CUWBC were recently invited to form a Quadruple Scull to race at the ‘Deutsche Hochschulmeisterschaften’, the German equivalent of BUSA, in Hamburg. Despite the regatta taking place very close to the exam period, four intrepid scullers; Emma Mitchell, Claudia Kunze, Lilie Weaver and Claire Hansell, managed an outing or two before leaving and travelled with their Oxford counterparts to Germany.
The racing was over just 1000m, and CUWBC managed a very respectable second place, one length behind a crew from Berlin. More satisfying was the margin of victory over the Oxford crew who came fourth, as the Cambridge girls took lengths off them at the start and never looked back.
There was also an eights race, where Cambridge were combined with four girls from Hamburg and a German-speaking cox. Although faced with a language barrier and a bow-loaded, wooden eight (nicknamed ‘Mr Softie’ due to the slightly unnerving bend in the middle), CUWBC/Hamburg fought hard and ended up three quarters of a length down on the Oxford crew.
The Cambridge girls were also privileged to have an outing on the Alster (the lake in Hamburg’s city centre), which provided some amazing views of the city and waterfront, and was an unforgettable experience.
Thanks to Mr Fishlock of Oxford for organising our trip, and to Jörg Förster and staff of Hochschulsport Hamburg for both inviting us and providing us with all our equipment.