For ICBC, the New Year brings one of the most brutal post-Christmas training camps imaginable, culminating in Quintin Head a couple of weeks after. IC have had a strong showing at this event over the past couple of years and this year was no exception, with fastest women’s crew of the day as well as being thoroughly robbed of the novice pennant.
The build up to the race for the men’s 8s had seen the standard rivalry that occurs every year between the student and non student crews. The nonstudents had appeared to have the edge during training with super-sub Helen Wood in the crew, so the heat was on ‘Dildo’ Dave Loveday to continue the trend in to the race. However, it wasn’t to be and the students edged out the nonstudents by 4 seconds, finishing 4th (2nd senior) and 5th (3rd elite) overall respectively. Rumours of Dave’s seat mysteriously vibrating throughout the race are yet to be confirmed. IC also fielded an IM1 8 with big Josh Butler coming out of retirement once again, finishing 20th overall (4th IM1).