Captain of Boats Introduction – 2021/22

Andreas Bedorf - Captain of Boats 2021/2022
Andreas Bedorf – Captain of Boats 2021/2022

Hi! I’m Andreas, a final(ish)-year PhD student in Biological Anthropology and I’m excited to have been re-elected for my second term as Captain of Boats for DCBC. The last year has been a challenging one in many regards with long periods without any rowing and us missing out on our beloved bumps events. I will put all my energy into steering the club through a 2021/2022 season that will be, hopefully, filled with fewer surprises and more time on the water!

If have made my first steps into rowing before coming to Cambridge. Back in Germany, I ‘enjoyed’ a gruesome term full of painful outings in an 8x+ on a busy river with barely any coaching but very hurting hands. I made the decision that rowing was definitely not for me. In fact, when I arrived in Cambridge in 2016, I was looking forward to playing football, handball, maybe learning a new sport, but pigs would fly before I’d ever start rowing again.

Fast forward to me jumping onto my second term of Captain of Boats for one of the most intense and prestigious boat clubs on the river is testament to the character of DCBC.

M2 Mays 2016
M2 – Mays, 2016

 I was overwhelmed by the openness, friendliness, and support I was greeted with when I joined the club for the Mays 2016 campaign. The outstanding coaching of our boatman Ian Watson and club legend Leo Judd whipped me into shape in a record time to jump straight into M2, and the community and crazy bunch of characters dragged me in from day one.

Since then, I have experienced all the highs and lows that unique sport has to offer. From making my first bump in M2 and stepping up into the first boat the following year, to winning races in and around Cambridge with a Uni IVs medal as highlight in 2018. But also living through crushing defeats and probably the worst one when losing out on a Lents Headship due to a broken rudder…

M1 Lent 2020
M1 – Lent Bumps, 2020 (Photo Credit – Martin Bond)

Last year, despite missing out on most of the season due to lockdowns and a cancelled Lent term, has been a promising one for the club. Some very exciting talent took on the challenge to step up quicker than they probably expected. Each of them pulled their weight and I am proud about how far our crews got. With both first boats only losing out to the eventual winners of the Eights Regatta, M2 showing promising results for the years to come, and W2 becoming the fastest second boat on the river, there is a lot to look forward to for the 2021/2022 season!

Through all my time, from my start as a Novice to the midst of a pandemic, DCBC has proven itself to consist of the most inclusive and simply awesome bunch of people I ever met. My aim as Captain is to further strengthen and promote all that makes this club so unique to me and everyone in it.

M1 Lent 2017
M1 – Lent Bumps, 2017

Having been Tribal Chieftain, I know how important the social side to rowing and pushing yourself on the erg can be. Whether it’s an evening with the boys devouring our weight in food or celebrating the whole rowing year at Tribal BBQ. As Captain, it is my duty to make everyone enjoy their time at DCBC in all its facets. That way, people will leave knowing that they have formed friendships that can last a lifetime. It is, therefore, no surprise that DCBC enjoys the support of so many generous alumni, the Segreants, who make everything we do every day, and every success we can celebrate possible.

M1 Lent 2019
M1 – Lent Bumps, 2019

The year ahead is a fresh start. Lots of people around Cambridge do not know what a full rowing season has to offer but with you joining DCBC, you will be part of one of the most exciting Cambridge traditions. We will take it week by week to try and plan ahead as well as possible to make sure everyone is safe and has a great experience at the same time. This is a monumental task and I am honoured to be able to work with such an enthusiastic committee ready to tackle everything in our way. I have no doubt that DCBC will bounce back from the past crisis stronger and more committed than ever, and I can’t wait to see our boats smashing Fairbairn’s, Bumps, and all the other races. I am especially excited to go back to Spain for our January training camp, something we have missed dearly!

Let’s paint the river magenta!

Feroces ad mortem

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