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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

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