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Pub crawl by mjb93 - Sun 31st Mar 2013, 7:23am
Thanks to all who contributed to an excellent event ... hope everyone made it home afterwards
Does Aerodynamics matter in rowing? by JSB - Fri 15th Mar 2013, 10:17am
From Professor Tony Purnell's proposed 4h year engineering projects:

"Aerodynamics is of second order importance to rowing as the boats move through the air quite slowly. Is this misguided? What is the average cross wind for a season's rowing in major events? Could the rowers, the rigs, the oars, the boats be improved (within the regulations) to lower the aerodynamic drag experienced?"
1+3 In Charge. Again. by Rich - Fri 9th Nov 2012, 6:39pm
Not content with ruling the UK (plenty of Lords in our ranks), 1+3 is now making a play to rule the heavens. We congratulate the cox of the 1975 & 1976 May VIIIs on being appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury - see this article. We are still waiting for confirmation of Peter Brandt being installed as Supreme Ruler of All Existence - can't be long now.
Offer; W. Gilet and Splash Jacket by Jo Sampson - Sun 29th Jul 2012, 8:06pm
I have a couple of items of (women's) kit which are doing nobody any good sitting in a drawer under my bed.

Spartan Gilet, Medium. Fleece, with splashproof back. First & Third Trinity printed on back. Cat & Buns (& Mercer logo) embroidered on front.
Spartan Splash Jacket, Small. Cat & Buns (& Mercer logo) embroidered on front.

If you are interested please contact me by email. I'm happy to give them away for the price of postage, or free collection from London.


Internet Explorer 9 by Neil T - Wed 22nd Feb 2012, 12:47pm
My computer decided to install IE9 of its own accord last night. The FaT website now looks weird and won't display any images (other websites seem unaffected). Can I do anything about this or is it something to do with old-style code having been rendered obsolete?

[Yes yes, I know, "use Firefox/Chrome" etc.] (2 replies...)
Rowing video quality by RTT - Mon 15th Mar 2010, 6:40pm
I suspect this issue has been tackled by many of us before, so I was hoping to gather suggestions and information into one place.

The problem is simple to frame: What is the best and most practical way to take, process and display video of people rowing, assuming the camera is being used on a bike?

I know that using a tandem can have very positive effects on the raw video, but even then there is lots of shaking involved. How can this be reduced at time of capture? What tools do you / have you used to process the footage? What file types lend themselves best to storing and playing footage of rowing?

Please fire away with suggestions / further questions etc. and hopefully we'll gather a bit of a guide for anyone trying to video rowing in future. (4 replies...)
Pedro at sea by Emma - Thu 11th Mar 2010, 11:46pm
Hi all,

For anyone who would like to follow Pedro's progress in his Atlantic crossing, the website is After five days at sea the crew are coping well and making good progress of 60-70nm a day.

The daily blog is updated usually around 7pm - although unfortunately for avid blob-watchers the satellite tracker only updates sporadically about twice a day. Any messages left on the site will be relayed to the team and are really appreciated by the guys.

Emma (2 replies...)
things in my room by Richard Sworder - Mon 7th Dec 2009, 3:47am
Firstly, I hope everybody had fun at the bop, and the post party in my room. I'm currently cleaning up, and have found a few things.

Pair of black top man shoes
Black coat with two bike lights
Blue scarf
FaT Hoody (Old style, has JPMorgan Sponsorship)

Let me know if it's yours and I'll arrange getting it back to you!

Swords (2 replies...)
Who said physics wasn't useful? by Julijana - Thu 19th Nov 2009, 11:47pm
A friend of mine sent this to me via email. It's from a professor in DAMTP. Any "new" rigging worth trying?
And the winner is... by Emma - Thu 5th Nov 2009, 9:25pm
Number 94 - batch of Magog Muffin Co. Cambridge Blue muffins!!
Number 134 - Overboard 25litre heavy duty yellow dry bag
Number 301 - Ready2Row "I'd Rather be on the River" novelty mug
Number 233 - Ready2Row see-through drybag for documents and valuables

Thanks guys - £101.02 raised!!
Rowing as a group increases pain th by Allen - Sun 18th Oct 2009, 10:17am
I think we already knew this, but now it's published in a journal.
Lookalikes by RTT - Thu 8th Oct 2009, 12:47pm

A dancer
North Pole Challenge by Amelia - Fri 18th Sep 2009, 5:24pm
Dan and I are planning an unsupported expedition to the geographic North Pole in spring 2010. If you are interested, check out our website North Pole Challenge.
Atlantic row by Pedro - Sat 15th Aug 2009, 6:48pm
In January 2010 I'm going to follow in Dan and Rich's 'footsteps' and row across the Atlantic. I've set up a website called One Million Strokes (it's just over 3000 miles!) at , it's still a work in progress. Take a look if you have a minute. Thanks!
Rowing aid on BBC's Dragon's Den by Mark - Thu 30th Jul 2009, 3:48pm
An interesting GCSE D&T concept from a student and rower on Dragon's Den tonight:

Two plastic/rubber blocks that surround the handle, one for each hand, that prevent wear to the hands and blister formation "without interfering with rowing technique".

