It recently came to my attention that a lot of the club, mainly non-committee members and especially freshers, don’t know about all the wonderful stuff the club does. And as I post on Das Boot more than enough and that some form of video blog would lead to thousands of memes from Rory and Patrick (quotes will have to do), a blog on the humble RUMSBC website will have to do. I’ll try and post every month or so to keep you all updated and as this is the first one and we are well into the year they won’t usually be this long. So here goes…
Going right back to August we start with the changes to our bay. Those new to the club may not have noticed but our floor is now a lot shinier than all the other clubs. The floor has been repainted giving it more grip and making the whole bay a lot more resilient to all the dirt we throw at it. Doing this gave us a chance to give the bay a full clean and led to a skip being filled with leaves, broken riggers and, most worryingly; 200 unused syringes. Finally it meant we could re-organise the bay so that the boatman’s locker is now actually accessible and the removal of the fridge gave us space for our engines. This was all possible due to a generous donation from Robert Hensher, father of Charlie, who donated all of the paint and equipment required for the job. Not content with that, Hensher & Son spent 3 consecutive days at the boathouse moving all our kit and adding several layers of paint. We hope you notice the changes and appreciate the hard work they put in.
Having wrangled back our coaching budget from UCLU at the start of the year we have been able to welcome Alan Sinclair to the club as our Coach of the Senior Squads. Alan is a member of the GB Rowing squad as part of the Coxed Pair with whom he won Silver at the World Rowing Championships. He has also coached the UCL Women’s Squad for the last 3 years and before that coached at numerous Oxford colleges. So it’s fair to say he’s qualified to coach us. Joining him, on what we can now presumably call the RUMSBC Coaching Squad, is Henry Fieldman who you may recognise given that he coxed the Cambridge boat at the 2013 Boat Race and is Cambridge University’s Coach of Coxes. Henry also coxed the Silver medalling Pair at the World Rowing Championships so he’s also pretty well qualified. Alan can be found at the Boathouse every Wednesday whilst Henry will be around several times a term to provide coaching for our coxes. They are both very friendly guys to feel free to say hi and welcome them to the club.
In previous years, all of our races from the Boathouse have been separate and the best club of UH was decided by who was left standing after Bumps Party. Due to irregularities in this method this year will see the inaugural University and Hospitals League (I bet it gets called the Jerry Mitchell Cup, you heard it here first). This is a collaboration between ULBC and UHBC (which is a representative of all the UH clubs) to form a points based league out of Novice sprints, Allom Cup, Winter Sprints and UH head. For more information check out the UH Boat Club website. The great thing about this league is it means even if you don’t win a medal at sprints, your efforts will still propel the club forward to overall victory. Interestingly RUMSBC are currently the favourites for the title…
Very much a ‘best laid plans’ sort of day. Thanks to Charlie Hensher for organising and completing the transport of 66% of our boats 120 miles away and Alasdair Williamson for presumably providing emotional support on the journey there and back. Charlie also played Ambulance driver for Gunning who decided to inspect Addenbroke’s A&E in what would turn out to be his first of two visits to emergency department’s that week. Well done to Rory Shadwell for stepping up and rowing in both senior men’s boats that day. For a report of the racing check out the Race Report.
RUMSBC did BUCS! The Indoor Rowing competition to be precise. As part of our aim to make the club more competitive we thought competing at the national level was something we should be doing and so last Wednesday the men’s squad went to Imperial. Well done to Aubrey Capern-Burgess for the club’s fastest time and Alasdair Williamson for coming 3rd in the Lightweight category. Bring on BUCS regatta!
So it turns out the legendary ‘Attention, Go!’ of Jerry is twice as terrifying when actually in the same launch as him. It also meant that I saw none of the racing as being his launch driver is rather demanding. I’m sure there will be a race report soon so check that out. (Note from the editor; yes there will, its on its way!). Meanwhile check out the table below – the first points for the U&H League! Whilst I’m sure the Novices experienced some disappointment at missing out on medals hopefully they will rejoice in the fact that winning their first races meant that we are one of only two UH clubs to have scored in both Men’s & Women’s categories so well done! Well done to Libi Hawkes and Tom McLay for training them and particularly to Fresher, Fresher, Fresher and Fresher each of whom had great days, probably (I need to learn some names ). A great start to the year!
And I leave you with the news that: