MECBC has enjoyed a very successful season back on the Cam, despite a year with disrupted training due to the pandemic. During Michaelmas, the committee worked tirelessly to run land training sessions on the ergs in college in household groups and crew groups, as well as zoom circuit training sessions, when it was not possible to get out on the water (a relief to those who do not particularly enjoy the cold, dark mornings!). However, once students started to arrive back in Easter term, we were delighted to welcome over 25 novices into three novice VIIIs, as well as running two senior crews – W1 and W2.
Thanks to the hard work of all our members, committee, and coaches, we were able to enter both senior crews and our NW1 into the June Eights Regatta, the replacement for Bumps 2021 – ‘Fake Bumps’ or ‘Fumps’. The regatta was a fantastic week with a side-by-side race each day after the initial getting-on head race. It was wonderful to see our crews and those of the other colleges racing against one another for the first time in over a year, and despite a missing rudder and some last-minute boat repairs, all crews rowed brilliantly! We are so proud of how much they have all improved and how hard all our members have trained, with our novices racing after only a few weeks of outings and having not been on the water before the start of Easter term.
We look forward to welcoming back our rowers (and hopefully some new members!) in Michaelmas after the summer vacation and a well-deserved break, ready for another successful year, led by the new committee. We have every intention of painting the Cam black and white and wearing greenery with pride when Bumps (hopefully) recommence in 2022!