Men's Report: Michaelmas was a very positive term for the mens side of SABC. We acquired 22 new novices and had over an eights worth of returners. The novices took to rowing like ducks to water, and were immediately making a lot of progress on the water. Our MA boat at Christ Church got through to the Friday, before losing to a very strong New College boat. Due to availability issues, we couldn't put out an MB boat, but some of them rowed in a composite boat with Somerville. Sadly they went out on Wednesday due to a lack of time together as a crew. On the seniors side, our new coach Eddie Rolls instituted a new training regime which saw immediate benefits on the water and the erg. Our top 4 raced in both IWs and got solid results in both. The whole men's side is now training hard for Torpids, with our aim being to have an M1 and M2 boat, with both of them bumping up the river!
Women's Report: Michaelmas 2016 was a great term for the women's side of the Boat Club. We had lots of interest early on which kept up throughout the term, allowing us to put a strong WA boat out for both Nephthys and Christchurch regattas. In Nephthys the crew made it to the second race but got knocked out after a narrow defeat, and in ChCh the girls made it through to the 3rd round of racing. We also fielded a WB friendly boat for both regattas consisting of both seniors and novices. Many of the WA girls are currently training with W1 with the interest in transferring up, whilst the others are looking to make up a strong W2 that can move up the divisions come Torpids. Looking forward to Hilary 2017, we are hoping to put out three women's crews for Torpids, focussing on moving both W1 and W2 up the divisions, whilst tentatively aiming for blades! This term we have also had an intake of visiting students, who shall be joining our novice boats for the next two terms. Training at Godstow has proved incredibly useful for the women's crew, with everyone feeling that the long, wide stretches of river, which are ideal for pieces, are most definitely worth the 25 minute cycle!
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