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    What's this boatie thing I read so much about?

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    Boatie = anyone who does rowing

    Stereotypical boatie = very posh person who does rowing, is up their own arse and says 'rah' a lot

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    (Original post by MadNatSci)
    Boatie = anyone who does rowing

    Stereotypical boatie = very posh person who does rowing, is up their own arse and says 'rah' a lot

    Oh right. Ok, cool thanks.
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    (Original post by MadNatSci)
    Boatie = anyone who does rowing

    Stereotypical boatie = very posh person who does rowing, is up their own arse and says 'rah' a lot


    that is one stereotype that isn't even true for most of the time, unlike other stereotypes... :mad:

    also, strictly speaking, boaties are those that are rather keen (read obsessed, for those feeling unkind ) about rowing, rather than just any old person that has been out in a boat before.

    and despite that oh-so-sour smell radiating from the banks and the biting comments that come wafting along with it , i seriously recommend at least giving it a shot before saying rowing's not your thing...
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    I always thought what really distinguishes boaties from people who just like to row is that they go for the boatie lifestyle.

    i.e. They row about 6 times a week and go to about 2 boatie formals a week where they get completely hammered. Also normally only have time to associate with the other boaties and hence get clumped by non-boaties.

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    (Original post by GeorgeYianni)
    I always thought what really distinguishes boaties from people who just like to row is that they go for the boatie lifestyle.

    i.e. They row about 6 times a week and go to about 2 boatie formals a week where they get completely hammered. Also normally only have time to associate with the other boaties and hence get clumped by non-boaties.
    Yes - it's less the posh rah thing, more the completely obsessed with rowing to the extent they do and talk about nothing else, often to the detriment of their degree.

    Plus they go to formals with other boaties, pull other boaties, and generally spend their life living rowing. Often to be seen in splashtops in lectures.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Yes - it's less the posh rah thing, more the completely obsessed with rowing to the extent they do and talk about nothing else, often to the detriment of their degree.

    Plus they go to formals with other boaties, pull other boaties, and generally spend their life living rowing. Often to be seen in splashtops in lectures.

    hmm... often to the detriment of their degree... i do know of a particular john's boatie medic who did quite well for himself... but seriously, judging from my own college, boatie medics are usually rather extreme - either first, or third, for the tripos. rarely do they get 2:1s or 2:2s... oh, and there are unconfirmed reports that 3 of 4 engineer boaties from my year in college got 1sts too, including 2 top 10 finishes... :eek:

    erm... can't argue with the "living rowing" thing. tbh, it's worse if you're a boatie medic - you either talk about rowing, or about cutting dead people... :rolleyes: damn, i just got myself a splashtop and was planning on wearing it to lectures next year...
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    (Original post by KHL)
    hmm... often to the detriment of their degree... i do know of a particular john's boatie medic who did quite well for himself... but seriously, judging from my own college, boatie medics are usually rather extreme - either first, or third, for the tripos. rarely do they get 2:1s or 2:2s... oh, and there are unconfirmed reports that 3 of 4 engineer boaties from my year in college got 1sts too, including 2 top 10 finishes... :eek:
    Yes, but he stopped rowing for Easter term!

    I'm not sure too much about the detriment of their degree, but that almost certainly happens at university level. None of our boaties got Firsts, though I don't know what they did get. I don't know about the non-medics either, though we don't have many first boaters in our year. Oh well. If I do it, I won't do it to the extent that I don't work.

    And boatie medics are a terrifying thing. Must work on social skills
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    I met up with an old friend last night at her 18th birthday, she's off to Oxford to do English next year! Later on in the evening, she quite drunkenly challenged me to a rowing contest before I go...which I accepted! I have never rowed before (well not unless you count the kiddy boats at Llanyravon boating lake ie. small smelly local pond!) but I will do my best!

    It's all quite exciting, we've agreed to swap scarfs and attend formal eating events, in the most cheesy way possible! Our old head teacher must be exploding with joy, more than one off to Oxbridge; new record I think!
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    pull other boaties,
    sometimes they try & outbreed.. gene pool depletion makes it a necessity presumably

    though the dedication of a true 'boatie' may give others around them the inclination to give it a go to see what all the fuss is about!

    i think 'rah boaties' are generally more boatie hangers on.. who emerge in the summer terms, to drink pimms at the boaties & sometimes fail to pick up eligible boaties.

    i have been studying a specimen.. for educational reasons..ahem.
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    i think you'll find that boatie hangers on are known as "blue tacks" (where the boatie rows for the uni that is) witty eh?!
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    (Original post by nez_the_vet)
    i think you'll find that boatie hangers on are known as "blue tacks" (where the boatie rows for the uni that is) witty eh?!
    :rolleyes: LOL!

    (Original post by Helenia)
    Yes, but he stopped rowing for Easter term!
    hmm... that still leaves mich and lent... anyway, aside from revision, i doubt most people had much of a life during easter... river was AMAZINGLY quiet - there were absolutely no jams, and a maximum of 5 or 6 crews who were rowing past at peak morning hours until the exams ended!!!
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    (Original post by Elles)
    sometimes they try & outbreed.. gene pool depletion makes it a necessity presumably
    Would you like to wave your 1st boat man in front of us any more? We can't all have such nice specimens as you - some of us can't manage anything, boatie or not. And I'm sure anatomy revision was useful.

    I've heard the blue tack thing as well, I have to say I quite like it
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    lol @ blue tack..shall remember that!

    (Original post by Helenia)
    Would you like to wave your 1st boat man in front of us any more? We can't all have such nice specimens as you - some of us can't manage anything, boatie or not. And I'm sure anatomy revision was useful.
    *sheepish* sorry..

    it's obviously a problem with those unworthy Tab men! :rolleyes:

    wait, i fear i'm in the wrong forum to be saying this.. *daubs some camouflage paint*
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    (Original post by Elles)
    lol @ blue tack..shall remember that!
    Hehe, if your boatie gets much better (is he going for blues?) then you'll become one, my dear

    it's obviously a problem with those unworthy Tab men! :rolleyes:

    wait, i fear i'm in the wrong forum to be saying this.. *daubs some camouflage paint
    Yes, it's all their fault, nothing to do with me. :rolleyes: Stupid men, stupid stupid men. We hates them.

    Here, have some nice light blue paint
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Yes, it's all their fault, nothing to do with me. :rolleyes: Stupid men, stupid stupid men. We hates them.
    OI! no precious, still no sourpuss!

    anyway, if you stick with it, you'd be amazed at your improvement in fitness over the year, even if you don't get too involved and remain in the lower boats, like me! (admittedly because i wasn't good enough in the first place to get a place in a higher boat - working on it though!)

    seriously, give it a try! i might even get to say hi on the river as i cruise past in the cox's seat (novicing again this year )
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    (Original post by KHL)
    seriously, give it a try! i might even get to say hi on the river as i cruise past in the cox's seat (novicing again this year )
    We shall see. I will be the one red-faced and dying.
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    "Boatie" refers to college "have-a-go" rowers, who normally aren't very good. There is a clear distinction between your common muck boatie and your average university oarsman; I mean, who in their right mind would call RBT a boatie...
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    Mmmm, is there a "grab-a-boat" service which isn't designed for racing, in which you can take a little paddle down the river with your friends?
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    You mean punting?
 
 
 
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