From the Women’s Captain
For BLBC women at Cambridge Head, we have gone from racing a single women’s IV in 2016, to racing two women’s VIIIs and a IV at the 2018 Winter Head. We went to Cambridge with the biggest group of BLBC women in recent memory, and I am extremely proud of how much the club has grown. Everyone had a really enjoyable day down by the Cam, with Cambridge Head continuing to be my favourite Head Race.
The first VIII began the women’s racing, chased by the George’s women’s first VIII, who disappeared into the distance behind us early in the race. Despite it being her first race on the Cam, our cox Olivia easily took us round the two infamous 90 degree bends, and we finished strong with our overall time putting us just behind Vets and RUMS. The 2nd VIII also had a strong race, with the majority of the boat having their first race on the Cam, including our cox Mat, who again handled the challenging course well. Following on in the same division, four women from the first VIII rowed the course a second time in a IV, and were the fastest women’s IV out of the UH crews racing at Cambridge.
It’s been a positive start to the Head Race season, and has motivated the entire women’s squad to push through the tough winter training.
From the Men’s Captain
The men raced in the student division and came 5th in the 1st tier student category behind local colleges; Downing, Pembroke, Trinity and Jesus. We placed 9th in whole competition with a time of 08:25. BLBC was the top boat out of all UH crews. The men’s 2nd boat came 11th in the second tier student category and 71st overall with a time of 09:47