Cantabs enjoyed some good performances at the British Rowing Masters Championships last weekend, coming away with gold and silver medals, and some performances which show promise for the future.
On the Saturday of the Regatta, the Aquaphobes’ masters men’s squad entered two crews: a Non-Championship Masters ABC 8+ and a Non-Championship Masters ABC 4+. First race of the day was the 8+, with very windy conditions making alignment at the start challenging for all crews. The Aquaphobes had a good start, and held their opposition for the first quarter of the race but found themselves gradually slipping back throughout the race. This was the 1st time any of the Aquaphobes have raced at British Masters, so they were pleased to come away with a 3rd place in the 8+ and 4th in the 4+, and shows promise for the future. The Aquaphobes next race at Town Bumps in July.
Georgie Plunkett put in a dominant performance in her heat of the Women’s Masters A 1x event, paddling over most of the course at rate 24 to win. In the final, she was in control from start to finish, winning the event 5 seconds clear of the 2nd placed sculler from Abingdon RC. This is the 2nd year in a row that Georgie has won the event, and the 3rd win in a row for a Cantabs athlete. Georgie next races in the Aspirational 4x event at Henley Women’s Regatta with Harriet Cross, Cecilia Collins-Taylor and Alice Brownjohn on 22nd June.
On the Sunday, Christina Woolner and Sue Hakenbeck had a good race to finish 2nd in the Women’s Non-Championship ABC 2x event, a promising performance for a new crew. Later, Gill Cooper and Judith Weik had a good race in tough conditions to win silver in the Women’s Masters C 2- event. They next race at Henley Masters Regatta on 13th July, hoping to go one better.