Mid-Lent Update

Alice Sunset

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.

Bumper Novices Update

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

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NM2 followed by NM1 after winning their respective Clare Novices Finals

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!

Winter Head Results & Queen’s Ergs Results


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!

Head of the River and Women’s Head of the River Race Reports

Over the last two weeks, M1, W1 and M2 all raced over the Tideway course (River Thames) over a distance of around 6.5km. Both weekends had wet, windy and choppy conditions. W1 raced at the Women’s Head of the River Race (WEHoRR) on 14th March, getting a time of 23m 36s placing them 176th out of the 300 crews entered which was a great effort.

M1 and M2 both raced at the Head of the River Race (HoRR) on the 26th March with M1 getting a great time of 19m 59s, placing them 183rd and 43rd in their category. M2 approached the race with none of its members ever having rowed on the Tideway and, given the conditions, the aim was to survive so a time of 21m 45s, placing them 305th out of 345 crews and 38th in their category was not bad.

Pembroke Regatta Race Report – M1 Semi-finalists!

Last Saturday (14th February), the day before the Bedford Head, saw M1, M2, W1 and W2 take on Pembroke Regatta which was a 1000m sprint down the Long Reach.

Both M2 and W2 had unlucky draws with W2 facing Jesus W2 who eventually went on to win by 3 lengths over Newnham W2 in the final so it was always going to be a tough race. However, W2 had a very gutsy row and kept pushing until the end. M3 also put in a good race but were knocked out by First and Third M3 who beat them by a length. M2 had a similarly unlucky draw with HEC Paris M1 who were an experienced crew. However, despite losing, M2 were leading for 750m of the race down to the end of the Reach but annoyingly ran out of power just as the finish came into sight in what was an incredibly close race.

W1 had a tough draw with Newnham W1 who got a very good start gaining the psychological advantage. W1 managed to hold their ground for the first half but tired in the second allowing them to pull away. The overriding success of the day has to go to M1 though who were semi-finalists amongst the most prestigious crews on the Cam. M1 beat First and Third M1 and then Emma M1 in their first two races, only being beaten by Jesus by half a length in the semi-final.

Bedford Head Race Report

Last Sunday (15th February), FCBC had its first off-Cam race of the term with a trip to Bedford for M1, M2 and W1. After enduring the X5 bus, it turned out to be a very successful day. The Bedford Head is raced on the Great River Ouse and was a 2km time trial.

M1 posted a time of 6:31 in the IM3 division in their first race and a time of 6:20 in the Novice division, winning that category and coming joint 9th in the whole event out of 170 boats.

M2 only raced once but rowed a much improved race to previous Head races to post a time of 7:02, placing them joint 40th with a lot of positives to take away from the race.

W1  raced twice, posting a time of 7:40 in the IM3 division (84th) and then 7:20 in the IM2 division, winning this category placing them joint 53rd out of 170 boats.


Next up is the Getting on Race for Lent Bumps this Friday for M2, M3 and W2 then bumps itself next week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.