The Tortoise Club’s full Hilary term newsletter is now available for viewing on the club pages of our website here.
Oriel’s Achim Harzheim helped his OUBC crew to a fine victory in the reserves boat race on Sunday. After a close first part of the race, Isis asserted themselves to win by 2.5 lengths over Cambridge’s Goldie.
W1 ended Hilary term with a strong performance in the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race. They finished in 82nd place, safely inside the top hundred and were among the fastest Oxbridge college crews. The day-trip to London and the experience of racing in one of the biggest fixtures in the British rowing calendar made a great end to the term. Photos at: fb.me/1IFgvAxNF
The boat club was delighted to take delivery of a new men’s first boat this term. It is named in honour of Jonathan Close-Brooks who, as Captain of Boats, led Oriel to the 1966 Summer Eights Headship. The boat is a brand new aluminium wing-rigged Empacher VIII and was delivered to the UK in February, in time to be raced in Torpids. The official boat launch was held on the Saturday of racing and was attended by Jonathan’s widow, Rosemary. The boat club is extremely grateful to all of the sponsors, college and club members who have played a part in the project.
March saw a strong Torpids performance for OCBC. W1 won the second women’s Headship in Oriel history, finishing the job after their near-miss in 2016. They quickly bumped Magdalen on day 1 to move up to Head of the River and held off Christ Church and Wadham to hold it for the following three days. Seven of the crew learned to row at Oriel and have worked their way through W3 and W2 or this year’s intensive novice program to make a strong first Torpid.
M1 comfortably held their position at second on the river, they pushed Pembroke close at times but weren’t quite able to take the Headship this year.
W2 won their blades in outstanding style; they bumped every day, moving up seven places and a division over the four days of racing.
As our Provost put it, if W2 gained blades, M2 gained experience. They moved down four places during the week but put in two strong rowovers on Friday to avoid spoons. The men’s third boat had trained this term but sadly failed to qualify for Torpids during rowing on.
Congratulations to M1 who, in December, travelled to Cambridge and won the Senior Collegiate VIIIs category of the Fairbairn Cup, the largest collegiate head race in the country. The victory capped off a strong Michaelmas term of external racing for the whole senior squad which included outings to the Upper Thames Autumn Head and Wallingford Head.