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On Saturday 17th September alumni from across the decades gathered at the boathouse for the biennial Blades Regatta. A chilly day did not hamper the enthusiasm of our four alumni crews (or that of one novice pair of guests gaining their first experience of rowing) and there was a great afternoon of racing.
A day of glorious sunshine awaited W1 as we rowed down to marshal in the gut, among the rest of the college VIIIs. Our practice starts were fiery and stroke, seven and cox all enjoyed a shared smile in the winds! Just as we'd practiced, our start was explosive, in contrast to the calm 'Go' from the bank. We flew out of the blocks at 40 and past The Plough, rhythming out at 35. We took the corner well, despite a couple of unbalanced strokes and aimed to set it up again with the finishes out of Ditton.
W1 had our second race of term competing in Spring Head to Head over a course which ran from the railway bridge to the motorway bridge and back again.
Our first start was not as aggressive as planned, though we quickly settled into our racing rhythm. A strong row down the reach saw us pushing towards Pembroke, however some scrappy strokes saw our progress slow and boat speed reduce. Despite this, our corners were an improvement on last week’s as we managed to push round them as well as out of them.
The Head of the Cam, in week 1 of Easter Term, was a celebration of CCBC past, present and future! The student first and second boats raced in the morning and then the Boathouse was filled with alumni, recent and not-so-recent for the afternoon division! The club fielded student W1, M1, W2, M2 and Crustaceans M1 (Aldridge), M2 (Hobson), M3 (Swallow), M4 (Martin), an IM3 IV+ (Beckett) and W1 - quite an achievement to boat all of these crews and we all arrived in the marshalling zone before any other club!
Mixed Wassersportverein Waldshut Mixed Mas D 8+ Vesta Veterans VIII Head of the River 2015-16 - Vesta Veterans22nd March 2016
“Cox! Where is your buoyancy aid?” The Boat Marshal’s polite but insistent voice drifts across the calm sunlit River Thames.
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W1 were excited to finally have some side-by-side racing on the Cam! In the first round against St Catz, having marshaled by the Plough, we got aligned at the bottom of the Long Reach, in the strong cross wind. We got off to a good start, taking a few seats straight away. This lead lengthened out to a length, where they then mounted their attack and so we held our position to the railway bridge. We moved on again here, shutting the door and aiming for the finish line. A decisive row, but we knew that the second round would bring tougher competition and knew how would up our game in the middle of the race.
It's always great when our alumni come back to row in a boat either for a casual outing or some racing! Recent examples have been the Blades Regatta (keep your eyes posted for 2016) and this year's Head of the Cam in April which saw not 1, not 2 but 3 full Crustaceans 8s race and have a fantastic time.
In the 2015 Fairbairns not only did we match April's 3 Crustaceans crews, but we also welcomed back some of our alumnae who helped to form a IV+ (pictures attached below) which was brilliant. Next time we will have to have a full VIII!
After getting the taste for overseas travel in Naples last year, the Crustaceans crew of ’78 managed to wangle an international entry to the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, rowing in the Senior Masters division (crews with average age over 50). A fantastic trip, accompanied by wives and girlfriends who acted as both our own private band of gorgeous supporters, and as the beer police.
Riverside Boat Club lent us a boat, allowed us use of their splendid clubhouse, and were most welcoming and helpful in every way.