In two races which continued Cambridge’s clean sweep this week against Oxford, the Club’s Veteran Crews comprehensively defeated their Dark Blue foes. Athletes from the Club’s legacy men’s, women’s, and lightweight crews, along with alumni Anna Watkins and David Dix raced from the University Stone to Furnivall Steps.
Determined to revenge themselves of the loss against Oxford last year, Cambridge’s Women’s crew drew the unfavoured Surrey side, putting them at a disadvantage in this shorter race which favours the Middlesex station. With a crew including Olympic medallists Sarah Winckless, Cath Bishop and Anna Watkins, Cambridge were not deterred by the station or the conditions.
Oxford’s faster start kept them in the lead until Thames, but the class of the Cambridge boat started to tell, and they had by Barn Elms pulled to clear water although on the outside of the Fulham bend. Not content with this, the Cambridge crew pushed ahead on Crabtree Reach and shot Hammersmith Bridge 4 lengths ahead, recording a fifteen second victory by the finish line.
No pressure, then, for the Men’s Crew.
The recently formed crew, including Olympians Rod Chisholm, Tom Middleton, and Henry Fieldman along with Australian Rugby International and Blue David Dix, were undeterred by the choppy conditions that battered their competitors, Fred Gill’s stroking under-rated Ante Kusurin in the Oxford Boat, and the Cambridge men had taken clear water by the Black Buoy and pushed away for the rest of the Race, extending their lead to a thumping 15 second victory.
Cambridge’s 2003 crew sealed the day in a shortened re-run of the famous 1-foot defeat against Oxford, racing from the Stone to the Black Buoy and taking a half length win against the 2003 OU boat, less their coxswain Acer Nethercott, who was remembered with fondness by all racing yesterday.