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!
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.
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
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.
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.