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We are delighted to share the final results of this year's Summer VIIIs, especially since the Christ Church W1 boat held their Headship!
6 Jun 2024
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Photo: Al Craigie et al.
Photo: Al Craigie et al.

Overall results of this year's Summer VIIIs are listed here, and a final summary of Christ Church's campaign can be found below. It was a spectacular week of racing, especially considering the difficulties training over the last few months.

Report from Benjamin Joseph, President, on Day Four (Saturday 25 May)

Starting and Finishing Positions:

M3 — 67 --> 65

M2 — 28 --> 29

W2 — 34 --> 37

M1 — 2 --> 2

W1 — 1 --> 1

M3 once again came painfully close to a bump, catching GTC II to a canvas before the gut. Alas, the only klaxon of the entire Summer VIIIs occurred in our division just as we were about to close in. Overall, despite being a cumulative 2ft off blades this week, the crew had a great time and look forward to next year's beer boat.

With only a metre between M2 and Peter’s, and despite a valiant effort to hold a Blues-powered GTC at bay, we rowed our best and quickest but were unfortunately bumped in the gut. M2 had a relatively successful campaign in a very competitive division of M1s and we are still the second highest M2 on the river.

W2 had a positive eights despite some hitches. After two unlucky bumps on days 1 and 2, we had a really strong row over on Thursday, almost getting an overbump on Univ W2. This really showed how this crew pulled together after limited training time We made up over 5 lengths in the Eights course which is a strong showing- especially with a rower who only learnt to row 3 weeks before! Unfortunately on the last day we were bumped by the blades winning Pembroke W2 to put us back in Division 4. 

Although perhaps not the result we had hoped for, we were glad to be able to put out this W2 and all the girls had a good time regardless!

While a row over may not sound like a very exciting result, M1 applied themselves one more time to the goal of staying far away from Keble. Far from the nail-biting near overlap of the first and third days, M1 confidently executed a simple yet efficient plan to keep it calm and powerful. We enjoyed a real burst of energy from everyone cheering us on from the boathouse, and were able to pull even further from Keble and achieve our goal of safely keeping our 2nd spot. Thank you on behalf of M1 to everyone who came to support us and lend us some strength, and we hope you enjoyed the racing!

W1 had a great last day. After a week of solid racing, we hoped we had enough momentum to secure a second women's Headship for the House. With the four crews behind us bumping out by Greenbanks, we were able to enjoy a last row up the Island as the Headship crew.

Thank you so much to everyone who came down to the Boat House and sent messages of encouragement throughout the week. We are also indebted to the coaching team, the committee, the Boat Club Society and the rest of the club for their support in making this happen. It was an honour and a privilege to represent the House and bring this Headship home.

It was a pleasure to meet with so many past rowers during Summer VIIIs, both by the river and at the splendid Boat Club Society Dinner. The support of alumni means so much to all of us at the House. We hope that many more of you will join us for the ChChBC Henley Regatta Pimm's Party on Saturday 6 July!


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