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Torpids 2011

February 25, 2011 in Torpids 2011, Web Officer's Blog

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With one week to go…

February 23, 2011 in Captain's Blog

In addition to my previous post…

A huge thank you is due to Simon Wan and Clarissa Belloni, cox and stroke of W1, who have been acting co-captains this term due to my failing health. They have done a brilliant job.

Further, Nick Bevan, our star coach of the past five years fled to Australia in first week for a well earned break and as such we have had the dynamic due of Jo Williamson (ex-blue and Headship crew member) and Abs Harrison (Headship crew and many years of rowing experience) coaching us. They have been there for every 6am start (Jo having an inability to not sub at every opportunity) and have had a significant influence on the crew, rousing morale and recreating that ‘Balliol-go-get’em’ mentality. I for one sincerely hope they continue to have such fundamental involvement in BCWBC on Nick’s return.

With exactly one week to go until Torpids, spirits are high, alcohol is being avoided, and a sense of anticipation is in the air…

Torpids Run Up

February 21, 2011 in Captain's Blog

Just over one week until Torpids and don’t we know it! Following a run of illnesses W1 has finally been set and is looking strong. The boat this year sees three novice additions and a returning ex-blue, whom we are all very grateful for. Last weekend we braved an early Sunday morning to compete in Bedford Head where 2k races are rowed against the clock against a variety of Oxford and non-Oxford rowing clubs. We entered two divisions, finishing a respectable 5th and 9th with only two other Oxford women’s crews coming in ahead of us, these being Magdalen (currently head in Torpids) and Christ Church (currently 4th in Torpids).

W2 has seen its fair share of turmoil this term. An unforeseen change in coach at the beginning of February meant that two of our own M1 rowers have been let loose on the girls, to good effect! The boat includes a good proportion of last year’s W2 as well as our novice intake, so hopefully a good combination of experience and enthusiasm will pay off come Torpids. Along with a cox who doesn’t know how to shut up and can often be heard screaming ‘shut the door!’ mid-race, they seem set for a good few days’ racing!