On the 25th March, we welcomed crews from Zen, House of Zen, MKB Law and Bridge Commercials for a corporate fun day.
The day kicked off with introductions to the boathouse and the equipment, followed by a coached session on the water. The weather was kind to us and for the first time in seemed an age, the Lagan was drenched in sunshine.
Having been coached through the basics and with all crews rowing as one, we broke for refreshments ahead of an afternoon of racing.
The races took the form of quick sprints, from the Governor's Bridge back to the pontoon. The crew from Bridge Commercial were victorious in the end.
Our thanks go to all the teams for coming down and giving rowing a try as well as to Eddie Fung for providing prizes and food on the day.
We're immensely grateful for the generous support from all four businesses to Queen's Rowing. Their generosity will help us to achieve more on the water and we hope to welcome them back in the future.
Hi all! I'm Nathan and I've recently taken over as one of the PR officers for Queen's Rowing. I'm a first year student studying PPE and part of this year's contingent of Novice men. For my first post, I'd like to share some pictures from the day before HORR 2018.
Queen's Rowers jumped on some Boris Bikes and explored what London had to offer us. The weekend was an amazing experience for everyone on and off the water. Regatta season here we come!
Race plans reviewed, layers donned and final boat checks completed, both crews have launched. Racing is now underway, with very fast conditions. We expect the women to begin around 11.15 am.
Unable to compete at Bann Head, the Novices had their own Mini-Head on the Lagan. Training hard over the last few months, they were keen to finally cut their teeth with a first race on the water. Conditions were kind, with little wind and a forgiving current, the stage was set for a little bit of inter-squad competition, giving context to all they had learnt thus far and offering the Novice coxes a chance to take charge.
Marshalled at the Waterfront and set off at ten second intervals, the crews embarked on a 3km slog down the river. Driven on by the coxes and fighting off pursuing boats, through gritted teeth the crews battled down the river.
Despite the occasional crab, all crews rowed well under pressure, maintained their composure and made their way down the river in good time. With their first race under their belts, focus now turns to the BUCS Indoor 1kms on 18th November with the Men's Tub Champs following on Sunday 19th November.
There was a good turnout of 75 rowers and supporters at the annual Lady Victoria Boat Club Winter Dinner, which this year occurred slightly later than usual. The event was held in the top floor Old Billiard Room at the Ulster Reform Club in Belfast. With its high ceiling and wood panelling, with various legendary 19th century gentlemen portraits hanging on the walls, it brought an appropriate atmosphere to the evening's gathering.
After an enjoyable meal of gateau of salmon, Parma Ham wrapped chicken, and chocolate and whiskey tart, washed down with decent house wine, it was time for the speeches.
David Russell did a fine job serving as emcee -- he's becoming a regular professional at this! Grace for the meal was made by Andy Wells. The Toast to the Queen was made by Ricky Caruth, President LVBC. The Toast to the University was made by David Storrs, Captain LVBC.
The Guest Speaker was Queen's Head Coach, Mark Fangen-Hall, who expressed his gratitude for support by Lady Victorians, not only financially for his job, but also the generosity of hospitality shown to him and his family here. (Speech full text below.)
In addition to tributes by David Storrs and Mark Fangen-Hall, Dusty Anderson gave a formal tribute to the late Donall Murphy. Dusty's words evoked laughter and reflection, epitomising the great character and joie de vivre of our friend Donall.
As Donall would have wanted, the merriment continued after the speeches, and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.