Will post a BBC iPlayer link when available. (2 replies...)
Seb Swings Stalin the Swan by Jij - Fri 29th May 2009, 9:29am
A friend of mine stumbled across this recent article here.

Read carefully for the name of the assailant.

It seems that's 'Sebastian P' 1-0 'Stalin' the Swan.
Rowing at Oxford by Liz - Wed 11th Mar 2009, 9:33pm
So this is what college boat clubs at Oxford do... (4 replies...) by Emma - Sat 17th Jan 2009, 2:08pm
Details of the University's proposed new sports facilities. (2 replies...)
Graham and Simon's Joke Fest by Simon - Wed 17th Dec 2008, 12:55am
Have just opened a load of Christmas crackers.

Graham: Your starter for ten... (and remember, I must have the answer on my card):

"What did the cavemen say when they saw their first flying reptile?" (378 replies...)
Alastair Hignell by Simon - Sun 14th Dec 2008, 10:46pm
Alastair Hignell was featured in Sports Personality of the Year this evening. For those who don't know, he was an excellent rugby commentator on FiveLive who retired this year. He has degenerative MS, and broadcast with it for eight years, without the illness being widely known by the general public.

Anyway, they said on the show that he was the last person to captain both CUCC and CURFC. He still holds the Cambridge points record for a Varsity rugby march. He has scored a try for England and a century against the West Indies (the latter for his county side). Astonishing.

PS Anyone want to write a "best radio commentator" poll?
Pembroke's Boat Burning by JDT - Sun 22nd Jun 2008, 6:33pm
Okay, so whatever happened to the Pembroke boat burning?

This is a tale to make us all realise how great Charles is. To re-cap, a boat burning organised by Charles goes as follows: Boat is taken to Backs; Boat is Burned; ????; Profit.

How the boat burning went for Pembroke:

> Boat was thrown into the river to get it to the other side by swimming along with it.

> Boat then carried to Pembroke

> Boat then covered in Petrol (yes, Petrol)

> Boat then lit with a lighter (yes, a lighter) by the W1 cox.

> Boat explodes with a bang; cox gets badly burned; rower gets injured; everyone else falls over.

> PCBC Dinner is a little bit unhappy. (9 replies...)
Room in London by Martin P - Thu 29th May 2008, 6:51pm
Clearly not expecting current members of fat to be looking right now.... but if anyone knows of friends looking for a room in London, would be v grateful if you might pass on my details....

Tel is 07813 711665
70 quid + bills per week
Standard sized double room, furnished, all mod cons, newly refurbished etc
5 mins walk from Abbey Wood train station - this is 25 mins from London Bridge, 30 mins from Cannon St and 35 mins from Charing Cross (Trafalgar Sq)
3 bed house, I live with another Accenture employee.
Thanks, Martin.

PS Good luck recruiting lots of eager freshers!! (1 replies...)
SCUBA divers cannot pass wind... by Simon - Fri 4th Jan 2008, 5:18pm
SCUBA divers cannot pass wind at depths of 33 feet or below
Someone just told me this but I am struggling to believe it. Can anyone tell me whether it's a fact or fiction, and provide supporting evidence?

If it helps, at 33feet the water pressure is equal to 1 atmosphere. (4 replies...)
Dengue fever in Cambridge? by S.L. Stoneman - Sat 29th Dec 2007, 7:53pm
Found on Wikipedia when trying to research dengue fever. I can think of several ways to describe East Anglia but "developed, tropical nation?" Don't think so

One major difference, however, is that malaria is often eradicated in major cities, whereas dengue is often found in urban areas of developed tropical nations, including Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil & East Anglia
It's kit Jim, but not as we know it by Simon - Sun 1st Jul 2007, 11:30pm
While I'm away sailing (and proudly using my 2nd Mays top to protect against the Biscay elements), a small poser to keep you amused over the summer.... What's the most obscure/impressive place anyone's ever worn a piece of 1st & 3rd kit?

And before the pedants jump in: that's geographical place, not which part of your body... (34 replies...)
Trumps by Simon - Thu 14th Jun 2007, 12:54pm
Graham and I are renowned for being Far Too Competitive. We'll try to out-do each other on anything - pointless trivia, highest heart rate when training, whatever...

But there's nothing quite like a game of top trumps. Except we don't always have a set of cards to hand. Which is why we invented ARA-card trumps (only works if you're club secretary and have about 30 of the things).

The most recent game is "Seen on the train to Waterloo trumps" where Graham has just matched my "my-friend-Laura-from-Selwyn's dad" with a "Kieran West".

So what next? Well that's what this thread is for: to let you know what we're trumping with next, and to share your experience of stupid games of one-upmanship... (24 replies...)
Cat and Buns by Joff - Sun 29th Apr 2007, 11:00pm
Has anyone got a high res version of the Cat & Buns? (19 replies...)
Small Boats Regatta by BJ - Wed 25th Apr 2007, 1:02pm
As there are 'too many' events in the Small Boats Regatta, it's a bit hard to get at them all in order to add results and reports, so I'm linking them all here:

Maiden Sculls
Fairbairn Junior Sculls
Women's Championship Sculls
Lowe Double Sculls
Foster Fairbairn Pairs
Magdalene Silver Pairs

And yes, I realise that Colquhouns isn't technically in the Small Boats Regatta...
Fours head by Simon - Mon 2nd Apr 2007, 7:00pm
A bit of early warning if you're planning on being in a senior squad this Mich term, and aiming to go to the Fours Head. They've changed the rules to say that all sweep crews must have at least two points between them. Tin pots all round then!
LOST TRAINERS by Dan Newton - Tue 13th Mar 2007, 10:48pm
This post is a last resort before email spam as I have asked most people who I remember seeing on the night of the boat club dinner...

