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May Bumps 2019

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam W1 W1 +1 0 0 +1 +2
Fitzwilliam W2 W4 0 0 +1 -1 0
Fitzwilliam W3 W5 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4
Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M2 +1 0 -1 0 0
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 -1 0 -1 -1 -3
Fitzwilliam M3 M6 +1 +1 +1 +1 +4

Champs Eight Head 2019

A fantastic showing from FCBC at Champs Eights Head on May 19th, with an impressive 6 Fitz crews out on the water – also the first time we’ve had 3 women’s crews racing since 2013 😀 Solid performances all round and some good experience to prepare us for racing the bumps course!


City’s Big Weekend 2019

Shout out to all of our crews racing during City’s Big Weekend!

M3 kicked off their bumps campaign with a hard-fought race against Downing M2, W2 recorded their fastest race yet, taking chunks off their GoR time after already having raced for 2K, and W1 won their division and finished as the fastest women’s eight of the day!

Well done to everyone taking part – lots of hard work ahead before bumps but a brilliant foundation upon which to build for the rest of the term!

Small Boats Regatta 2019

Huge congratulations to FCBC’s Jess Halliday who won the Fairbairn Junior sculls at last week’s Small Boats Regatta – adding to her rapidly growing list of sculling titles!


Radegund Mile 2019

FCBC was delighted to host the Lionesses of the Università Ca’ Foscari this weekend, and challenge them to a race on the Cam. The crews rowed the Radegund Mile, with Ca’ Foscari the eventual victors, clocking the second fastest W8+ time of the day!

We were also hugely fortunate to be able to enter an alumni crew headed by Sarah Winckless, who joined us for the weekend and provided inspiration and encouragement to the rowers from both universities.

Thank you to everyone who took part and supported the crews – we look forwards to returning the challenge in Venice soon!


Head of the River 2019

March 30th – our M1 and M2, with quite a number of substitutes put on a fine display of rowing, with M1 managing a respectable time of 20:03; good enough for a 154th place finish, 7th amongst the college crews present.

Lent Bumps 2019 Results

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M1 0 0 +1 +1 +2
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 +3 +1 0 -1 +3
Fitzwilliam W1 W1 +2 +1 +1 0 +4

Norwich Head 2019

Well done to all our crews competing on a lovely spring day at Norwich Head on February 24th. A special shout out to our M1 on being the fastest VIII of the day and winning their category.

Bedford Head 2019

Congratulations to Fitz W1 who raced Bedford Head on February 10th – clocking a time of 7:07 and coming second in the Band 3 Women’s Eights competition! Brilliant preparation for Bumps in a few weeks’ time!


Newnham Short Course 2019

Well done to our crews competing at Newnham Short Course on February 2nd. Strong performances from our men and women’s first boats both finishing 4th!

Star Head 2018

Congratulations to our Fitz W1 members racing at Star Head yesterday – bringing home wins in the women’s band 2 singles and doubles competitions!

Ely Head 2018

Our captain’s double representing Fitz at Isle of Ely Head on a damp and blustery Remembrance Sunday morning.


University IVs 2018

A solid effort from our Men’s IV at Uni IVs!


Peterborough Summer Regatta 2018

Great row from the Fitz women’s IV at the Peterborough Summer Regatta this weekend, and a well earned runner-up finish in their division!

St. Neot’s Regatta 2018

A shout out to our women’s IV, which braved the menacing weather at St Neots Regatta last weekend. Some solid rowing on show, winning the first race, and smiles all round despite the lack of sunshine!


Henley Regatta 2018

A solid row from our women’s Fitz/Newnham/Peterhouse crew at Henley – while we didn’t manage to qualify, we did beat quite a few other Cambridge college crews, and hopefully we’ll have better luck next year!

May Bumps 2018 Results

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M2 -1 -1 -1 0 -3
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 -1 -1 0 0 -2
Fitzwilliam M3 M5 0 +1 +1 +1 +3
Fitzwilliam W1 W1 -1 0 +1 0 0
Fitzwilliam W2 W4 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4

Lent Bumps 2018 Results

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M2 0 0 -1 -1 -2
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 0 0 0 +1 +1
Fitzwilliam W1 W2 +1 0 0 0 +1

May Bumps 2017 Results

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam W1 W1 +1  +1  +1  +1 +4
Fitzwilliam M1 M2 0  0  -1  -1 -2
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 0  -1  0  +1 0
Fitzwilliam W2 W4 -1  -1  -1  -1 -4

Lent Bumps 2017 Results

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M1 0 0 0 0 0
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4
Fitzwilliam W1 W2 0 0 +1 +1 +2

May Bumps 2016 Results

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M2 -1 0 0 -1 -2
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 +3 +1 -1 +1 +4
Fitzwilliam W1 W1 +1 +1 +1/+1 0 +4
Fitzwilliam W2 W4 -1 -1 -1 -1 -4

Lent Bumps 2016 Results

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam W1 W2 0 0 0 +1 +1
Fitzwilliam M1 M1 0 -1 -1 -1 -3
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 +1 0 -1 0 0

May Bumps 2015

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M1 -1  -1  -1  -1 -4
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 +1  +1/+1  +1  +1 +5
Fitzwilliam W2 W3 -1  0  +1  -1 -1
Fitzwilliam W1 W2 +1  0  +1  +1 +3

Head of the River and Women’s Head of the River 2015

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.

