In a season that saw the Oxford rowing community affected by extensive flooding throughout Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, the House crews encountered mixed fortunes.
The Men’s First Torpid, although relatively inexperienced, fought valiantly and ended the campaign third on the river. After showing great promise in training, the Women’s First Torpid yielded to much stronger crews, including the St John’s first boat, which went on to win the Headship in Summer Eights. With another bump on a first boat, Men’s Seconds continued to rise towards Div II. An entirely novice Men’s Third Torpid, deprived of water time until ten days before racing, unsurprisingly was bumped back into the rowing on division, while the Women’s Second Torpid did not row on.
Our Varsity representation this year, with ChChBC rowers involved in all but one of the Dark Blue victories in the historic clean sweep, gave us great hope for Summer Eights. The Men’s First Eight, undoubtedly the quickest crew on the river, summarily dismissed Oriel on the Green Bank on the second day, but did not quite have enough river to do the same to Pembroke. Saturday’s race ended with overlap between the two crews over the finish line, but without a boat burning in the Meadow. The Women’s First Eight consolidated their position on bungline seven, and our Men’s Second and Third Eights remain the highest of their kind on the river. The Women’s Second Eight stayed in Div III, with many of the crew only having learnt to row four weeks before racing.
While the occasion of a boat burning has been delayed, we are encouraged to look to the coming season, which will be one of rebuilding and growth. With strong leadership, clear aims and the ever-present support of our Old Members, the Boat Club is confident in its ability to once again position House crews at the very top of the rankings.
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