1927 at Henley Women’s Regatta

June 10, 2011

HWR Takes place this year from Friday 17th June to Sunday 19th June. There are many 1927 BC rowers flying the flag in this year’s Regatta. Please see the following link for the full draw by event: http://www.hwr.org.uk/instructions_competitors.asp

Look out for Oxford and Cambridge Alumni racing over the weekend:

Sarah Allen and Harriet Eldred (as Isle of Ely) and Sarah Harbour (as Cross Keys BC) in the Lwt Senior 1x
Chiara Ferrara (as Isle of Ely) in the Senior 1x
Frankie Sanjana (as Mortlake A & A) in the Elite 1x
Rachel Smith and Amelia Van Manen in the Elite 8+ (as 1927 BC as part of a Thames composite)
Zoe Lee in the Elite 8+ (racing as Imperial College in a GB composite)
Louise Connell in the Senior 4x (as Imperial College as part of an Imperial / Sport Imperial / LRC composite)
Mathilde Pauls in the Elite 2x (as Sport Imperial)
Beth Colman in the Intermediate Club 8+ (as City of Cambridge).

Apologies if i have missed anyone, and Good Luck to everyone racing!


Henley Boat Races – Timings for Sunday.

March 25, 2011

A quick reminder of  the timings for the Henley Boat Races, this Sunday March 27th. In the true spirit of a joint 1927 boatclub, good luck to all Cambridge and Oxford crews taking part.

1.15pm  Intercollegiate women’s race
1.30pm  Intercollegiate men’s race
2.00pm  Newton Women’s Reserves Race – Osiris v. Blondie
2.30pm Lightweight Women’s Boat Race – OUWLRC v. CUWBC Lightweights
3.00pm Newton Women’s Boat Race – OUWBC v. CUWBC
3.30pm Lightweight Men’s Boat Race – OULRC v. CULRC
4.30pm Trophies presented at Remenham Farm by Anna Watkins

WEHORR 2011 – Two 1927/SI crews took to the water…

March 24, 2011

1927 (/Sport Imperial) had two crews take to the water as part of the 300 strong entry for last Saturday’s Women’s VIIIs Head of the River. The weather surprised pretty much everyone (did no one let the weather man know that it was WEHORR weekend?) and we had a perfect day of bright sun and very light wind for the race.   


Despite a slow start to boating (with the lunar perigee, as I am reliably told it is called, causing a high and late turning of the tide), and no small amount of carnage on the Putney embankment … the 1927/SI A crew [Bracegirdle (Ox,Cam); Smith (SI,Cam); Ferrara (Cam); Langslow (Cam); Windham (Ox); Keegan (SI,Cam); Connell (Cam); Astley (Cam); and Dowbiggin (Cam)] boated from IC through the mess of non-tideway boats for an easy getaway. 


1927/SI A went off in 15th place, using the position secured by the crew that raced the previous year… and came away with a position two lower than the previous year, but managed to take the last spot in the top 20 – coming 6th in the IM1 division.  


(B-S) Bracegirdle, Smith, Ferrara, Langslow, Windham, Keegan, Connell, Astley, Dowbiggin (photo courtesy of Alan Hendrick)


  The 1927/Sport Imperial B crew, [Cuthbert (SI); Stewart (Cam); Wordley (Cam); Bierer (Cam); Hart (Cam); Eldred (Cam); Allen (Cam); Harbour (Cam); and Taylor (Cam)] was almost an entirely scratch boat. After only 1 previous day together, and no outings in the final lineup, they managed to stick to last year’s 1927 rule that there must be more degrees than outings in the boat!  The scratch crew climbed 170 places to finish 53rd, having started with the new entries at position 223.


(B-S) Cuthbert, Stewart, Wordley, Bierer, Hart, Eldred, Allen, Harbour, Taylor (Photo Courtesy of Alan Hendrick)



Congratulations must go to the IC / Sport Imperial crews that came 4th and 30th (especially to the infamous Christina Duffy for getting her IC colours!), with the IC/SI A crew containing 1927 Oxford President Zoe Lee … and also to the Cambridge University Women, who were placed 10th, and won the IM2 pennant. The Leander (mostly squad) boat maintained their position as Head of the river with our own 1927 star Annie Vernon on board. See http://www.wehorr.org/results.htm for the full reported results and pennant winners. 

We have so many people to thank for their support and help for 1927 in the run up to the Head. In particular we would like to mention:
ICBC for the use of their facilities, boat and huge amount of help with training leading up to the head (including women’s coach Brian Steele, and Head Coach Don McLachlan); St Catharine’s College for their Boat, to Laura Bierer for sorting this out, and to Anton Wright from Clare College for giving us a place on their trailer; To Sarah Harbour and Sarah Allen for helping us source equipment (along with their amazing other halves Alan Hendrick and Mel Harbour for their support rigging and unloading on the day); Crabtree for their blades; and Rebecca Dowbiggin for finding some extra cox-boxes. Apologies to anyone we’ve missed from this list – let me know if you feel hard done by, and we’ll give you a name-drop!