I woke up Sunday morning having lost various things, including my memory, but having gained a pair of TRAINERS in a JOHN LEWIS bag. Nobody has yet been to claim them from my room and I can't remember to whom they belonged. If you know someone who is looking for some trainers then I have them. If you know someone who is looking to buy some second hand trainers then put a £10 cheque in my p.hole and I'll post them to you.
End of an era!! by Martin P - Mon 12th Mar 2007, 11:06am
I'm sure many people out there will be interested and pleased to hear that Dubya's PhD thesis is at the binders as of this morning and is being submitted today!! Congrats John. It feels a momentus day - for me especially given that you started rowing the same term I did, it's truly the end of an era!
Also seems a good opportunity to link to The spoof manifesto - author unknown.
Thank you by Simon - Thu 1st Mar 2007, 12:57pm
One thing which I don't think gets said enough on this website is thank you to the webmaster. Currently Bryn, originally Martin, and with others along the way, they have built a website which remains the envy of other sports clubs both in Cambridge and beyond. Although the site looks the same, it's clear that the improvements both big (BumpIT) and small (changing code to generate Torpids rules bumps charts) are ongoing and also a lot of work. The fact that I can put in all these links as well just makes it more fun.

Next week is busy and stressful for everyone, but thanks to their work this site has become a brilliant reference point for live information and an archive of what's gone before.

Thanks guys! (5 replies...)
A Few Good Umpires by Michael Parker in the Mays 2002 Bumps Programme - Thu 1st Mar 2007, 8:57am
TOM CRUISE (Coach): Did you order the rerow?
JACK NICHOLSON (Senior Umpire): You want answers?
TOM CRUISE: I think I'm entitled.
JACK NICHOLSON: You want answers?!
TOM CRUISE: I want the truth!
JACK NICHOLSON: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has bumps races through the gut. And those bumps have to be umpired by men with bikes. Who's going to do it? You? The Cam Conservators? LMBC? I have greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for your cox and you curse Grassy. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that your bump, while tragic, occurred because we were trying to clear the river. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, clears the river. You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at Boat Club dinners, you want me on that bike. You need me on that bike! We use words like overbump, canvas, First Post, one-minute gun... we use these words as the backbone to a life spent umpiring something. You use 'em as a punch-line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very 'racing' I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I'd prefer you just said thank-you then went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a bib and work as an umpire. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!!
TOM CRUISE: Did you order the rerow??
JACK NICHOLSON: You're damn right I did! (1 replies...)
Ooh! What a mean looking rower! by Martin Y - Sun 4th Feb 2007, 1:24pm (1 replies...)
Fifth time lucky by BJ - Sat 3rd Feb 2007, 9:20am
Those of you outside college might be interested to know that Tom Coker has been elected TCSU President at the fifth attempt. I look forward to a full colour boat club pull-out in next year's Freshers' Handbook.
FaTBCFC vs BPBCFC football match by FaTBCFC 1st XI Captain 2007 - Fri 19th Jan 2007, 4:19pm
I am delighted to announce that the first annual FaTBCFC vs BPBCFC football match will kick off at 2pm on Saturday 17 March, at the Cranmer Road pitch (near Selwyn).

If you would like to play, then please get in touch with me (bjg32 at if you are a current member of First and Third, or with Neil Talbott (neiltalbott4 at if you are a member of Black Prince. All levels of experience and skill are encouraged and, in the unlikely event that we have more than eleven players, we shall play rolling subs and everyone will get at least half a game.

We are also looking for a referee (names have been mentioned...) and maybe even linesmen ('assistant referees') if anyone's keen. Please get in touch with me if you are willing to help out!

After the match we expect to celebrate St Patrick's Day in an Irish-themed pub, or maybe just Wetherspoons, with a Justice-style post-match analysis. All are welcome, even if you haven't taken part in the match! (5 replies...)
JG, SK in Grazia this week by celebrity gossip - Wed 15th Nov 2006, 1:28pm
Off topic (feel free to blast the post web person), there is a human interest story featuring the an Eng graduating class smiling from the Neville's court steps this week. (2 replies...)
Garter by Martin P - Sun 29th Oct 2006, 9:16am
Is someone able to tell me who held the Garter last year please? (2 replies...)
Out-of-date email addresses by Bryn - Mon 4th Sep 2006, 1:38pm
The following email addresses are out-of-date and have been removed from If you have left the university but wish to remain on the list under a different email address, please contact

(3 replies...)
Mays pictures by Martin P - Sun 25th Jun 2006, 9:42pm
About half way through my stash of pictures from the Mays.... the rest will follow hopefully by the end of this week.

