Last competition before Henley

For our final sparring event before the Henley Boat Races, all three crews set off very early on Sunday morning for the home of the GB Rowing Team at Caversham. Despite being used to early starts for weekday training, an alarm starting with the number four is never welcome. However, after a couple of hours napping in the minibus, the squad arrived at the lake rested, slightly in awe of the endless racks of Empachers and pictures of successful Olympians gracing the walls of the Boathouse, but keen to get out on the water to race.

Ten of the UK’s top university and club crews had been invited to the day, including three crews from Durham, Newcastle University (fresh from their win at the WEHoRR the day before), Molesey BC, University of London and a GB Junior/U23 composite crew.

The racing started with heats, leading to A, B and C finals. This gave the crews the opportunity to practice and refine their 2k race plans while racing side by side in lanes. Some exciting battles took place, with some close outcomes, in the challenging conditions: a strong tail wind sweeping down the course resulted in very choppy waters.

All three Cambridge crews found the racing very useful and came away with areas to refine and adapt over the next week in final preparation to racing Oxford in Henley. With less than two weeks of training left until the boat races, the squad will be out in Ely for the final few sessions before moving to Henley this Friday ready for race week.