Kellogg Students take part in Summer Eights

29 May 2018

Last week (23rd -26th May) saw the Kellogg College rowers, who are affiliated to the Christ Church team, take part in the OURC Sumer Eights bumps.

For the uninitiated (and I include myself among you), a bumps race is a race during which a number of boats chase each other in single file, each crew attempting to catch and “bump” the boat in front, without being caught by the boat behind. Any boats that are bumped move to the side to allow the following boats to continue.

If a team manages to make it to the finish line without being bumped or bumping another boat, it is said to have “rowed over”. If this happens, the team stays in the same place within its division; however, if a team is bumped, it swaps place in the division with the team that bumped it, for the next day’s racing.  The aim being to be crowned “Head of the River”, i.e. top of Division 1.

Now that’s as clear as (Isis) mud, here are the results (courtesy of Robert McCraith, M2):

Christ Church W1: Bumped on third day by Wolfson W1, finished 4th in Division 1 (Kellogg: Ashley Parham, Amanda Forman and Simona Sulikova (Cox))

Christ Church M1: Bumped on first and second day, now 3rd in Division 1 (no Kellogg People)

Christ Church W2: Bumped on first and last day (Claire Macht and Simona Sulikova)

Christ Church M2: Rowed over on the first two days, bumped St Anne’s M1 on Friday, Pembroke M2 on Saturday (Kellogg: Bastiaan van Dalen, Anurag Kapur, Marc Roe and Robert McCraith)

Christ Church W3: Bumped up the first two days, rowed over the third day, then got bumped the last day (Maya Siegel, Carlie Ica Fuentes and Ashley Parham (Cox))

Christ Church M3: Bumped all but the third day (Bill Franklin, Peter Sawers, Dominik Schwarz and Hafeez Rajwani (Cox))

As you can probably tell, the Summer Eights is incredibly exciting to watch, with some pretty spectacular bumps!  Take a look at the video at the end of this article (thanks again to Robert McCraith for this).

If you are interested in taking up rowing but are a little trepidatious, don’t be. Simona Sulikova (Cox for the W1 and rower for W2 teams) and Robert McCraith, (Stroke for the M2 team) explain below how they came to rowing and how the sport has had a positive impact on their time here at Kellogg.

Simona’s rowing story:

“I rowed for three years during my undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. I only started coxing here, because the boat club was short on coxes and I am of relatively ‘light’ stature compared to the typical rower, so when I was asked to try it, I agreed.

I love being outside, on the river, to take a break from work. Rowing involves a lot of early mornings and hard work and, because of that, the friendships it creates are rather honest and strong. It is also a very social sport – from breakfasts after outings to ‘carb-loading’ pre-race dinners, to fancy cocktail events, there is often something going on. In addition, particularly with Christ Church Boat Club, we have amazing opportunities to race in the best equipment and go to external races, as well. For example, as the only boat club from either Cambridge or Oxford, we raced in the largest boat race in the world, the Head of the Charles River race (2017).

I’ve met many people and experienced things I would not have had a chance to do otherwise.”

Rob’s rowing story:

“I tried rowing out for the first time at a club in Dublin. At the time I really enjoyed the sport but found it difficult to blend my undergraduate studies with training in a club so far from my home. At the start of this academic year (my first in Oxford) I decided to join the senior squad in training (Christ Church also has an excellent Novice training program in Michaelmas Term for those new to the sport).

So far this year, I’ve represented the college at various events outside of Oxford (Fours and Eights Head, in London) and internal racing (Torpids and now Summer Eights), while some of Kellogg’s rowers, who we’re here last year, represented us at the Head of the Charles, in Boston; one of the most famous races in the rowing world!

Rowing certainly isn’t the easiest sport to take up, [it involves] a couple or early mornings each week, depending on the boat you’re part of but it’s also resulted in some of the best friendships I’ve made during my time here. Whether it’s pushing each other to do the last interval on the rowing machine or cycling down to Radley for training with team mates (before the sun is anywhere near rising), rowing results in a strong team bond with the eight others you’re sharing a boat with. You also get to train alongside people in various other boats (this year Christ Church and Kellogg have entered seven eight person boats into summer eights, a feat few other colleges can match).

There are also plenty of social events, [ranging] from fancy Dinners in the beautiful Christ Church Dining hall, to crew dates which can result in some pretty wild nights out!”

Click the link for further information about rowing for Kellogg College.