Favourites so far... are this and this. Special mention must also go to the 5th boats catches. Very photogenic! Sorry that not all crews are as well represented as the 5th VIII! Not only did they do more rowing than anyone else... but it is much much easier taking these in the early divisions with fewer bikes and people about.
Set Phasers to Buft by Simon - Mon 19th Jun 2006, 12:05pm
Just stumbled upon the Captains' meeting minutes - was starting to think that nothing has changed in 5 years when I saw the bit about the Mays being sponsored. And then I saw Paragraph 9... blimey. Managed to change a signifcant rule in bumps (i.e. we're not talking about the sandwich boat's white flag here) unanimously.
Just wondered what people thought. (26 replies...)
Seat cushions by Lwt jmg - Tue 30th May 2006, 11:43am
Does anyone know where I can get a good seat cushion to use during ergs? I used to have an awesome gel-based cushion which I used sculling and made life much more comfortable, but I left it ATBH when many years ago and never saw it again.

I'm as light as I've been for years right now, and I'm finding ergs an increasing struggle due to the pain in my @rse after 10mins sitting on the seat. Would be very grateful for any help on this one... (2 replies...)
Lose? by Simon - Sun 28th May 2006, 9:16am
I'm sure people reading this are playing The Game, and if so - sorry, but you lose. (16 replies...)
Robbie Williams fan club by Martin P - Thu 25th May 2006, 12:50pm
Does anyone know anyone who is a member of the Robbie Williams Fan Club? This is a serious request. Apparently there is an annual fee to join. Members can buy priority tickets to concerts and a friend (honest) is wanting tickets for a concert in Sydney (which go on sale on the 6th June)......

I appreciate this looks really odd, but genuine offers of assistance would be appreciated! Anyone? (1 replies...)
This term's results by Martin P - Mon 15th May 2006, 10:06pm
Does anyone know of (and can spot) any results from this term still missing? I've done a bit of a check through, added a few missing ones I noticed from the small boats regatta and tidied up a few loose ends. It's really great so many (almost all) results are getting put into this thing, but please try and get it done even when the races don't go as hoped.

Also added the usual college archives (sorry these are so late) for the Head of the Cam and the Head 2 Head.
CUCBC Flags by Bryn - Thu 20th Apr 2006, 9:15am
Why are the CUCBC flags funny colours now? In recent times we have had 'The flag is GDBO' and the 'The flag is Cambridge Blue'. Do these mean anything or is it a joke? (4 replies...)
Pump it up by Neil - Wed 5th Apr 2006, 3:08pm
According to ITV's commentary yesterday, Oxford had a pump in the boat while Cambridge didn't.

Could anyone with insider knowledge please confirm whether this is accurate, and if so, what this pump looks like and how it is fitted / operated? And was Cambridge's decision not to fit one tactical or was there some other reason? (18 replies...)
Who to support? by Rich - Sat 18th Mar 2006, 12:04am
The Tideway Slug reports that Cambridge race against Leander in a fixture this weekend. Normally the support for Cambridge would be unequivocal, but I also note that Leander is to be coxed by 1+3 alumnus Steph Richards. Maybe we could hope for a Cambridge victory, but made much closer because of Leander's steering? (3 replies...)
BumpIt by Simon - Wed 15th Mar 2006, 2:29pm
It's cool, well done people. Just alarmed that it apeared between midnight Saturday night and 7am Sunday morning - it's bad enought that I have to work over the weekend (and thus engage work avoidance tactics like looking at the website) - hope you managed to get some sleep! (50 replies...)
Watch varsity football! by From the Trinity football captain - Sun 26th Feb 2006, 12:02pm
The Varsity Football Match 2006 has been confirmed for April 2nd 2006, at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground at 1pm. That is three hours before the Boat Race starts on the river behind the ground. It should be a fantastic day in London for all Cambridge students, and the Football Club would appreciate your support. Tickets are £10 which gives you access to the newly re-developed Fulham village; a complex of bars, restaurants and cafes, match programme, Riverside Stand seating for the match and prime viewing space on the Riverside Terrace for the Goldie and Isis Race which is due to start at 4pm, and the 152nd University Boat Race, due to start at 4.35pm. For more information, see the links below. If you would like tickets, please contact Matt Ellis (mje35).

Cambridge website

Fulham website
Bop requests by DJ KSS - Tue 21st Feb 2006, 2:23pm
It's that time of year again - the bop will soon be here, along with all those classic bop tunes and classic dance moves from the bufties. All requests for songs, old and new, will be considered. Enjoy... (13 replies...)
Lottery funding by Moneybags - Thu 15th Dec 2005, 11:51am
This might be of interest to some of you:

The government are conducting a survey to determine how the lottery money spent on arts, heritage and sports should be split between these three areas. The link to the survey's on the right hand side.
Beeramids by Martin - Mon 10th Oct 2005, 5:27pm
Until now our infamous beeramid has been the largest example of such an erection to be found on the internet. However, after all these years our efforts have finally been outdone... (sent by an anonymous reader)

Incidentally, beeramid even has an entry in the Wikipedia. (7 replies...)
JL t-shirts by Erica - Tue 27th Sep 2005, 10:02pm
Has anyone else seen the JL t-shirts that say "ROW FOR PEDRO" on the front and "Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills... feathering skills... catching skills... jumpies skills" on the back?

