Pots Galore For Our Girls

Our Women’s squad have been smashing the month of May!

Our senior women weren’t able to make the most of 2016’s Regatta season due to Storm Desmond. However, now our fleet is restored, our girls are hitting this regatta season full force. They got their taste of victory at Notts City, comfortably winning their final.

 Our Novice women’s crews are making the most of their first regatta season. This weekend, our  WNov. 8+ (A) won at Tees Regatta. They were finally rewarded for their hard work and determination over the last few months.

We are so proud of our women’s squad. They have come so far and we are really looking forward to more fantastic performance this season. Well done ladies!

Roses 2017

Saturday 23rd April saw Lancaster battle against York our annual varsity, Roses.  10 LUBC  crews journeyed to the River Ouse, York, to compete against UYBC.

Overall there were some fantastic performances and a number of really close races. A particular well done to our winning crews:

  • Novice Women’s 1st 8+
  • Novice Men’s 4+
  • Novice Men’s 8+
  • Novice Women’s 2nd 8+
  • Draw for Men’s Squad trophy (with both teams winning two men’s races each.

The weekend really showed how strong our novice crews have become. This is very promising for our upcoming regattas and for  next year when they move up to the senior squads.

Well done to all the rowers who competed. Now let’s bring on regatta season!

WEHORR 2017

After weeks of intensive training – blood, sweat and perhaps a few tears, our Senior Women’s VIII were ready to compete at WEHORR 2017. This is the first time an LUBC women’s squad has competed at this prestigious event since 2011.

Our Senior women’s cox, Amelia Robinson, gives her account of race:

” Although nerves and butterflies were flying round the crew, the general consensus was excitement. The excitement overcame our nerves as many alumni, some we knew and some we’d never met before, sent us messages of good luck and even came to help us boat. Once an LUBC member, always an LUBC member!
 
Race number on and picnic in the sun eaten it was time to head to the water, so many weeks of long intensive training sessions all leading to this one moment. Boating was a rush with only a 2 minute window to get into the river and begin rowing up past Barnes bridge, in this time we’d seen another boat get pulled onto the bridge buttress by the tide so again butterflies took over.
 
By far the marshalling area was the most difficult part of the race, constantly fighting the pull of the tide and avoiding collisions with other boats. I don’t think I’ve ever said “bow side watch your blades” so many times in my life! After about a 30 minute wait the race for our division 3 started. The girls had the perfect start with all 8 blades off the water and really using the stream to our advantage to get the speed on the boat. Before we knew it, we were rowing through Barnes Bridge to the shouts of “go on Lancaster” from the pub on the bank where many LUBC alumni and our trusty welfare officers were stationed.From then on in on every bridge screams for Lancaster really pushed the girls on through those power tens.
Just after Hammersmith Bridge Lancaster had reduced the distance between us and crew 116 and I knew this was it, time for the over take. Holding our line in the stream we rowed side by side with 116 and a final push for ten strong finishes got us clear of their bow. That was it, there was no stopping the Lancaster girls now they were pushing off the overtake and powering to the finish. As we crossed the finish line we could hear more shouts for Lancaster, the support was amazing!
 
While rowing back up to Chiswick we knew we were holding a position in the top 100 crews, it was a nerve racking experience waiting to find out how many crews behind us were faster. To finish 93rd was more than we could have ever dreamed of and it really finished off a great weekend with a bang!”
 
 
To come 93rd out of 321 crews is a fantastic achievement! We are very proud of our girls and hope to have more great results at WEHORR in the future.

 

 

Executive Committee 17/18

Welcome the new Executive Committee 17/18

Club Captain – Alex Brogan
Club Secretary – Nicola Fleck
Club Treasurer – Anthony Tarabe
Senior Men’s Captain – Sam Ogden-Newton
Senior Women’s Captain – Annabel Johnson
Novice Men’s Captain – Tim Mobbs
Novice Women’s Captain – Amelia Robinson
Equipment Officer – Miguel Eduardo López Dittmar
Health and Safety Officer – Heather Murray
Press and Publicity Officer – Tabitha Palmer
Events Secretary – Katherine Blair
Social Secretary – Matthew Hodge
Alumni Relations Officer – Shani Mellor

Women’s Eights Head of the River Race 2017 Crew

This years Women’s Eight representing LUBC at WeHoRR. These girls will be competing on Saturday 11th March. It is the only race in the UK where novices can compete in the same race as Olympic champions, with universities competing against prestigious clubs.

Cox – Amelia Robinson
Stroke – Zoe Rees
7 – Victoria Joy
6 – Kate Fraser
5 – Shani Mellor
4 – Ida Toni
3 – Caty Marsden
2 – Annabel Johnson
Bow – Gabby Maxfield

Good Luck Girls! Make LUBC Proud.

LUBC For Better Mental Health

Lancaster University Boat Club has an annual tradition of preforming a grueling 24 Hour ERG in hopes to raise money for an important cause.

This year LUBC decided to put its efforts into raising money for an important charity MIND. Mind helps to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding in hopes that everyone experiencing a mental health problem will be able to get the support and respect they deserve.

Every year, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem which can come in many forms such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, etc. Mental health is a big part of student life. Studying will likely bring several changes to your life, most of which are hopefully enjoyable and interesting but can also be quite challenging for people with mental health issues.

