Over the weekend of 11th and 12th June, Cantabs had 5 entries at the British Rowing Masters Regatta in Nottingham. The regatta saw a record entry of over 1,500 competitors aged between 27 and 88 racing at the National Watersports Centre over 1km.
There was very close racing for Cecile Jacklin in the women’s masters D 1x on the Saturday of the regatta. After finishing 2nd in her heat, she proceeded to a fiercely competitive final, which saw only 4 seconds separating 1st and 5th, and resulted in her winning a bronze medal in a photo finish for silver, which was won by a sculler from Tees. Later that day, Cecile also forced the umpires to check the finish camera, as she and mixed 2x partner David Richardson missed out on a bronze by only 0.36 seconds!
Also racing on the Saturday was Ellie Darlington in the women’s masters A single. After a convincing win in her heat, Ellie proceeded to the final as the fastest qualifier. A dodgy start saw Ellie down on the rest of the field in the initial few strokes, before she made up the deficit and rowed through the rest of the field of 6 scullers, enjoying a fight to the finish with a sculler from City of Bristol. She will be racing next weekend in the senior singles event at Henley Women’s.
On the Sunday it was the turn of the masters C four of Gill Cooper, Sue Hakenbeck, Sue Waterhouse and Judith Weik. Their first race was in the coxless fours event. After a strong start, the crew stormed to a convincing win in their final over second-pplaced York City, taking gold by over 14 seconds.
A fast turnaround was required after that race, as the crew had a quick boat change to race less than half an hour later, this time with cox Sara Russo in the coxed semi-final. After qualifying in third place, with only 2 seconds separating them and the winning crew, the final was also a very competitive affair, which saw the Cantabs crew missing out on bronze by 0.85 seconds!
Full results may be found here.