See the JL page .

Two (or three) queries:

1. Why Pedro? Is this really random or am I missing something? Is it a quote?

2. What are jumpies?

(3. Should I buy one, for $15, or would this jinx my relationship?!?) (7 replies...)
Relative boat speeds by speedy gonzales - Tue 20th Sep 2005, 4:14pm
I was wondering if anyone knows of a reliable table comparing some kind of average boat speed/gold medal times, or anything really to give an idea of relative boat speeds across ALL the different classes. It's very hard to find any info on non-olympic classes, e.g coxed fours, and how they compare, speed wise to other boats. And/or can people offer opinions on this? Is a women's coxed four, for example going to be faster or slower than a women's pair? Women's eights and men's singles? (6 replies...)
Contacts by Andy - Wed 3rd Aug 2005, 3:07pm
I sent an email to the list this morning, and I haven't yet received it. Can anyone who is also a member of said list confirm that it isn't working please. Cheers. (17 replies...)
HRR qualifiers by Dubya - Sat 25th Jun 2005, 7:53am
Good luck, Tom! (and to the eight too if they are actually racing) (2 replies...)
Bow tie? by Martin - Thu 23rd Jun 2005, 10:31pm
Have discovered I have a spare FaT bow tie. Anyone currently rowing want one? Needs a little bit of a clean and perhaps an iron (can you iron silk?), but is essentially fit for purpose. (9 replies...)
Bumps videos by Martin - Wed 22nd Jun 2005, 4:04pm
I've archived a few videos from Fergus. At some point will work out where these things should really go, for now there are here:
1st men's practice start
2nd men
2nd men's practice start
Starting cannons
The Downing / FaT / Queens m1 sandwich
1st women's practice start (2 replies...)
Bumps Starts for W1, M2, M1 by Bryn - Tue 21st Jun 2005, 6:25pm
Marshalling opposite the Plough on Friday gave me the opportunity to take some videos of practice starts for the FaT crews in the top Mays divisions. They are here:


When I get some more webspace I might put up a video of the Arrows VIII for comedy value...
The Pia Caption Competition by Dan Newton - Sun 5th Jun 2005, 2:40pm
The photo

'No-one could quite believe it when Pia gave birth to what appeared to be nothing more than a bottle of water'
Website groups overload by Martin - Sat 4th Jun 2005, 11:59pm
There is a need to purge lots of old and unused groups from the website.

I've put together a list of groups I think we should ditch, can everyone let me know which of the following should be kept.

Some older members may object to some of these, but I reckon that many are used so infrequently now that it would be much better, for current members, to kind of start afresh...

Rowing groups
1st men's lent viii
1st men's novice viii 2004
2nd men's iv for city sprints
2nd men's lent viii
2nd men's novice viii
3rd men's lent viii
3rd men's novice viii
4th men's lent viii
4th men's novice viii
4th women's lent viii
5th men's lent viii
5th men's novice viii
6th men's lent viii squad
grad summer rowing
ladies squad (out of date)
lower boats - cardinals
men's lower boats (lent 2005)
novice coxes
novice men
summer squad 2004
women's 1st may viii (out of date)
women's 2nd may viii 2003
women's 2nd may viii 2004
women's first boat squad 2004
women's lent squad 2005
women's mays training camp 2005
women's mich squad 2004

Public groups
1st & 3rd croquet
1st & 3rd trinity cc
1st & 3rd trinity golf club
boathouse games
hayfever sufferers
michaelmas coxes
new town cinemas
non-abelian SU
scum haters
summer fun
summer rowing
tetris ladder
the posse
unsubscription error comments

Private groups
2nd may viii song
cucbc senior umpires
ed's unsavoury mailing list
gossip queens
jpd test group
kss discussion (only has 1 member)
law lords
lower boats files (what is this used for?)
new committee
novice coaches
temporary group
new test group
the fab four
the safe list
wet people
womens elite formal hall squad (out of date?) (13 replies...)
Tide Tables on the BBC by jmg - Fri 27th May 2005, 9:10am
In addition to the controversial new TV forecasts, the BBC seem to have made some quite positive changes to their weather website, including tide tables. Not being a regular on the tideway, I don't know whether this is well known and understood, but I wonder if anyone can explain reasonably simply why the shape of the curve changes so dramatically as you work your way downstream from 'Richmond' Lock to Kew, Hammersmith etc etc etc etc? Also, what effect if any does this have on the stream, particularly where on the curve would you expect the strongest stream? (4 replies...)
Cat n Buns graphic by Atlantic Rowers - Wed 25th May 2005, 8:51am
Does anyone have a good graphic of the cat n buns as it looks on the flag (not on as stitched on kit). Presumably when the new flag was made someone must have had something for that? Any idea what the official colours are for the blue and gold? (1 replies...)
Grand by Simon - Tue 24th May 2005, 7:37pm
I hear OUBC are entering the Grand... any chance of CUBC doing the same?
Novice Fairbairns Videos by Bryn - Tue 17th May 2005, 10:27pm
I know it's taken a while, but I've finally found out how to get some srcf user space and how to use it. Way back at the time of Novice Fairbairns I took some videos of all the crews and I've now added links to them on the results page. I hope all these links work!

