Results 2014-2015

Fairbairns Cup
W1- 17.42.2- 10th overall- 8th of Cambridge colleges
W2 (IV) – 15.43.7- 15th
Bracadi Breezers NW1 – DNF
Pina Colada NW2-13.31.0- 8th of NW2s- 39th overall

Absolut NW3- 14.45.0- 9th of NW3s- 53rd overall
Tequila Slammers NW4- 14.22.6- 49th overall

Emma Sprints
NW1 beat Newnham NW1, were beaten by Clare Hall NW1 in quarter finalsNW3 were beaten by Newnham NW2, beaten by Emma NW3 in second race

Winter Head
W1- 10th- 10:46- 4th of Cambridge college w8+
W2- 6th- 11:08
NW1 (350)- 12:34- 3rd- 1st of Cambridge college novices
NW2 (551)- 13:15- 8th- 5th of Cambridge colleges

Autumn Head
W1- 12.32- 3rd of Cambridge colleges W1

Queen’s Ergo Competition
NW1 division round 1 (Absolut Slammers) – average split 2:02.4
NW1 division round 2 (Bacardi Colada) - average split 1:55.8
NW2 division (20:00 Blue Lagoon) – average split 2:11.8
Senior division (MECBC/Girton) – average split 1:41.6, 11th of 14
NW1 final (Bacardi Colada)
- average split 1:55.1, 7th of 12


Rain. That was the weather forecast for Sunday morning. Our cox warned us about it and we came prepared. But no preparation is enough for a cold and rainy race. Geared up with our reindeer antlers, we headed to the start line and waited our turn.

Our first sprint start was not quick enough and we were immediately left behind, unable to see Newnham NW2’s boat and losing motivation. However, with the unceasing encouragement of our cox, who could see them just a few meters ahead, we were able to keep a constant distance. Despite losing that first race, we did not despair and tried to stay as warm as possible during the break.

With our second opponent-to-be disqualified, the marshals had a few minutes of confusion before deciding we would race against Emma NW3. All our efforts went into that second sprint. We had a great start and reached a very good pace, moving fast and leaving our opponents behind. Everything was looking too good when 7 caught a crab with the same power she was putting into her strokes, which made steering very difficult and sent us into the bank. Even though our recovery was surprisingly fast, Emma was by then 3 boat lengths ahead of us. We gave our best and managed to reduce that distant to 1 boat by the time those 800 meters were over, leaving a few sets of antlers behind.

We will now prepare for the challenging Fairbairns race. It will be the first time Absolut races such a long distance but we are confident that the latest outings and erg sessions will prepare us for it.

Joaquina Delas Vives


Cox – Christina Larkin
S – Emma Heydon
7 – Reana Maier
6 – Freya Sanders
5 – Laurane Saliou
4 – Morwenna Jones
3 – Katharine Moore
2 – Olwen Wilson
B – Maria Rust
Coach – Mark Jacobs

Cox – Catherine Taylor
Manuela Groß
Angelina Munabi
Veera Panova
Olimpia Onelli
Jana Hueppe
Benedetta Pacella
Simona Sulikova
Coaches – Alex Massey and Rob Watson

Novice Crews
Bacardi Breezers (NW1)
Cox – Katie Prescott
Heather Dudley
Manon Huckle
Emily Busvine
Harriett Alford
Georgina Benson
Abbie Vernon
Rosanna Gregory
Julia Gillard
Laura Robinson
Coaches – Jess Manning and Peter Draper

Pina Colada (NW2)
Cox – Fiona Coventry
Suzanne Golder
Nadia Blackshaw
Emilie Cousin
Maddy Green
Elizabeth Briggs
Eleanor Gell
Kleopatra Kyprianou
Maria Elena Kleemann
Fatima Baldo
Coaches – Bekah Holubinka and Katie Miles

Absolut (NW3)
Cox – Olwen Wilson
Danielle Cai
Grace Carton
Joaquina Delas
Kate Wilkinson
Chloe Legard
Lenka Elekova
Georgia Thurston
Lucy Twisleton
Emma Roth
Coach – Sara Holttinen

Tequila Slammers (NW4)
Cox – Katharine Moore
Kate Prescott
Stephanie Soler
Julie Faroux
Anna Milne
Tilly Johnstone-Jones
Jessica Rigley
Megan Rees
Antonia Schrader
Coach – Mollie Jones

Blue Lagoon (NW5)
Cox – Iila Li
Taine Ranaghan
Ngo Chui (Jeanie)
Joanna Kozlowska
Bingaiqn Liu
Tess Lerebours
Jenni Visuri
Susanna Peden
Elise Liu
Bingyang Ye
Coach – Laurane Saliou


This was W2’s first race of term, and for two of its rowers, their first race ever! We were keen to see how much we had learnt so far this term and to get some much needed race practice before Fairbairns. It had been a difficult week leading up to the race, with one rower injured, a change in crew and Christina stepping in to cox for us. However, thanks to Reana we had 8 rowers and were ready to race.

By the time our division was marshalling, it became clear that the event was running quite behind leading to a very congested river. However, this gave us lots of time to check out the crews that had come from around the country to race on the Cam, especially some rather good looking men from the University of London! After the men had set off, we had just enough time to get our focus together and pull out towards the start line. The racing conditions were ideal, with very little wind and no rain. We got off to a good start, settling into a steady rhythm. Christina’s calls for power seemed to be working as she told us we were keeping pace with Robinson’s W1 boat in front of us. However, by the time we reached The Plough, it became clear that we were struggling to find the power required to keep up the same pace and we started to lose our togetherness. As we were overtaken by the University of London’s women on The Reach we pushed harder trying to make it difficult for them, but we didn’t have the stamina to keep going. We crossed the finish line a respectable 6th in our event out of 14 boats, showing that we have potential but still have lots to work on both technically in the boat and in fitness training before Fairbairns.

Katharine, 6

Citi Society Challenge

MECBC entered the Citi Society Challenge with the hope of winning £1000. After weeks of campaigning, we are now pleased to announce that we won! We would like to thank everyone who voted for the club, or helped to promote it during the voting period. The award will go a long way in helping us to expand and keep competing at a high level.


A new academic year and a new MECBC W1. Crew announcements had occurred on Tuesday and with only two outings under our belt, our first weekend together also saw us on the river for our first race of the term – Autumn Head 2014.

With only two rowers back from last year’s successful Mays First VIII, we had many new faces excited to experience their first taste of representing the Club in the First VIII and racing in Octopussy. In a term traditionally dominated by novice-traffic, we were looking forward to a chance to enjoy 2.6 km of uninterrupted rowing and set ourselves a benchmark to work from for the rest of term.

Super keen as we were, we were a tad on the early side to marshalling and Christina had to negotiate reversing around Chesterton corner to avoid being run down on the finish line by boats from the division before ours! For the race itself we had a moderately-strong wind to contend with, but despite this we went off quickly under the Motorway Bridge. We pushed up hard on the boat we chased along First Post Reach, to the extent that they were being told to prepare to give us space to pass. Unfortunately, over the second half of the course in particular, the fact that this was W1’s third outing of term became all too evident in our stamina, technique and togetherness.

On this particular day we know we didn’t show the best of what we’ve got to offer as a crew. But our sights are now on Winter Head and Fairbairns later this term – W1 will be back and ready to show the Cam what we can really do.

Emma Heydon, stroke

Rowing and sculling club for Murray Edwards College (founded as New Hall)