Several lucky CUWBC alumni recently had the chance to take part in an international rowing event in Morocco. The Moroccan Rowing Federation, in cooperation with the British Embassy, for the second year running, organised Masters Rowing 2019 in the country’s capital Rabat on the Bouregreg River over the weekend of 27/28 April. This event was an incredible opportunity to develop and foster relationships between the UK and Morocco with athletes from the Moroccan National team competing as well as five OULBC alumni and five CUBC alumni taking part. The competition saw great rivalry between the different teams in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The team managed a great win for Anna Van Leemputten (BB Squad 1992) in the W1x with a 2nd place for Valentina Futoryanova (Lwt ’14, BL ‘15) in one of the best races of the weekend. This success was followed by a well paced win in the W2x for Emily Scott (BL ‘04) and Myriam Goudet-Boukhatmi (BB ’16, ’17, ‘18). On the Men’s side however, the Moroccan team dominated the racing which featured some of our colleagues from both Oxford and Cambridge racing in sculls for the first time. The final race of the competition for the alumni was a fiercely-fought race between two Cambridge mixed crews.
The athletes felt incredibly privileged to have been part of this event and they were extremely spoiled by a very warm and generous welcome. A reception was held by the Moroccan Rowing Federation on the Saturday evening which showcased the best of what Morocco has to offer: traditional dances, incredible dishes and friendship. This fabulous weekend culminated in a guided tour of Rabat led by the British Ambassador himself. For all those athletes who attended, this weekend was exceptional in every way.