If you want to see what your rowing was like a term ago you can have a look. I have to say that the videos aren't very good and that my newfound computer expertise (yes, that's right) doesn't extend to knowing a way of compressing them, so they're all around 10MB.

And just so that I can get extra practice with links, they're all here as well:

1st novice men's VIII
2nd novice men's VIII
3rd novice men's VIII
4th novice men's VIII

1st novice women's VIII
2nd novice women's VIII
3rd novice women's VIII

It's probably not worth it unless you have a fast connection (which I don't, so I haven't checked if any of this works...). (5 replies...)
Bumps pages by KSS - Fri 13th May 2005, 2:36pm
Is it at all possible to have the bumps pages play the Radio 1 'Top 40' tune on loop when people browse them? Or perhaps just when they are looking at the bumps tables? I think it would add a lot to the site. (2 replies...)
BUSA by Give us some competition!-jo - Tue 10th May 2005, 10:18pm
Hi everyone, was at BUSA last week competing in Novice (ARA novice) events and it struck me that your girls were way better than most of the crews we came up against, especially in the iv+ event. I was suprised that only a few crews from cambridge bothered entering (magdalene and CUW) especially since Durham entered a huuuuge amount of boats. How come so few college crews enter? Discuss. (20 replies...)
Book by AHLF - Sun 8th May 2005, 8:20pm
I'm sure I have seen a book at some point which I thought was by Denys Lawrence which includes all sorts of useful information about Boat Clubs including a chapter on captaincy. Does anyone else have any recollection of such a book, and if so, do you have any information about it? (3 replies...)
Where have all the photos gone? by Amelia - Wed 27th Apr 2005, 9:25pm
Lots of photos of happy smiling post-victory people have been taken this year. Not all of them have made it onto the message boards. Those of us without digital cameras of our own, and who have yet to pay Honey for JET prints, are starved of visual evidence of FaT dominance.

So all of you people out there with relevant boatie photos taking up space on your data sticks, please post them!!
Blades again by no voice - Sun 24th Apr 2005, 8:29am
Congratulations FaT women. Blades again at City of Oxford Bumps.

Death or glory (1 replies...)
London Marathon by mjb - Sat 23rd Apr 2005, 2:49pm
Were there any FaT/BPBC people in the London Marathon on Sunday, other than those listed below ?

So far, I've found times for
Dan Darley         2.54.49
Becca Downing      4.11.47

For Comparison ...
Sir Steve Redgrave 4.21.36
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Club money by just out of interest - Thu 14th Apr 2005, 1:14pm
Is it the whole comittee who decide what the moeny for the year's going to be spent on, or the overall captain/both captains?
Only because it occurs to me we are quite in need of some new boathouse equipment, ergs [of which 3 of which have some kind of fault/weirdness, four of which are pretty unusable] & sliders? And how about another [even secdon hand] scull [maybe one designed for slightly lighter people :)?] or just magpie being fixed. Oh, and some clams. They're approximately £2 each.. :)
And, further to a conversation I was having the other day, what about some women's croker blades? Also, wouldn't it be worth saving our money and investing in new men's/women's 8s [especially with the demise of bp3] rather than novice shells?
Hope this doesn't start too much of a fight, it is largely out of curiosity, just wondering what the thinking is behind our latest boat buying spree? (28 replies...)
The Committee by RTT - Fri 1st Apr 2005, 9:46am
Having read the forthcoming events info, I am amazed to discover that our Committee is organising nearly everything in the rowing world. Who would have thought that 1+3 ran the Head of the Nene? Or the Pembroke Regatta? Interestingly Guy appears to be kicking up his heels and leaving Simon Blackburn to organise the GoR again this year. What I want to know is, how do they manage? No wonder JW always seems to be awake into the small hours before early morning training!

Also, are they organising Henley this year, and if so
a) Will 1st Trinity get pre-qualified for the Grand as is traditional?
b) Can I get a Stewards pass? (8 replies...)
Boat Race times by Bryn - Mon 28th Mar 2005, 4:25pm
In the build-up to the race on ITV they said that the Boat Race was timed to take place when the stream was at its quickest. But the BBC website says that Goldie beat OUBC by 3s.

So at least one of these has messed up:
(i) ITV (for not knowing about tides)
(ii) the BBC (for not being able to time a boat race)
(iii) Robin Williams (for not being able to pick the fastest crew)
(iv) me (for missing something obvious)