Newton Women’s Boat Race – Oxford vs. Cambridge. Official press release… In this bulletin: New sponsor for women’s Boat Race; Cambridge try to Turn tide; Challenge & Weigh-In 22/03; Race Day Timings

March 17, 2011


The openweight women’s clubs of Cambridge and Oxford Universities have announced a new partnership with Newton Investment Management Ltd, which is part of BNY Mellon Asset Management. Newton have taken title sponsorship of the Women’s Boat Race and reserves race, and will be supporting the two clubs’ training during the summer of 2011.  The substantial sponsorship is aimed at improving the standard and development of the two women’s clubs.

Newton Investment Management is led by CEO Helena Morrisey, who was named ‘Most Influential Woman in Asset Management’ last October.  In November 2010 Morrissey set up the 30% Club, which aims at increasing the proportion of women in the boardrooms of the FTSE 100 to 30% within the next five years, but without using quotas.

Helena comments – “Newton Investment Management is proud to sponsor the Newton Women’s Boat Race and to support the Women’s Boat Clubs at Oxford and Cambridge.  We believe that with the right support the Women’s Clubs have the potential to build sustainable high-performance programmes equal in magnitude to their male counterparts.  We hope that this funding starts to make a difference to university and women’s rowing – areas that have historically been very underfunded.  The Clubs and Newton share the values of performance, perspective, teamwork and consistency and we trust that this is the beginning of a long and strong partnership.” 


Oxford and Cambridge eights are in the final stages of preparation for the Henley Boat Races which take place on the famous Royal Regatta course in Henley-on-Thames on Sunday 27 March. All eyes will be on the blue riband event, the Newton Women’s Boat Race, just before the grand finale of the lightweight men’s race.

It has been an exciting year for both universities. Natalie Redgrave, daughter of the illustrious Sir Steve, is expected to row for the Oxford Women’s Blue Boat, while at Cambridge a change in the coaching team has produced the best results the light blues have seen in recent years.

In a further twist, the new Cambridge women’s coach, Martyn Rooney, will be up against his own son, Jon Rooney, who is an assistant coach with the Oxford University women.  For once there is more than student pride at stake.

The Cambridge women have had the upper hand all season, with wins over Oxford at Fuller’s Fours Head of the River Race and the recent Henley Head. However, with 7 wins in the last decade the dark blues will be sure to fight hard.

The Newton Women’s Boat Race is part of a four-race programme which also includes Boat Races for lightweight men and lightweight women, as well as the Newton reserves race between Osiris (for Oxford) and Blondie (for Cambridge).


The Challenge and Weigh-In to be held at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley at 11am on Tuesday 22 March marks the first opportunity for the crews to meet face to face.

The Presidents of each crew will introduce their athletes before last year’s losing President issues a formal challenge to race.

Following the Challenge there is the opportunity for media photographs and interviews.


The race programme starts at 1.15pm, to include the Newton Women’s Boat Race at 3pm, and full details are available on the event website

Facebook: Henley Boat Races
Twitter: @HenleyBoatRaces / #hbr2011

1.15pm Intercollegiate women’s race
1.30pm Intercollegiate men’s race
2.00pm Newton Women’s Reserves Race – Osiris v. Blondie
2.30pm Lightweight Women’s Boat Race – OUWLRC v. CUWBC Lightweights
3.00pm Newton Women’s Boat Race – OUWBC v. CUWBC
3.30pm Lightweight Men’s Boat Race – OULRC v. CULRC
4.30pm Trophies presented at Remenham Farm by Anna Watkins (nee Bebington), Olympic Medallist 2008 and current World Champion in the Women’s Double Sculls.


For all media enquiries about the Henley Boat Races please contact:
Chiara Ferrara
Communications Officer, HBR Organising Committee
M:  07816 194126
E:  hbrcomms@gmail.com

Women’s VIIIs Head of the River – Saturday 19th March

March 14, 2011

Two 1927 / Sport Imperial Crews have entered the Women’s VIIIs Head of the River, taking place this Saturday, 19th March. The race starts at 15.30, with the crews heading off in 15th place (one ahead of the current CUWBC blue boat) and at 233.

See link for full draw: http://www.wehorr.org/documents/2011-Draw-rev1.pdf

Please come along and support the racing crews!

2011 Henley Boat Races on Sunday 27th March.

March 2, 2011

The 2011 Henley Boatraces will take place Sunday 27th March. Please come and support the girls and the lightweights. For more information, visit: http://www.henleyboatraces.com/

Welcome to the 1927 Boat Club Blog

October 31, 2010

Hi All,

This is the new blog for the 1927 Boat Club where we will be keeping you updated with news about the club such as events and results.