Punching above our weight at Women’s Eights Head of River

12 March 2018

Our College entered two boats in the largest women’s rowing race in the world last weekend, and both achieved very good times. We also cheered on our students in two CUWBC boats and many alumnae in other boats.

Lucy Cavendish College was only one of two colleges to enter two boats to the race. W1 completed in 22:50.4 minutes and W2 completed in 24:05.4 (all rowers pictured to the left).

Myriam Goudet rowed in the fastest University Boat, the CUWBC 1st Eight. Olivia Jamrog rowed in the CUWBC 3rd Eight, which came 42nd out of 319 crews.

Alumna and previous Boat Club President, Jess Phillips (pictured right) rowed for Curlew Rowing Club, who were awarded a pennant for the fastest medium sized club. Other alumnae included Elinor George rowing for Landaff Rowing Club, Abbey Child and Catherine Quinn rowing for Cambridge 99s Rowing Club and Angela Barkes rowing for Chesterton Rowing Club. We were also pleased to see the Hughes Hall first boat out on the river with a few of our joint club alumnae.

Anne Sauviat is Captain of W2. She said:

"I am so proud of what W2 has achieved this term, Wehorr being the cherry on top on the cake! It wasn’t easy to get there, especially as we had never done such a long race before, and a lot of doubts - and sweat - came along the way. But we all worked together so hard as a crew, it really paid off. Most of the girls only started rowing in October and yet, we managed to make it from position 291 to 263 with a time of 24:05.4. Quite the success! And most importantly, we all had an amazing time and everybody came out of the boat with very shaky legs but big confident smiles. So yes, this bodes well for the future. Bring it on May Bumps, Lucy Cav W2 is coming for you!"

President of the Lucy Cavendish College Boat Club, April Bowman said:

“Our Boat Club punched well above its weight. I’m proud of everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm. We all had a great time!”

The Boat Club is now launching an appeal for contributions to help it grow. Please visit this web page for more details: https://goo.gl/7tC6cD

Photos below: the view from Hammersmith Bridge, taken by coach Hannah Spry (W1 on the left, W2 on the right).



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