Can someone in the know help me out? (2 replies...)
3rd Annual Pre-Boat Race Pub Crawl by mjb - Sat 26th Mar 2005, 10:31am
Sunday service on the trains, meant I arrived at Putney half an hour late, only to find out that the Duke's Head didn't open until 12 anyway.
The intrepid group of pub crawlers (Ingers, Graham, Bron, Sarah, me) contented themselves with watching some random boats do practice starts off stakeboats on the river next to us until the pub finally decided to open.
Lunch was taken at the Crabtree where Mr. Walker arrived for his habitual late start, followed by Anna and Tom.
A push along the Hammersmith bend saw us acquire various extra hangers-on, including Amelia, Catherine, Becca, Henners and Guy and we made it to Cygnet BC for the Blackburn Bonus Pint around 1730 before completing the course a little after 8pm. Back to Blackburn's for pizzas where Graham, perhaps realising he'd finished the pub crawl, promptly fell asleep.
Hopefully a fun time was had by all.
The justice by Long overdue - Fri 18th Mar 2005, 11:23pm
Is there going to be a Justice meeting this term? Or has there been one that has just passed me by in my post BCD haze? (14 replies...)
FaT Men for Headship by shocked by Caius - Thu 10th Mar 2005, 7:07pm
My Goodness! To help Lilie make up numbers (and finally resurrect my profile on the social scene) I went to formal with the Caius 1st Men last night. Most of them were decent folk, but their captain was pretty much the epitomy of arrogance and the recurring presentation of Headship medals unnecessary. (I apologise for failing the Mission Abduct Dave's Pride by the way.)

I suggest to whomever this may concern post Henley, to incorporate in the 1st Men's Lent training a formal swap with their Caius counterparts. There is so much to be said for a race rowed on pure hatred!
Plea for Pretty Photos by Rich/Dan - Thu 10th Mar 2005, 2:16pm
I'm looking for a photo or two of Cambridge rowing to put into a document that I'm writing. The criteria are:
- Must be taken by a club member (i.e. not Jet, so we can use it without copyright issues)
- Preferably showing people rowing well
- Preferably showing lots of crowds on the bank
- Preferably in summer

Can anybody help?

Separately, if anybody can find a photo thats shows off a company sponsoring one of the boat clubs (e.g. their name very obvious on a splashtop) then that would be fab too. (7 replies...)
Calling mathmo students by Dan - Wed 9th Mar 2005, 4:08pm
Erm, I used to be a mathmo student but sadly am no longer either a student, or any good at maths.
Can any of you give me an equation to link watts with 500m split on an erg (I guess put the split in seconds makes it easier). The concept site has data but no formula...
article=watts_conversion (6 replies...)
w horr vs bumps by jo - Tue 1st Mar 2005, 4:57pm
totally random i know but does anyone know if bumps end on same day as women's tideway? (12 replies...)
Anyone good with Photoshop? by Dan/Rich - Mon 28th Feb 2005, 2:17pm
We're looking for someone who can spare an hour or so and has access to paint/photo software to doctor a picture for us. I don't think this will take too long but neither of us have anything on our computers that will do this (and can't install new stuff at work). If you can help please drop me an email and I'll explain more...
Thanks (5 replies...)
BOP REQUESTS by KSS - Mon 28th Feb 2005, 1:50pm
Anyone got any NEW beats they want to feature in the JPD Lent Bop mix? Rupert will be there so the more we get, the less likely S-Club Juniors will be to appear.

As ever JPD and I will read your requests with interest and then totally disregard them in favour of our own tastes. (4 replies...)
Multicultural crews by Just wondering... - Fri 25th Feb 2005, 10:18am
I'm one of two home students in the 2nd Lent VIII, leaving seven overseas students and a total of six countries represented in the boat (or seven if you count Wales...). Has FaT ever produced such a mutlicultural boat before? (8 replies...)
Chris Harding by Martin - Wed 16th Feb 2005, 12:32pm
Anyone have a contact email address for Chris Harding? (1 replies...)
Bit of a test by Martin - Tue 8th Feb 2005, 3:33pm
Apologies for random posting - just trying out browsing & posting from my new phone. Seems we could be expanding the bumps coverage this year!

Incidentally, my new phone number is 07813 711665 and should be working... (1 replies...)
Women's 'VIIIs' by Bryn - Mon 7th Feb 2005, 3:34pm
Am I the only one surprised by the number of people in all but the 1st women's VIIIs?
CUBC Technique by jo - Tue 14th Dec 2004, 10:38am
I am living under the cloud of DREADFUL technique at uea so i went to have a look at the CUBC technique page that was so good in getting wolfson into shape....and i can't find it! has it disappeared from the cucbc pages forever or is this temporary? Has anyone got any links to other resources similar? its only 4 and a bit months to BUSA!
cheers guys (3 replies...)
Crossing over by Lilie - Sun 5th Dec 2004, 10:38pm
After nearly being crashed into by a city VIII at the cross over point [well ok it wasn't that close but it could have been!] Can I just ask - why? Why, at an arbitrary point in the river do we have switch sides? Seems a bit odd.. and dangerous, to me. (2 replies...)
Bop Requests by jpd - Wed 1st Dec 2004, 11:29am
No S Club Juniors please. (18 replies...)
T-Shirts by Becca - Sun 31st Oct 2004, 1:09pm
This is primarily for the benefit of Tom and John, and relates to a conversation about t-shirt slogans that we had several yrs ago...:
I'm currently rowing with a girl from Oriel. They did come up with the t-shirt slogan: 'L'Oriel, because we're worth it'
ARA library by Simon - Fri 27th Aug 2004, 12:31am
The ARA has copies of old British Rowing Almanacks available for people to look at in Hammersmith. Some of the older ones (e.g. early 1900s) have detailed descriptions of races at Henley and on the Cam involving Trinity boats. If anyone in the club is keen enough to come and look through these and get information (e.g. for this website) then let me know and I shall try to arrange something.
strokesider (female) for S4 eight by Sarah - Mon 9th Aug 2004, 10:26am

