CUBC wins University 8s and WeHORR and races Leander and races fixtures against Leander Club and London Rowing Club.

In their final hitout before the Boat Races and the weekend before Crew Announcements, CUBC’s Women’s A crew took to the Thames for Women’s 8s Head of the River on Saturday

Coach Paddy Ryan noted to a solid hitout for his crew against GB squad athletes and other top UK and University Crews as the CUBC Women’s A crew won the Open University Pennant.

In a confidence-building encounter, CUBC’s women’s crew executed their race plan and maintained their rhythm under race pressure, an encouraging sign with the Boat Races just 20 days away.

CoxHannah MurphyGirton
StrokeMegan LeeLucy Cavendish
7Carina GrafEmmanuel
6Jenna ArmstrongJesus
5Iris PowellChurchill
4Carys EarlGonville and Caius
3Clare HoleSt. Catharine’s
2Jo MatthewsSt. John’s
BowGemma KingSt. John’s

Sunday 10th March

CUBC’s Men’s Openweight crews raced Leander, whilst the Lightweight Crew faced up to London Rowing Club “A”, fresh from a win in the Bousted Cup, dethroning Thames RC for the first time in 10 years.

CUBC Men’s “A” vs. Leander Club: 1257

CoxEd BraceyWolfson
StrokeMatt EdgeSt. Catharine’s
7Luca FerraroKing’s
6Noam MouelleHughes Hall
5Seb BenzecryJesus
4Tom LynchHughes Hall
3Thomas MarshSt. John’s
2Gus JohnWolfson
BowKenny CoplanHughes Hall

The OM A crew faced a strong Leander crew in two pieces.

Off the first start, the Leander crew utilised the initial Middlesex bend to stretch out a 3/4 length lead just after Craven Cottage. Passing the Mile Post CUBC’s rhythm helped them inch ahead of Leander. At Harrod’s, CUBC rowed through Leander on the inside of the bend and the crews were level past St Paul’s. CUBC drew out to a 2-seat lead approaching the Eyot, but Leander finished fast down the island and took the lead. However, as Leander began to tire, CUBC moved level, and as the piece was called down the crews were even. In the second piece, CUBC gained a couple of seats off the start, but Leander walked through and out to half a length lead by Barnes. Through Barnes Bridge, Leander opened up an unassailable lead, and despite a late charge from CUBC, Leander finished 1 1/2L up.

CUBC Men’s Lightweights vs. London Rowing Club “A”: 1230

CoxBen HardingQueens’
StrokeLewis GraySt. Catharine’s
7Thomas HeppelSt. Catharine’s
6Freddie MarkandayMagdalene
5Ben JonesMagdalene
4Harry FieldhouseSt. John’s
3Gianluca VartanHomerton
2Sam TaylorClare
BowEmile CzernuszkaHomerton

The Lightweight Men took on London Rowing Club ‘A’ over two pieces, with Cambridge on the Middlesex station for both. The first piece, from the Boat Race start to Hammersmith Bridge, saw Cambridge push out to a 1/2 length advantage past Craven Cottage and towards the Mile. LRC then fought back past Harrods, going under Hammersmith Bridge 1 1/2 lengths up. In the second piece, from the Blue Doors to Barnes Bridge, LRC pushed out early and built a 3L advantage, holding this into Barnes Bridge.

CUBC Men’s “B” vs Leander Club: 1245

CoxJake IntraterWolfson
StrokeOrlando MorleyGirton
7Brett TaylorQueens’
6Martin AmethierPeterhouse
5Joe TravisJesus
4Cameron MacKenzieChurchill
3Dane HalkiwJesus
2Sean HayesJesus
BowJoe HoleySt. Catharine’s

CUBC’s B crew raced on Surrey against an experienced Leander ‘B’ for two pieces.

Leander had the quicker start in the first piece, but CUBC ‘B’ settled onto a faster rhythm and quickly moved a few seats ahead. An equipment failure just after Craven Cottage forced a level restart. CUBC pulled ahead again on the second start, but struggled to regain their composure and were victorious by just over 1/4L to the end of the Eyot. The two crews were level off the start of the second piece, but came together after around 30 seconds. Leander fared better in the clash, winning a slight lead which they extended to around 3/4L by Barnes Bridge. Rowing around the outside of the final bend, CUBC were able to counter Leander’s advantage of the inside of the bend, and finished 3/4L down.