Thirty seven rowers, five coxes and three coaches set off at the crack of dawn for Kingston with a flotilla of eights, fours, singles and doubles, ready for a days racing.
This year, with a slightly new format for development squad, we decided to enter two fours, three eights and then a further two scratch fours made up of people who had spent the week learning to scull. With only a week training together in these crews, and three weeks together as a squad, we were a little apprehensive about how it would go.
The morning division started the day well, with two Cambridge-Cambridge finals in IM3 fours and novice fours, all winning their heats and semi-finals with ease. We also saw two of our girls enter their first sculling race in a double, with only two weeks sculling experience and coming second in a three person heat.
The afternoon continued the trend, novice eights ended in yet another Cambridge-Cambridge final, the IM3 eight came second in a three person final and Lizzie won novice singles comfortably, despite being warned by the umpire “Cambridge, the river is straight”.
So, a successful day! We left with twenty pots and the Victor Ludorum trophy for being the most successful club at the regatta, we just wish they had more categories for us to enter so we didn’t have to race against our own crews.
A good start to another year with CUWBC, bring on Molesey Regatta next week!
Summary of results: Victor Ludorum: CUWBC Novice eights: won by CUWBC, in a CUWBC vs CUWBC final IM3 eights: second in three boat final Novice fours: won by CUWBC in a CUWBC vs CUWBC final IM3 fours: won by CUWBC in a CUWBC vs CUWBC final Novice singles: won by CUWBC Novice doubles: second in a three boat heat