We saw some some great racing today from our squad and recent alumni, but with mixed results.
It was a packed afternoon, with our Temple 8+ kicking off proceedings at 2.00 pm against Princeton A. The Lightweight/Goldie crew took the race to the Americans, never losing contact to their more highly favoured opposition, and continuing to threaten throughout the race, with Princeton taking a hard-fought 3/4 length win.
2019 Men’s President Dara Alizadeh, representing London Rowing Club, took on Cambridge 99s Will Young at 3.50pm. A close race for most of the heat ensued, with both scullers trading blows until Young establlished control of the race in the latter parts, holding Alizadeh at bay for the rest of the race.
Our Visitors’ 4- was the 3rd event after the tea break, at 5.30 pm, as they looked to progress against R.C. Allemannia, Hamburg. The race was extremely close through most of its progress, with the Germans leading through the first two markers, but the Cambridge 4 remained unflustered even after some complicated steering by the Germans which was not addressed by the umpire and drew to a 1 length win.
Our Prince Albert 4+ finished the day for Cambridge as they raced Adams House, Harvard at 6.15pm. The Harvard 2/3V 4 led the Goldie 4+ throughout, in the fastest race of the day through every checkpoint. The Cambridge crew may count themselves unlucky in the vagaries of the day 1 draw, but put together an excellent performance.