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Written by:
Paul Holland
30 Nov 2022

It’s been a remarkable Term for Trinity Hall Boat Club (THBC) starting with a large number of novices taking to the water at the start of term.

Tubbing proved extremely popular as always with both our tubs in almost constant use all day most days for a couple of weeks.

Evie Mollitt, Women’s/non-binary Captain of THBC said “The results this term are a testament to how much work each individual has put in this term, and the crews should be incredibly proud of their results. It’s an exciting time for THBC and a fantastic way to (nearly) end the term! As ever, Row Hall!”

Charlie Bone, Men’s/non-binary Captain and Overall Captain said: “It is always incredibly exciting to see the new generation of THBC arrive, and to introduce them to the world of rowing. It is equally, if not more, rewarding to see their dedication pay off across the board as we’ve seen this term. Special thanks must go to our incredible Lower Boat Captains and student coaches, who have offered a lot of their time to coach the novices this term in addition to rowing and coxing themselves. All crews, senior and novice alike, should be proud of their performance this term. With such a strong set of results in Michaelmas, things are looking very promising for the future!”

In the Emma Sprints this term we had four novice crews taking to the water in fancy dress for the sprint race along the Long Reach.

The Novice Women’s and Men’s second boats started the day with the men beating Churchill and Selwyn to make it to the semi-finals before being beaten by Pembroke’s second crew.

The women’s second crew beat Hughes Hall, Emmanuel and Murry Edwards before being beaten by a strong Pembroke novice men’s boat, finishing second in their division and fastest women’s crew.

The men’s and women’s first crews came next with the women beating Anglia Ruskin University in the first race before being beaten by Jesus. The men beat Jesus but were knocked out by a strong Caius boat.

Towards the end of term in the Clare Novice Regatta all three crews made it to their respective finals. The Men’s First Novices rowed exceptionally, winning all of their qualifying races to make it into the cup final against First and Third (Trinity College) where they ‘won’ their race only to have that taken from them via an umpiring decision.

The Women’s First Novices won all of their qualifying races against strong crews, ultimately leading to their cup final against Caius. They lost but only by a length after a strong race.

Celebrations were in order of the Women’s Novice Second crew who made it to the Final against Wolfson and secured victory for the plate.

The College also had a strong representation at the annual Queens’ Ergs and the term has seen the senior crews dedicating time to cementing their technique and stamina with plenty of training outings including over-the-lock sessions (where they lift the boat over Baits Bite Lock to allow for a longer outing, free of congestion).

Only The Fairbairn Cup remains this term (1-2 December) where THBC will field a strong fleet of boats as well as welcome an Alumni boat back to race on The Cam.

Paul Townshend, Head Coach & Boathouse Manager, said “This term has been a superb one for THBC. We have welcomed a large number of novices to the club and all have begun their rowing careers in an extremely positive way which is extremely rewarding to see. Our Captains and Lower Boat Captains have done a super job in organising and supporting our novices and have no doubt benefitted personally from giving something back to the club which is something I always encourage in our rowers. The senior squads have trained well this term both on and off the water and I hope that they will reap the rewards of that hard work and commitment in the coming months. It’s been a great term and, as ever, THBC and Trinity Hall remain an inspiring and exciting place to be. Row Hall!”

We look forward to Lent Term rowing and, of course, the Lent Bumps.

Fairbairn Cup 2022 Results

Day 1:

  • Novice Women’s First Boat WON by 19 seconds.
  • Novice Women’s Second Boat WON by 46 seconds
  • Novice Men’s First Boat placed 5th
  • Novice Men’s Second Boat placed 7th

Day 2:

  • Senior Men’s First Boat placed 13th in their division
  • Senior Women’s First Boat finished with the same time as last year