Michaelmas is here, CCCBC has held its taster session and the training for
Christchurch regatta has begun.
It was an interesting summer, seeing Men’s Captain Adam Wigley competing in the
single sculls at City of Oxford Royal Regatta and with our friends at Green
Templeton Boat Club in the eights. Treasurer, Sacha Tchen and myself joined with
Magdalen College to form a formidable coxed four, rowing to win a pot in IM3
men’s fours. We also said goodbye to an old friend, The Pelican – which has been
with us since 1993 was sold to Gateshead Community Rowing Club to make room for
St. Benet’s, who become our new neighbors in the CCCBC boathouse.
The freshers’ week taster session was an enormous success, with the MCR session
running for the first time in the committee’s memory and a high level of
sign-ups. All this despite the closure of Christchurch Meadow due to an
unexploded mortar and dismal weather – I attribute this to the power a free
barbecue holds over the incoming students.
With a strong returning crew, coaches and high hopes for regattas in and outside of
Oxford this term, CCCBC is champing at the bit for another year of rowing.
On Saturday 28th June, a crew of four from CCCBC competed at Reading Town Regatta. Having borrowed the apropriately named ‘Olivia’ (obviously a tribute to the bow-girl Olivia Elder) from Reading RC, thanks to coach David Locke and his seemingly infinite rowing-world connections, the four rowed up to the regatta site to compete against Bryanston School.
Despite the novelty of rowing (and coxing) in a bow-loader, the four, composed of Alice Lattey (Stroke), Clare Franklin (3), Cora Salkovskis (2) and Olivia Elder (Bow) and Zack Hall (Cox), sped to victory over their opponents and finished the day with a set of pots to take home and furnish their living rooms.
Particularly pleasing for the girls was the fact that, for half the boat, this was to be their last race for Corpus. Clare and Olivia will unfortunately be leaving us this year, but are going out on a high, with rather shiny trophies under their belts.
Chloe Farrar rows at 5-seat of Osiris in the Reserves Race. Pictured here pushing away from Cambridge. Photo by Jasmine Ramsay Gray
Corpus’ very own Chloe Farrar (ex-Captain) and Laura Savarese were part of the winning squad which rowed the dark blues to victory over their Cambridge counterparts in the Henley Women’s Boat Races on Sunday 30th April. Chloe, who rowed at the 5-seat of Osiris in the reserves race, and Laura, at 6-seat of the Blue Boat, are both current students at Corpus and will hopefully join us next term for Summer Eights. If we ask nicely enough…
We are immensely proud of the girls and wish the men all the best in their upcoming race on the 6th April. There will be a substantial Corpus contingent cheering them on from the banks in London, so if you’re planning on coming down and joining us do let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Crew from bow: Francesca Cioni, Jemma Gibbard, Nicola Oldroyd, Alice Lattey, Maria Langslow, Cora Salkovskis, Clare Franklin, Olivia Elder, James Marsden
The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race, on Saturday 15th March saw near 300 boats from across the country and from elite international clubs race on the tideway, rowing from Chiswick to Putney Pier. For some of the Corpus crew, this was their longest race, at 6.8km. With a little help from the fantastic Nicola Oldroyd at 3-seat, Corpus W1 ranked 129th, making them the second fastest Oxford college on the river, beating numerous first and second division crews who will no doubt be watching their backs come Summer Eights. Well done girls!
Further results can be found here:
The women of CCCBC rowed the 180km from Oxford to London last week, and have hit their target of raising £10,000 for the eating disorder charity Beat. Thank you to everyone who has supported the team, and to Peter Waite for sending in this fantastic picture (taken about halfway down the reading uni head course last Monday).
The CCCBC women’s row to London is just 2 weeks away and we would like to invite you all to our launch and finish events. There will be a free BBQ and a jazz band to send us on our way, so please join us at
Head of the River pub on Sunday 23rd June, 10.30am
and/or at The Dove on Wednesday 26th June, 3.30pm
For more information please see here
M1 Win Blades!
In last week’s Summer VIIs, M1 bumped every day, catching New II, St. Hugh’s, Merton and Queen’s to secure blades!
Double blades for CCCBC!
The Corpus Women had a fantastic Torpids with both W1 and W2 winning blades! A full report can be found here: Torpids 2013.
Sadly the Isis has been red flag for over a week now, which has hit Corpus preparations before Summer Eights. Everyone is hoping that the river will calm down as quickly as possible, but in the meantime Land training is the name of the game. Everyone loves those ergs.
The results of the annual boat club elections are as follows:
President: Alex Law
Treasurer: Clare Franklin
Secretary: Caroline Ellard
The incoming committee would like to thank the outgoing committee for all the hard work they put in over the course of the last year and are looking forward to building on their achievements!