|Christ Church Boat Club|
The week is over, and Christ Church Boat Club has successfully completed another bumps campaign. As only the second bumps regatta in the last three years, the club did exceptionally well to field seven competitive VIIIs.
M3 and M4 had a challenging campaign, gaining fame across the Oxford College Rowing community when M4 bumped M3 on Wednesday. Both crews fought hard to maintain their places in the top half of Division 6, but sadly luck wasn't on their side. The boys put in gutsy performances every day of the regatta, and are looking forward to getting revenge in Summer Eights.
Coach: Evan Falstrup
W3 had a good week of racing, rowing over three of the four days. Some bad luck on Thursday saw them get bumped by Wolfson W4 and Osler House W2, but the girls put in great defensive performances on Friday and Saturday, rowing over on both days.
Coach: Jemima Furness
W2 had an exceptional week, bumping Mansfield W2, Wadham W2 (chain bump), Regents Park W1 (overbump), St John's W2 and Queens W1 to win blades. After a challenging term of crew changes and lost training due to Covid, the girls put in an incredible performance. Their crew captain, Poppy Sparrow, was sadly unable to compete this week due to the effects of long Covid. Poppy was the backbone of the crew throughout the term, finding availability for extra outings, securing last-minute subs, and generally keeping spirits up all the way through to the end of Torpids. She's looking forward to re-joining the crew in their pursuit of a second set of blades in Summer Eights.
Coach: Simon Mungall
M2 bumped Pembroke M2 on Wednesday to secure 2nd Boat Headship. A very determined Wolfson M2 chased them on Thursday and Friday, but in the end our boys proved stronger, rowing over on both days. They ended the week on a high, bumping Corpus Christi M1.
Coach: Max Thompson
W1 had a solid week in the top half of Division 1. Though you wouldn't be able to spot them, four members of the crew have less than 24 weeks of rowing experience. The girls stayed resilient throughout the week, closing Oriel W1 to a canvas (or less!) on multiple occasions.
Coach: James Bracey (Head Coach)
M1 bumped up to 2nd on the River, the first time our M1 has been in this position on a rising pattern for quite some time. They overbumped Pembroke on Wednesday, and after some excellent strategic planning from JB, secured a bump on St Catherine's on Friday. The crew has set up next year's M1 for a chance to win the Headship, and are looking forward to their own Headship campaign in Summer Eights this year.
Coach: James Bracey (Head Coach)
Superficially, the results for some boats this Torpids might not be what they had hoped for; however, every single one of our crews this week showed the resilience that Christ Church Boat Club prizes above all else. As we look ahead to Summer Eights, we hope to do the House proud, not only with this determination, but also with bumps, blades, and maybe even a Headship.
I cannot conclude this report without extending my thanks to the student committee, senior committee, and our coaching team for their incredible work keeping the Boat Club running. Their dedication and loyalty to the club is truly remarkable. Thank you as well to the alumni once again for your support throughout the year, and especially to those who came down to the Boat House this week to cheer us on. I look forward to meeting many more of you during Eights week in the summer.
– Anna Betteridge, ChChBC President
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