On the 17th November, at the crack of dawn, 56 novice rowers travelled to Cambridge to partake in their first ever race; Cambridge Winter Head. 3 novice women’s crews and 2 novice men’s crews raced in 3 separate divisions throughout what would become a brilliant day.
First up to tackle the misty Cam, was the Women’s Crew 2 who raced off to a brilliant start overtaking both RUMS and Kings in their category, suggesting a promising time. As the sun attempted to pay a visit, the Women’s crew 3 and Men’s crew 2 both took the water, rowing impressive races.
Last up for the day, was the Women’s crew 1 along with Men’s crew 1 in what would become an extremely eventful final race. Despite a quick start, the men’s crew had an unfortunate encounter Grassy Corner and then encountered boat traffic prior to the last bend, which resulted in a stunted race that hampered their time. The women’s crew 1 raced well, allowing them to power into the lead.
As we all travelled home, the results came through; the Women’s crews 1 and 2 had secured a respective 1st and 2nd victory, with the 3rd crew coming a very respectable 5th, resulting in a very proud but voiceless coxswain – UCLBC Domination! As for the men, crew 2 came 5th and due to their encountered difficulties, crew 1 came in 9th place.
The women’s crews celebrated in true UCLBC fashion – getting ‘merry’ at the union, whilst the men’s crews went for a post race dinner at Nando’s, joining the girls later.
All in all a very successful first race, special thanks should be said to Chris and Kat, who between them coxed all 5 crews – and celebrated accordingly. We can hope to look forward to even more UCLBC domination at both the UH Winter Sprints and Allom Cup in the weeks to come.