Oscar Beighton (1st Year Classical Archeology and Ancient History) reports on CCCBC’s first races in Isis Winter League this season:
On October 30th, the women’s and men’s A crews competed in the eights, with the men’s crew then dividing into A and B fours crews. As well as this, the club was also represented in the singles category, bringing the grand total to five boats entered.
Women’s Senior Eight
The women’s eight made their first competitive appearance for the academic year at IWL after regretfully having had to withdraw from the autumn fours. Their commitment showed as they crossed the finish in a respectable five minutes and twenty-three seconds, putting them ahead of Queen’s, St Antony’s, and CORC.
Men’s Senior Eight
The men’s eight crew beat out six other teams in their category to take second overall with a four second gap between them and University College, who took third place. The crew performed very well despite being formed of a group with mixed levels of experience, giving a smashing performance for their first competition as one big happy eight.
Men’s Four A
The men’s A boat set a spectacular run, with Emile Roberts once again displaying his spectacular steering, taking the crew to the finish line in what looked to be a very respectable time. Unfortunately the time keepers couldn’t keep seem to keep up with the boat, and the times set by the fours were sadly recorded improperly, meaning we can’t know just how well they did. All we know is that they put on an impressive show, and they’re set to do very well in the future.
Men’s Four B
The men’s B boat saw novice cox Ruby Sioux Harrison take charge in her first competitive event, and what a debut it was! She led the crew expertly over the course, taking perhaps a slightly more responsible path past the barge than Emile, but no less impressive. The B crew seemed to set a decent time too, but without the official timing, exactly how they performed will remain a mystery.
Men’s Single Scull
James Marsden joined in the fun at IWL too, leaving his usual role of coach and cox to give the club’s single a run out on the water. He came home with a second place finish in his category to a warm reception from the rest of the team.
As much as the rowers would all love a break, training is only getting more serious after the club’s success at IWL. With the Nephthys regatta on the horizon, CCCBC intends to stand out this year, and everyone is very keen to commit to bringing in some silverware.