Lent Bumps 2015

Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M1 +1 (+1)  +1  +1  +1 +5
Fitzwilliam M2 M3 +1  0  +1  +1 +3
Fitzwilliam M3 M4 +1  -1  -1  -1 -3
Fitzwilliam W1 W2 0  -1  0  0 -1

Pembroke Regatta 2015

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 2015

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.

Novice & Senior Fairbairns 2014

Novice Fairbairns (2700km) took place on Thursday 4th December with all five Fitz novice crews taking to the water and Senior Fairbairns (4300km) on Friday 5th December with M1 and W1 taking part.

NM1 and NM2: The ongoing rivalry between NM1 and NM2 came to an epic conclusion as both crews put in fantastic performances. NM1 were at a slight disadvantage having had a late drop out but still came in 12th place in division 1 with a time of 10:58. NM2 however managed to overtake Girton and post a time of 10:49 placing them 9th overall and 9 seconds ahead of NM1 as well as being the second fastest second boat.

NM3: As their first and last race of term, NM3 put in a solid performance in what was an eventful race. With a crab on the build to the start, followed by a crash into the road bridge, a seat falling off, shoes falling off and many more crabs, they managed to post a time of 12:54 placing them 18th out of 45 boats with some solid rowing towards the end.

NW1: Despite last minute boat changes, NW1 had an incredible row with no crabs and no blades coming out of the gates leading to a great effort in posting a time of 12:33, placing them 13th in Division 1.

NW2: NW2 had a good start but then caught a crab near the very beginning. This was followed by an amazing recovery nad restart with a solid row towards the end. All the girls have come a very long way, and held their technique together even when they were tired. With a time of 13:24 then placed 28th overall and were 8th among second boats.

M1: With most of the crew running on 2 hours sleep and caffeine following on from the ball the night before, in combination with the earliest division of the day (who would do that to us!?), they posted a solid time of 15:11 coming in 15th place. This placed well amongst first boats and was up 7 places on last year with around 40 seconds off the time.

W1: With a similar story to M1 in terms of sleep, they put in a great performance to post a time of 17:55, placing them 12th in division 1. This again placed well around first boats and was up 4 places on last year, taking 25 seconds off the time.

It’s been a good term Fitz! With M1 and W1 both winning their divisions in the Winter Head and both posting solid times in Fairbairns, as well as the mens novices dominating Clare Novices and Emma Sprints, it looks like it’ll be a good year!

Clare Novices 2014

Clare Novices took place on Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th November with three Fitz novice crews entered.

NM1: Sadly due to a few marshalling errors were disqualified from the competition (they did win Emma Sprints though..)

NM2: Entered into the Plate (2nd boats) Division they won the Clare Novices Plate! NM2 beat Emma II in their closest race to kick things off, then Darwin II, FaT III andLMBC II in the final. Strong rowing over both days and they pulled away at the start in each race, so the result was never in doubt in any heat. (Click the hyperlinks to watch their races).

NW1: They lost their first race against Christ’s I but not by far although their bow’s seat had come off at the start so they were rowing with 7!

Emma Sprints 2014

In the Novices’ first sprint races of the term, Fitz had another great weekend of rowing following on from the Winter Head last week.

NM1 came first in their division (M1) and won Emma Sprints! Dressed as Batman and the Joker, they powered past Wolfson, Magdalene, Peterhouse and then Darwin in the final.

NM2 came fourth in their division (M2) beating Wolfson II and Queens’ II, to make the semi-finals, then losing to Churchill II and Homerton I in the third place race due to seat issues with stroke! They demonstrated some great Fitzbilly pride in their costume choice, dressing as Fitz itself.

NW1, dressed as Santa and Reindeers lost their first race against Clare despite a great start and leading for the first two thirds of the race but Clare just had more power and stamina over the 500m. However, NW1 then went on to beat Kings in their second race.

NW2 similarly lost their first race against Selwyn who were a strong crew. The girls were meant to then go on to race a Queens’ mens crew but due to a marshalling confusion (ending up stuck in the bank on the meadowside), finally managed to race a Sidney ladies crew. The race began neck and neck but then 7 (Snow White) caught a crab and stroke caught another trying to help her! They had to stop the boat and got stuck in the bank again with 7 sadly losing her Snow White wig. Following a reset, there was a strong row to finish but couldn’t make up for the lost time from being stuck in the bank.

Winter Head 2014

M1 and W1 both WON their divisions!!! To add to this, M1 placed joint 12th overall out of 232 crews in a great day of racing for Fitz!

Both NW1 and NM1 had seriously good rows in their first racing events with NM1 placing joint 2nd in their division.

GO FITZ!!! Next up for the novices is Emma Sprints and Clare Novices before novices and seniors both take on Fairbairns!

Queens’ Ergs 2014

Solid performances from both NW1 and NM3 who came 6th in their heats. NM1 heat saw NM1 and NM2 battle it out in what must’ve been the closet, most intense inter-college contest the competition has ever seen with a mere 0.3s per person difference in split.

Finally NW2 blew their heat away placing 2nd with one of the quickest second women’s times in the competition!

May Bumps Results 2014

Well done to all Fitz crews who raced on the last day of May Bumps with W2 rowing over ahead of Sidney W2, M2 rowing over in front of Darwin M2, W1 unfortunately getting bumped by Emma W2 and M1 rowing over ahead of Churchill M1. Thanks to all who turned up on Billy Field to support!


Crew Current
Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Aggregate
Fitzwilliam M1 M1 0 0 -1 0 -1
Fitzwilliam M2 M4 -1 -1 -1 0 -3
Fitzwilliam W1 W2 0 -1 -1 -1 -3
Fitzwilliam W2 W3 0 -1 -1 0 -2


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