The beautiful weather meant Saturday of Eights was even busier this year than usual, with a strong supportive presence at NCBC’s boathouse of both current College members and Alumni. Many thanks to all for coming down to support our boats, and we hope that a good time was had by all.
The day started out with M3 putting in a strong row over, with the crews on either side of them bumping out leaving the crew with little opportunity to move further up the charts. This leaves the crew up one position, and 11th in Div 6, putting them in a good position for next year.
W2 had a stroke of bad luck (no pun intended) with their race being klaxoned just as they reached Lincoln W3 (video here). Despite lodging an appeal, the bump was not awarded, thus ending their run for blades. However, their performance this Eights was still fantastic, gaining 6 places with 4 bumps over the 4 days, putting them in the fixed divisions at 13th in Division 4.
M2 had a challenging day with a blade-winning St Hugh’s M1 crew bumping them, thus leaving M2 with an impressive 6th position in Div 3, and 4th 2nd VIII overall, behind Christ Church 2, Pembroke 2 and Oriel 2.
W1 got bumped by St Catz W1, leaving them 3rd in Division 2.
M1 had a very lucky race, gaining on Lincoln out of the blocks but also being chased hard by an LMH crew on for blades. Genius coxing by Sam Winter-Levy and a klaxon (video here) meant the crew avoided getting bumped on the last day, leaving M1 4th in Division 2.
The racing was followed by a champagne reception in the Gardens before a lively Eights dinner, including the usual speeches and handing out of awards. The Sarah Livermore Cup for overall contribution to NCBC was jointly awarded to Andrew Boggs and Jon Strang. Andrew has been coaching and rowing for the club every year since arriving 3 years ago, and his contribution on both fronts has been truly invaluable. Jon has been steadfastly rowing in M1 for all four years of his time at Oxford in both Torpids and Eights, having only started rowing as a fresher. Oarsman of the Year was awarded to fresher Paul Donnelly, who has rowed in M1 in both Torpids and Eights having only taken up rowing this year. Oarswoman of the Year went to W1 rower Jennifer Firman. The inaugural Ben West Cox of the Year award (with suitably miniature cup) was awarded to Polly Simpson, who has coxed both M1 and W1 this year, and is beloved by both crews. It was also fantastic to see a strong Alumni turnout, in particular the 30th anniversary reunion of the 1982 Men’s and Women’s crews who had also joined us for the racing that afternoon. NCBC warmly welcomes Alumni to all events and hopes to have another strong showing at next year’s Eights Dinner.