Every year ICBC men’s squad (and occasionally the ladies when it doesn’t coincide with WeHORR) make a pilgrimage to Amsterdam to take on the Heineken Roeivierkamp. I have absolutely no idea what this actually means but the race is over 2 days and comprises a 2.5k and 250m race on day 1 and a 750m and 5k race on day 2. Each crew’s average 250m split is taken for each race and combined to give an overall score, and the crew with the lowest score crowned the winners. It has taken me four years to actually work all of that out (I have definitely worked this out after 4 years and did not just copy Rozza’s article from last year). This year was made all the more competitive with the presence of two 8s from local rivals UL to take on the 1st student and non-student 8s, as well as a Swiss national team 8 containing Switzerland’s Tom Daley equivalent and IC groupie, Barnabé Delarze.
After a long 8 hour journey in 3 separate buses, everyone settled in to the ever classy accommodation. Unfortunately, a blow was immediately dealt to the 1st 8 as big dog 3-time Henley winner Andy Halls wandered in to the room wandering what the best way to clean his vomit up out of the floor, toilet and sink was.
However, all was not lost as Dutch super sub Dutch breh Greenio* stepped up to fill big Andy’s big shoes. Racing kicked off with the 2.5k, with the 1st student 8 crushing UL 1 by 0.1 seconds and the non-student 8 tearing UL2 a new one by 9.6 seconds, placing them 7th (07:31.0) and 4th (07:42.0) in their respective categories. In the first of a series of unfortunate events for the 2nd student 8, Sam Hewgill showed why he earned this year’s Golden Bucket award, catching a boat stopping crab putting them 12th overall (08:11.5).
ALLEZ LES BLEUS! Student 2nd 8 bring it home