty after the lock, with cramp and blisters setting in. Both were here to stay and over the next two hours wore us down, with only Basile's cracked pepper crackers and inspirational speeches about all the electrolytes we would get at the finish to keep us going. At the 40km mark we rallied, perhaps in part due to Will's singing (album dropping soon), blasting past singles, quads and eights alike. Dragging what must have been a small forest of pond weed from the rudder we made it through the finish having shed blood, sweat and (mainly on my part) tears.

Part Time Coaching Vacancies at SCCBC

St Catharine’s College Boat Club is looking to appoint head coaches for both their Men’s and Women’s squads, starting October 2016.

Founded in 1833, the club is ambitious and possesses a rich rowing history. With its own facilities, a modern fleet and driven young athletes, it aims to compete at both college and national events.

Please see the attached document for further details.

W1 - May Bumps 2016 - Day 4

After three years of no bumps in Mays, and 2 and half years since the last time Catz W1 has ever bumped we finally did it. We caught King's. We said we would and we delivered; on plough reach to be exact. It now leaves us as the sandwich boat of division 1. So a fantastic way to end this year of rowing and hopefully the start of some more bumps!

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