Report by Meryem Arik, Women's Captain 2017-18
In Hilary Term of 2018, our W1 crew competed in the Isis Winter League headrace on the Isis. The race is from Donnington Bridge to the head of the river; 1.5km as fast as we can.
The race was an eventful one to say the least; after being set off a few lengths behind Queen’s W1, we managed to catch up with them well before the gut. Since we were not allowed to overtake through the gut, our cox Imogen Laycock did an incredible job at avoiding a bump and keeping her crew calm. Unfortunately, this did mean that we did lose some speed to avoid a collision with Queen’s. Coming out of the gut we had even more determination to regain lost time. Imogen performed an early crossing to overtake Queen’s coming out of the gut and pushed us to perform a great row down Greenbanks and Boathouse island.
The crew was originally disheartened that our row had been impacted by a slower crew, however the results showed a different story. We were placed as the second fastest women’s crew out of 20 Women’s College eights, placing only behind LMH. We were very proud of this achievement, and we’re even happier considering the circumstances. This was the third IWL time trial we have done since October, and we have improved our ranking on each successive race!
Adverse weather conditions sadly hampered the long-awaited four days of Torpids racing this year, with the senior umpires stating that they ‘cannot remember conditions as bad as this for Torpids’ in their 20 years of collective experience.
This resulted in only two of the days being deemed safe for crews: the Wednesday and the Saturday.
Three SCBC crews took part in the racing this year: M1, W1, and W2. Sadly, both M1 and W1 had a rough first day, with both crews getting bumped due to unfortunate crashes early in the races.
However, the crew of W2, several of whom were racing in Torpids for the very first time, secured a bump from Regent’s Park!
A reduced number of crews were permitted to race on Saturday in half divisions. We saw M1 sadly bumped by Worcester, but only after making them chase all the way up to the gut. W1 was denied a bump from LMH, but rowed over, having staved off Linacre.