LUBC plans to row 730.2km within 24 hours on two indoor rowing machines (ERGs). This distance links LUBC Boathouse to Mind Organisation in London via rivers throughout the UK. We hope to maintain a target split of 1:58.3 /500m to ensure we complete this task. We will start midday Tuesday 7th February in Alexander Square and row continuously in shifts through the night till midday the following day.

We encourage you to donate to such an important cause as it can help provide someone with a way forward along with give them hope and help them understand that they’re not alone.

You can donate to our cause on GoFundMe.com

LUBC For Better Mental Health

 

Lancaster Floods – One Year On

It’s been over a year since Storm Desmond hit Lancaster and LUBC has nearly recovered from the devastation, thanks to help from members and alumni.

When Storm Desmond hit the north of England in December 2015, thousands of people in Cumbria and Lancashire were forced out of their homes, left without power and counting the costs of the flood damage.

LUBC was no exception, damage was made to our fleet, losing a number of boats including the Tom McNerney, Hairy Foot and Diatessaron, along with damage sustained to many others. The Boat House itself flooded to over 8ft in height leaving it and the changing rooms/communal areas unusable.

The executive committee was fast to act and organised a whole club clean-up once the water had receded back. Alumni, and many others, helped with donations towards repairs and replacements which went towards repairing several of our boats and replacing the equipment swept away during the flood.

Although we were unable to get out on the river for some time following the floods the members of LUBC showed determination to continue training even though Storm Desmond had made it impossible to get out on the water.

We have found some replacement boats for the ones that were lost to Storm Desmond but we are still searching to replace others. The Boat House main doors which were lifted off their hinges in the flood have finally been replaced and reinforced.

A year on, LUBC has bounced back stronger than ever and, along with a new coach, LUBC aims to prove itself soon showing that the floods haven’t slowed us down, with high ambitions for future races. So, watch this space.

Aaron Cherry – BRIC/100K

On the 10th December 2016, Aaron Cherry, LUBC Equipment Officer and erging extraordinaire, attended the British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) at Lee Valley VeloPark. He represented LUBC competing against members from the Great British Squad, Aaron placed 7th in the Open Lightweight Men’s 2KM category with an impressive 06:29.7. I have no doubt that this was an incredible experience for him and will motivate him to continue training even harder.

 
“Although we lack the facilities to that of GB and other universities, your support was incomparable and meant everything to me. I hope that more of us have the drive to go next year and we continue to raise awareness of the uprising force of LUBC!” – Aaron Cherry

BRIC RESULTS

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British Rowing Indoor Championships 2016

 

That wasn’t the end of Aaron’s erging ambitions for this year. As most people were waking up early to open presents on Christmas Day, Aaron woke up to a 100K erg before his Christmas dinner. You may be wondering why he did this to himself but on a day of good will to all Aaron planned to do this to raise money for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness who need extra support. Aaron pushed himself to break the record for this seasons 100K, but was sadly unable to but still managed an impressive 7:05:30.9 raising an outstanding £370 for such a great cause.

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100K on Christmas Day

Any donations you may wish to make towards Aaron’s cause can be made through the donations page he has set up on Chuffed.org. All the details are on his Facebook Page including a video of the live stream he did during the erg which is linked.

Rutherford Head 26/11/16

Leading up to Rutherford, our senior squad underwent several changes from previous years, most notably the training plan which is now followed. With a few extra early mornings; longer, more brutal outings and a few more blisters to add to the inevitable aches and pains, Rutherford was our chance to show ourselves, as much as our competitors, where we stood and how far we have come.

There was a small let up on the training prior to the race, ensuring both crews were fresh and ready. Despite not having their best outings the week before the race, everyone remained calm and in high hopes. The crews bonded fantastically and the attitude was brilliant.

As the men’s crew went into the race on the freezing Saturday morning, everyone was focused, and knew exactly how the race was going to be executed, along with how to implement the slight technical improvements they had been focusing on. The row up to the start line was a chance for the men to calm any nerves and get a feel for the course. They knew that if they settled and switched on, the miles that they had put in and the training prior to the race would pay off.

From the very first stroke, the crew was both working in time and giving their all, and nothing changed as the race progressed. “Personally, it was one the most enjoyable and rewarding races I have been to, and the rest of the crew felt the same. I’m extremely happy with how everyone is progressing, and a massive thanks goes to Adrian Lees who has put so much time into improving our squad.” Sam Stinchon, Senior Men’s Captain.

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Finishing 6th out of 18 was a great achievement for the men’s squad against competitive opposition, especially when it is expected that they will only get quicker as the year progresses.

After having started the day in Newcastle’s sub-zero temperatures and watching the LUBC senior men’s eight storm through their first division race, the senior women’s eight donned their five layers of clothes to row to the start line of the Rutherford course.

Despite it being her first ever head race, stroke Izzy Cummins kept her cool and set her crew up to be able to have their best row of the season to date. The power, determination and positive mentality in the boat allowed the girls to row through various crews at points along the course, resulting in a finish position of 6th out of 15 in a competitive field.

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The Senior Women’s Captain, Victoria Joy, was extremely pleased with her crew’s performance. “This was the sort of result that we were aiming for and it is credit to all the hard work that the girls have put into this term of training. It shows massive improvement from where we were even a few weeks ago at Dee Head and I am very excited to see what this crew is capable of over the coming months”

Est. 1964