Check out our Michaelmas 2016 Newsletter here or in the alumni tab to find out what FCBC has been up to in the last term!
The new Easter Term Newsletter is OUT! Another term of thrills and spills on the river is summed up neatly into 5 pages. You can find it, as always, in the alumni tab above or by clicking here.
Here are this year’s results, with all four crews automatically qualifying without needing to do the Getting-On Race.
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Stay here for the confirmed results all week! Row for the Goat!!
Hey up all Fitz boaties!
The Lent Term Billygoats newsletter is now available here and via the Alumni tab above. Enjoy reading about another exciting term of rowing for Fitz!
This year Fitz have 3 crews competing in the Lent Bumps. As soon as they are known, the results will be published here.
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W2 performed courageously in the Getting-On-Race, but sadly it wasn’t quite enough. They’ll be back stronger next time around!
Fancy coming to watch? The division times can be found on CUCBC‘s website. Best of luck to all the crews!
As the mornings begin to get colder and earlier, FCBC has been hard at work preparing to build on one of our most successful Michaelmas terms.
At the start of term, the Boat Club held it’s first camp at St Neot’s Rowing Club on the Great Ouse, in which we mixed up crews, learnt to deal with a new river and made a great start to the term, with plenty showing the kind of determination and application to required to cement their place as – or become – senior rowers.
This term we have four senior boats racing; 2 from both the men and women’s sides, the latter of which enjoyed the beautiful sunrise above (who says getting up early to row is a bad thing?). They’ve all been busy; a keen W2 full of ex-novices have been getting ready for the Getting-On Race in two weeks, another promising M2 has profited from last year and is already down to start the Lent Bumps. We’re hoping both these boats come together like we know they can and show the whole university what talent they have.
M1 have set off in the same vein as last term, looking to continue the good work which earned them a solid Fairbairn’s finish. This included an appearance at Newnham Short Course where they finished just 14 seconds off the division leaders, in far worse conditions. W1 are on their way to fusing together existing experience and fresh talent; if they can do it in time, we all know that they can be serious contenders.
Tomorrow the Men’s side will compete in Pembroke Regatta, against LMBC M1 and Jesus M2 respectively. The road to Bumps grows ever shorter, stay here and on our Facebook page for all the FCBC news.
The Michaelmas Newsletter is here! Jam-packed full of Fairbairn Cup winners, Clare Novices winners and Emma Sprints winners, plus a lot of Fitzwilliam Christmas Pudding; it makes quite a read!
Emma Sprints: Sunday 22nd November
After a strong Queen’s Ergs performance, Fitz’s first four novice crews put in another great showing in the first Novice Regatta of term.
NW2 defeated all the women’s crews put before them but were controversially defeated by a Christ’s Men’s VIII in the final of the W3/M3 division. The strength of Fitz’s women’s side was then cemented as NW1 cast aside Peterhouse, First And Third, Newnham and finally Selwyn to win the W1 division!
NM2 started strong with an eventful win against a strong Clare NM2, before losing out to Magdalene 2 in the Quarter-Finals. A depleted NM1 then defeated the hosts’ first boat, before themselves falling in the Quarter Finals.
In a normal year this would be considered a triumphant tournament for Fitz, but none of us could predict what we are now faced to compare it to…
Clare Novices Regatta: Friday 28th – Saturday 29th November
Five Fitzwilliam Novice VIIIs were entered, four Finals were made, 2 trophies were rowed home.
NM3 sadly lost their first competitive race to a strong LMBC crew, but NM2, guest coxed by the Captain of Boats himself for the first race and their coach and M1 stroke Gautham for the remainder, progressed without danger through to the Men’s plate Final, beating Pembroke 2, First And Third 3 and LMBC 3 by at least 3 lengths each. NM1, under the impressive guidance of new cox Thinesh, followed suit by breezing past strong Caius, LMBC and St Edmund’s 1st crews to secure their place in the Men’s Cup final.
The women’s side, already feared by the rest of the river, showed no signs of taking their feet off the gas. NW2 fought through 3 rounds of tough Downing, Clare and Pembroke 2nd VIIIs to book their place in the Women’s Plate final. NW1 seemed undefeatable as they added the scalps of LMBC 1, Lucy Cavendish 1 and Darwin 1 to their perfect regatta record as they advanced to the Women’s Cup final.
There was always going to be drama. Four crews in all four finals. NM2 began, and in one of the most eventful races I have ever seen triumphed over a fantastic Sidney Sussex crew that will feel they should have won, but failed to take the decisive corner under the railway bridge as we rowed through them for the victory! The crew had just finished parking to witness the second final, as NM1 found their best form for their closest race in which they ultimately defeated First And Third 1, the reigning Emma Sprints champions!
Sadly the miracle could not be wholly complete. NW2 became runners-up for the second time despite giving all against LMBC 2. NW1 also fought their closest race, in which both crews lead for significant chunks, but Jesus 1 won by just a length.
Photos will be up soon, by please follow our Facebook page for quick updates on the rapidly-approaching Fairbairn Cup!
Yesterday M1, W1, NW1 and NM1 all put in fantastic performances at the Cantab’s Winter Head.
W1 won their category in the quad, M1 placed 14th in the whole race and 7th in the student category, NW1 beat all Cambridge opposition to come 2nd in their category and finally NM1 landed a great time despite a poor crew not clearing in front of them. Full results are in the link.
This follows up a great Fitz showing at Queen’s Ergs. All our crews were out, and special mentions go to NW1 making it to the final, NW3 showing some great power to come 7th in the W2 category and 4th in their heat. All three men’s crews put average times down within 3 seconds of each other, with NM2 beating all but one 2nd XIII. Finally, congratulations to NW1 stroke Melody, who pulled a Top 5 time across the whole of the university’s ladies!
Watch out for more news as the term gets busier, as it shaping up to be a big term for FCBC!
Good afternoon to everyone interested in Fitz Rowing! We’ve just published our newsletter for the Easter Term; a fantastic term of rowing for the Club! You can find it here and via the Alumni tab above. Row Billy!