Good Finishes at Vets Head

The day after the Boat Races saw the Vets Head of the River take place along the same course. 3 Cantabs crews took part, and featured in a composite.

The Aquaphobes had a great race, finishing 75th overall and they were the fastest Masters Novice 8+, though they finished 2nd in the event behind a Masters F crew from Christs College BC after handicaps were applied. They now look forward to build on this performance, training towards the British Masters Championships in June.


Ellie Darlington experienced similar in her Mx.MasA.8+, where her composite with Wallingford/Griffen/1927/Abingdon/Reading finished 27th overall and as the fastest Mixed 8+ overall, but came 3rd behind Exeter and London after handicaps were applied. After the race Ellie said,

We were a scratch crew and we went out there to have some fun. The mixed eights were started behind all of the women’s eights without a big gap, which seemed like an interesting choice by the organisers but it made the race more exciting as we were just constantly overtaking crews all the way along the course!

Ellie at 4 in the composite

Katrina Purser and Phil Gunning took to the water nursing slightly sore heads after celebrating with Katrina’s daughter Millie the night before after Millie won the Osiris-Blondie race.

The Poachers

The Poachers had a good race and finished 18th in the Masters C 8+ event, and cox Katrina said,

For the first time I felt that I coxed the Tideway rather than it coxing me… Great race crew! Also brilliant to row the day after Blondie, watching my crew’s brilliant efforts confirms my huge respect for the Boat Race crews and the immense responsibility on the cox not to mess up… Great Tideway weekend!

The Hunter Crew also enjoyed a good race, finishing 12th in the Masters Novice 8+ event despite one of their riggers breaking during the race.

Hunter Crew

Full results can be found here.

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