Senior Women’s Annual Report 2013/14

Written by Senior Women’s Captain Lucy Iball

The Women's First VIII winning at Durham Regatta
The Women’s First VIII winning at Durham Regatta

The Senior Women’s Squad have had a very successful regatta season – the first regatta was BUCS Regatta. Tabitha Serle, Claire Adams and Kiera Rosenwold represented the University in the Women’s Senate Boat in WInt8+ – they came an impressive 17th out of 29 universities entered. Our Women’s Captain, Lucy Iball, was in the gold medal winning women’s lightweight 8+.

For SCSBC as a club, it all started with Durham City Regatta. The 1st VIII raced WIM3 8+ (Rosi Jelfs, Jessica Wood, Charlie Denney, Jas Tredget, Kiera Rosenwold, Claire Adams, Lucy Iball, Tabitha Serle & Mike Foulkes) and won their first round against a North East composite, then lost out to a strong Yarm School crew who went on to win the category. The WNOV 4+ of Lydia Backhaus, Caitlin Gibb, Anna Green, Caitlin Helmers & Mike Foulkes also put up a strong fight, winning their initial rounds until the weather took it’s turn for the worst during their semi-final, which resulted in them being set off not straight – however they caught up and in the end only lost by a small margin.

Hexham Regatta was a successful one for the club. First up was the WNOV 4x+ (coxed quad of Fiona Hardyman, Jas Tredget, Lucy Iball, Tabitha Serle & Alice Mathews) who got through to the final in the morning. The WNOV2x of Kiera Rosenwold and Rosi Jelfs also took to the water, showing our strength does not only lie in sweep rowing! In Division 2 the WIM3 4+ of Rosi Jelfs, Claire Adams, Lucy Iball, Tabitha Serle & Mike Foulkes won their first round, and then lost out to the eventual winners of that category by a small margin. A number of the senior women also raced in mixed boats, both of which won their respective categories. In the final division, it was two WINS for the WIM3 8+ and WNOV 4+ – which resulted in 8 people between the two boats de-novicing – it was a great way to end the day!

Durham Regatta proved to be a very good weekend of exciting racing. The 1st VIII raced in WIM3 8+ on both days of the regatta, unfortunately both times loosing to the crew that went on to win the category. They put in some fantastic racing, causing both York University and Durham University crews that were going to Women’s Henley to work hard for their wins. In addition, we also had a women’s elite college four racing – who lost to Castle by a length over the 1,800m long course, and a WIM3 4+ (after de-novicing at Hexham) racing. Kiera Rosenwold rowed in a Senate Boat and won the WIM3 4+ category on the Sunday.

After Durham Regatta was Admiral’s Regatta – Durham College Rowing’s very own regatta! We won the women’s Senior 8+ category, along with Mixed 8+ (Rosi Jelfs, Jessica Wood, Lucy Iball & Tabitha Serle), the mixed 4+ (Anna Green & Jas Tredget) also made it to the final. This day also included the annual Hill vs Bailey boat race – both Jessica Wood and Lucy Iball featured in the women’s bailey boat who beat the Hill boat by a substational amount showing the dominance of the Bailey colleges in women’s rowing this year.

The final regatta of the year was York Summer Regatta – of which just the WIM3 8+ attended. We beat a Sheffield City crew in the first round, and then lost out to Hatfield College in the final, however it was an exciting race to end the season on.

Overall it has been a very successful season for the Senior Women’s squad this year. I’ve been proud to captain such a great group of rowers, and have now officially handed over the role of Women’s Captain to Tabitha Serle. If there is anyone who is planning on coming to row or cox for SCSBC Women’s Squad next year feel free to contact her at to find out more information!

Lucy Iball

The Women's 1st VIII racing against DUBC at Durham Regatta
The Women’s 1st VIII racing against DUBC at Durham Regatta
The Mixed VIII racing at Admirals Regatta
The Mixed VIII racing at Admirals Regatta

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