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Clare Hall Boat Club

Recruiting Success!

Last Saturday we introduced more than 30 novices to rowing and coxing on the cam.  The sun even made an appearance!  Check out our  Facebook page for more photos.

2014 CHBC Novice Day - 11 October

Ladies and gentlemen -- rowers and coxes -- experienced and non-experienced...come join us!  We're having a introduction day on Saturday the 11th of October so you can meet us and try rowing and/or coxing at Cambridge.   We have a lot of fun and would love to have you join the 10% of the Cambridge student body that partipates in rowing!

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2013-14 Season Wrap-up

After the ‘adventures’ of the 2013 bumps races, both the men’s and women’s boats needed some refurbishment. We used the quieter summer months to bring them back into racing form. While half of the women’s boat was refurbished, the men’s boat has undergone a complete overhaul.  This included changing its colour from the original pale yellow to a more classic white with Clare Hall racing stripes and replacing both worn out gates and fractured footplates.

At the start of the year, taking advantage of a majestic Indian summer day, the CHBC Novice Day gave many of the students, fellows and visiting professors their first introduction to rowing on the Cam. After learning how many layers are needed to stay warm on a cold November morning and the best route for cycling to the boathouse in the dark for a 7am outing, both the men’s and women’s novice teams participated in a number races over Michaelmas, with some success.

Lent term was a different kettle of fish. Water training was limited – despite our location in one of the driest places in the UK, a very wet winter resulted in flooding and many ‘red flag days’ where boating was not allowed. The teams also had to train around the refurbishment of the Green Dragon Bridge, restricting access to one boat per club during the prime morning rowing time. Such conditions were not optimum to prepare for Lent Bumps, and our results were mixed.  While the men’s boat moved up 3 spots, the women’s boat sadly dropped 4.

May term arrived with the promise of sunnier skies and warmer days. The improving weather lured our rowers back to the boathouse – three crews ramped up their training efforts for May bumps.  Our two men’s boats did some racing as part of their preparations, with the M1 winning the Champs 8s Head and X-Press Head and taking second place in two other races.  And training paid off for the M2.  They succeeded in the May Bumps Getting On Race, and for the first time since 2008 Clare Hall had three crews in May Bumps.  The M1 managed to move up 2 places in the challenging M3 division, but unfortunately both the W1 and M2 dropped 4 places.

We had a great year of rowing last year and have high hopes for the season ahead.  We’ll be recruiting for new members this autumn – check out our ‘How to Join’ page on the website for the latest information on joining us.

Olivier MESSE
Clare Hall Boat Club President
June 2014

Monday October 20, 2014
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