Captain's Word - November 2014

Posted on Tuesday 04 November 2014, 00:04 by Admin

Itís a huge pleasure to be taking over the helm from Sam Lloyd as Caiusí Captain of Boats for this coming year. Iím not at all intimidated by not having a boathouse for this season Ė if anything, I look forward to keeping Caius the most formidable club on the Cam, boathouse or not. I came to Cambridge in October of 2012, and had the opportunity to travel to Basel with M1 to race the famous Basel Head. It was a tremendously fun experience. I chose to pursue CUWBC for that year, claiming the lightweight cox role for the 2013 boat race, and becoming close friends with many Caians in the program. I decided that 2013-2014 would be the year that I dedicated my time to Caius, where I coxed M1 periodically, spent much time coaching W1 (specifically in the Lents term) and went up three slots coxing W1 in the Mays. My biggest goal for this coming year is to continue the success of both the women and men's senior squads, and importantly, to build a very strong novice intake.

Caius senior men began their season with Autumn Head, where M2 had an impressive showing as the fastest M2 boat, placing 19th out of 128 boats. Caius welcomes back only a few familiar faces to the men's squad this term but is eager to post a quick time at Fairbairns. Training has been going well, with new coach James Scott (University of California - Berkeley, 2x Henley Royal Regatta winner) and Vice Captain Joe Wallace at the helm of the senior men's program.

Caius senior women have also welcomed back only 5 returners for the term, but aren't letting that get them down. Led by Vice Captain Melissa Leonard and coach Ben Swan (of the senior men's squad), they are looking forward to bettering 2013's Fairbairns time in their 4+.

Many kudos go out to the Lower Boat Captains: Laura Bolton (men), and Christina Pope and Emily Morgan (women) who are helping to develop 5 novice boats. The novice men recently did mixed 8s with the senior men and the novice women will soon combine with the senior women for a similar session. These sessions have really inspired the novices to train hard for the upcoming Queens Ergs, Clare Novices and, of course, novice Fairbairns, which the novice men's 1st boat won last year.

I've been trying to engage with social media more frequently, to bring alumni into the CBC lifestyle more and more. Keep checking the FB page ( for club training photos and, of course, our very popular Throwback Thursday photos. Though we're losing our historical boathouse, we haven't forgotten our history - join the Throwback party by sending your old Caius rowing photos to any of us on the committee.

Next update will be after Fairbairns and before our December training camp in Seville, Spain.

Go The Mighty


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