All posts by Tabitha Palmer

Durham Regatta

To end our 2017 regatta season, LUBC sent a number of crews to Durham Regatta, a fantastic to end to a successful year for the club.

Our senior women continued their winning streak by winning the IM3 8+ in a competitive race for the Prince Bishop trophy.

Winning women’s crew!

There were a handful of many other good performances. The Nov4+, WNCF8+,WNCA8+and NCF8+ all placed second.


Our success in regattas this summer have shown how far LUBC has come this year. Bring on head season and our new intake next October!

Big wins at Hexham!

What a weekend! This weekend saw LUBC send a number of crews to Hexham regatta and it was medals all around.

The club had big wins in IM3 4+, WIM3 8+, WIM3 4+ and NOV 8+ making Saturday one of our most successful regattas in LUBC history with 70% of crews were in a final!


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!


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.