by Anna Clark
Women’s Captain’s Report:
Michaelmas was far from being a quiet term for SCBC. As with everything in Oxford, these first 8 weeks were very fast paced and the club certainly kept up with the rate, both on the water and on the ergs!
In the first few weeks we focused on getting all our novices on the water and we could not have asked for a more enthusiastic group. Meanwhile our experienced crews were rowing together in a W1/2 mixed boat and managed a lot of time on the water too thanks to our racking at Godstow. Both crews trained incredibly hard and we managed to fit in 3 regattas for our experienced girls and the of course long-awaited Christ Church was a big success for our novices.
– Nina Faure Beaulieu and Joanna Kaye, Women’s Captain and Vice-Captain 2015-16
by Anna Clark
Men's Captain's Report
In Michlaemas Term, Somerville men recruited around 16 novices into the squad, a vast improvement on last year! They have all taken to rowing like the proverbial ducks, culminating in a successful Christchurch campaign reaching the quarter finals, and the second boat winning a decisive victory on the second day. The novices have all shown great potential and we can’t wait to see what they can do in Torpids!
At the end of the term, we sent a 4 to Cambridge to take part in the famous head race. We achieved 11th out of 28 men’s 4’s which was an excellent achievement for a scratch crew, and was a good test over a course double the length any of us had rowed in Michaelmas.
Ireland Training Camp
Somerville avoided the red flags haunting the Isis in January, journeying over the water to Lake Blessington, Ireland. With a stretch of water 13km in length, we had no problems getting some serious mileage in. It was great to see novices and experienced rowers alike come together to experience the chilly calm of the lake, and has prepared us well for a busy term, dusting off the Christmas cobwebs.
Hilary Term 2016
In Hilary we begin the time-pressured process of preparing for Torpids. With M2 back on track for a successful campaign an M1 having already produced some wins this year, I am very excited to see what the squad can produce! Bring on the bumps. Post-Torpids, M1 will be heading to Head of the River Race, a great step for Somerville men’s into the most prestigious head race in the UK. This is the first British Rowing regatta that many of our rowers will have competed in, and represents the culmination of two and a half years of college rowing. We hope to see you in Putney on the 19th March!
– Tom Udale, Men’s Captain 2015-16