TCBC had a good Eights week, with the women’s 2nd VIII getting blades, and the women’s 1st VIII only narrowly missing them.
The men’s crews had a relatively quiet time – just one bump was recorded across all crews. M1 unfortunately fell two places, though having started from a high position, victims of an extraordinarily quick and talented Keble crew composed of many Blues rowers and associated trialists. M2 recorded the only bump of the week to reclaim their spot in Division 3 and despite some gutsy performances M3 also fell down a spot in Division 6.
By far the most entertaining race of the week was the race between M3 and Teddy Hall M3, recorded on Youtube.
The women were able to get three eights on the river for the first time in many years, thanks to the hard work and determination of all the rowers, especially the new intake of novices, and Scott Houghton, coach of W2 and W3. Unfortunately W3 did not qualify from rowing on into the main week of racing, missing out by four seconds in the time trial, with a time that would have qualified last year.
This year competition for the first boat was fierce, leading to a highly successful W2 full of experienced rowers, who went on to win blades after an excellent week of racing. The highlight of the week was an exciting bump on Oriel right outside the boathouse.
After winning blades in Torpids W1 were hoping for the same again, with the addition of Blue Emily Reynolds enhancing an already strong crew. After bumping around Donnington bridge on the first three days, they were forced to go for the over bump on Jesus on Saturday, racing right to the line, but at a length off Jesus they missed out on the bump.