British Rowing Masters Regatta
Conditions at the British Rowing Masters Regatta in Nottingham on 10th/11th June proved challenging, with strong winds forcing the cancellation of racing on the Sunday afternoon.
On the Saturday, there were medals for both of the Cantabs scullers racing. Georgie Plunkett – winner of the women’s club 1x at Wallingford Regatta in May – won W.MasA.1x, 25 seconds ahead of the sculler who won silver! Cecile Jacklin had a good race, and won bronze in W.MasD.1x.
The wind was considerably stronger on the Sunday of the event, meaning that attaching to stakeboats at the start was abandoned and crews weren’t exactly started level!
Hana Lango Allen and Christina Woolner, relative newcomers to sculling, had a challenging time in the non-championship W.MasABC.2x, but did well to finish 3rd in their final. Another non-championship crew of Sally Hames, Syra Vanderhoof, Jacqui Robinson, Roz Fitzgerald and cox Carrie Frazer braved the conditions to finish 4th in their W.MasDEF.4+ final. Andrew Morley finished 5th in the non-championship MasABC.1x.
After a heat which saw the top 3 crews finish within 1 second of each other, the W.MasC.4+ were drawn by far the worst lane in the final, with waves and gusts causing the crew difficulties and resulted in them finishing 5th.
Hoping to avenge this disappointing result, the crew teamed up with the athletes from Marlow’s W.MasC.4+ (who won gold, and were joint winners of Vet Fours Head with the Cantabs crew in November) to race in W.MasC.8+. The heat would see only 1 crew eliminated, as 1 crew had been given a bye to the final. After a cautious start, the composite raced well and rowed through crews who had actually trained together, and emerged clear winners of their heat. Frustratingly, their final was cancelled, meaning that no medals were awarded for the event.
The crew’s W.MasC.4- final was also cancelled, causing further disappointment for a crew who had been focussing their training in the coxless. A non-championship W.MasABC.4x and MasDEF.1x were also disappointed to have their race cancelled – the first sculling race for some of these athletes.
Full results may be found here.
Blenheim Junior Regatta
Saturday 10th June saw a large junior contingent head to Oxfordshire to race at the Blenheim Junior Regatta. Conditions there were similarly challenging, with side-by-side races replaced by time trials.
Cantabs had entries in the boys’ J13.1x, J13.2x, J14B.4x+ and J13.4x+ with all crews putting in good performances and getting a taste for more racing this summer.
The girls did particularly well, with Charlotte Parr and Catherine Pearson’s J12.2x coming 7th in their time trial. Livvy Durrant and Roison Scalon stole the show, though, winning gold in the W.J13A.2x time trial. They received their medal from Alice Carrington-Windo, two-time Oxford women’s blue.