Saturday 19th November dawned misty but mild, and sunshine soon broke through to set up an excellent day of racing on the Cam.
More than 250 crews from 57 clubs took part in Cantab’s Cambridge Winter Head. Whilst the majority of participants were from local schools, colleges, alumni and town clubs (including 13 Cantabs crews), there were also plenty of visitors from Bedford, Broxbourne, Norwich, Suffolk, Oxford, London, Colchester, Lincoln and Kent, bringing extra diversity, and a voracious appetite for hot bacon rolls, to the event.
In terms of actual rowing, the host club posted the fastest time of the day, with the Cantabs 1st Men’s VIII racing the course in an impressive 8:04 to win the Men’s British Rowing Intermediate 1 event, out-performing a number of Senior crews including Cambridge University Lightweights and top college VIIIs. Full results are posted on the Events page.
With such a busy day of racing and a number of inexperienced crews, there were inevitably a few equipment failures and minor incidents, but we hope those who were participating in their first race had an enjoyable experience. Spectators commented on the friendly atmosphere as they watched various dramas unfold as crews neared the finish line. Most notable attire was seen on Juniper BC (London) who rowed with aplomb in their traditional leopard-print lycra and co-ordinating oars (see below). More photos are on the club’s Facebook page.
Finally, a big thank-you to the organisers and all of the volunteers who helped out in advance and on the day!
One of the CULRC (Granta RC) crews just off the start
Preparing for the rush on bacon rolls
Juniper Boat Club (London) makes a splash with their leopard-print outfits and blades