I'm currently coaching and coxing the Mortlake intermediate squad. We are going to Stourport Regatta this weekend, but one of the girls is ill so won't be able to come.
the main problem is the eight - on saturday we have a straight final (non-qualifying) at 3.50pm
so is there ANYBODY out there that knows a female with less than 4 points who could help us out?
we could probably manage if you are a bowsider as we have someone who can swap.
Stourport is just south of Birmingham, we could probably pick up someone anywhere en route from SW london

please email me asap if you can help? (3 replies...)
2nd VIII clip by ipe - Wed 30th Jun 2004, 3:24pm
I've put up a video clip of the 2nd Men's VIII doing a practice start, taken by Chris Stone during the May bumps.

It's a 7.3mb mpg file, here (1 replies...)
LARD Top Tens for the year by Lard Man - Thu 17th Jun 2004, 3:46pm
Here we have Top 10 users in the fields of LARD, Items and Lard per Item coefficient


    Name Lard Items Coeff
 1. djh  4680  231   20.3   LARDiest Man, Best Coefficient
 2. cm   3880  430    9.0
 3. jpd  3211  621    5.2   LARDiest Triallist, Most Items
 4. tdc  2996  364    8.2
 5. ccsi 2515  491    5.1
 6. mjb  2460  578    4.3
 7. rb   2402  243    9.9
 8. wat  2254  221   10.2
 9. amd  2212  306    7.2   LARDiest Woman
10. twr  2155  253    8.5   LARDiest Bufty
17. accw 1393  178    7.8   LARDiest Cox


    Name Lard Items Coeff
 1. jpd  3211  621    5.2   LARDiest Triallist, Most Items
 2. mjb  2460  578    4.3
 3. ccsi 2515  491    5.1
 4. agrs 1522  476    3.2
 5. cm   3880  430    9.0
 6. tdc  2996  364    8.2
 7. arr  1344  322    4.2
 8. amd  2212  306    7.2   LARDiest Woman
 9. egh  1638  285    5.7
10. js   1806  266    6.8
11. twr  2155  253    8.5   LARDiest Bufty
13. djh  4680  231   20.3   LARDiest Man, Best Coefficient
19. accw 1393  178    7.8   LARDiest Cox

Coefficient (min. 20 items)

    Name Lard Items Coeff
 1. djh  4680  231   20.3   LARDiest Man, Best Coefficient
 2. hsc  1318   82   16.1
 3. wgk  1689  107   15.8
 4. jwg   987   66   15.0
 5. jwe  1968  142   13.9
 6. riap  601   46   13.1
 7. elt   413   32   12.9
 8. ctmn  623   53   11.8
 9. jl   1064   92   11.6
10. df    371   35   10.6
27. twr  2155  235    8.5   LARDiest Bufty
34. accw 1393  178    7.8   LARDiest Cox
42. amd  2212  306    7.2   LARDiest Woman
53. jpd  3211  621    5.2   LARDiest Triallist
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May Term Lard by The Lardmeister - Wed 16th Jun 2004, 4:41pm
A new term, and a new LARD competition.
Here's the Lard Standings for the term so far ... :o)
Name  Lard  Items
djh   634    22
rb    298    24
hsc   260    15
ccsi  218    36
jpd   201    17
tdc   159    26
gm    150    12
aml   141    16
arr   137    20
jwe   126     6
js    123    17
wat   109     8
acl    91    11
amd    86    17
agrs   81    10
cema   73    11
rjm    64    11
djtn   62     7
cm     57    12
ad     57    15
twr    56    12
mjb    55    24
pjh    49    10
mhs    48     5
elt    46     7
djb    35     8
sat    34    20
bjg    32     4
wgk    30     5
riap   29     2
hd     24     3
kn     23     1
jl     21     2
sjc    18     4
dw     18    12
jwg    17     2
dn     15     2
csd    12     3
mw     12    14
pks     8    13
rhd     6     1
cc      6     2
epp     6     5
rka     6    32
tf      3     3
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The Stomp by Anna - Tue 15th Jun 2004, 12:59pm
The Stomp, come to it. Please. I know it means getting up early but you can go back to bed and it's really poor that we're outnumbered by a bunch of tree hugging muppets when there's so many of us.

Tomorrow and Saturday are our chances to make it up so get your arses out of bed and get stomping.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen and GOOD LUCK to all our crews today. (19 replies...)
Camera Found by Martin - Mon 14th Jun 2004, 10:26am
My camera is found. Thank you to everyone who expressed pity or helped to track it down.

It was safely stowed away in a top secret location in Great Court. :-)
drunk lbc SAYS... by glass vandal - Sat 12th Jun 2004, 9:23pm
Mr Law is a legend.
Those of you who didnt see my pink shoes, study the photos. they are legendary.
What a good dinner. nuff sed.

thanks to hattie for dealing with mich-term-me
drunk lbc SAYS... by glass vandal - Sat 12th Jun 2004, 9:21pm
Mr Law is a legend.
Those of you who didnt see my pink shoes, study the photos. they are legendary.
What a good dinner. nuff sed

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