National Championships 2009

After the disappointment of Henley Royal, a highly successful year had come to a close for some members of the lightweight boat. However, the four that had come so close to victory at BUCS raced at the National Championships aiming to go one better. Despite few practice sessions, the crew were in an optimistic mood on the way to Nottingham.

After weighing in at a near perfect average of 69.975kg, the heat didn’t go as planned with the crew briefly flirting with first place before Durham Uni rowed through to win by slightly under half a second, and Molesey over eight seconds back. This meant that Cambridge avoided the repechage, and were hopeful that a more polished performance in the final would take them clear of Durham and the other finalists, who had posted similar times. However this was not to be, as Glasgow RC stormed off the start, leaving London RC, Durham Uni and Cambridge to battle it out in their wake. Steering difficulties cost them dearly, and as Cambridge appeared to be rowing through to snatch second they clipped a buoy, following London RC and Durham over the line in fourth. A disappointing result, but perhaps unsurprising given the lack of training for the event.

European Universities Rowing Championships 2009

After the strong performance at the BUCS Regatta in May, the CULRC was selected to produce a Lightweight coxless four to race at the European University Regatta in Kruszwica, Poland in early September.

The crew composed of (stroke to bow) George Blessley, John Kiely, Al Chappelle, Mark Aldred had a slightly scrappy row in the race for lanes finishing in 2nd place. We were feeling confident that an improved row in the final would give us enough of an edge to challenge strongly for the gold. Unfortunately Al Chappelle fell ill the day before the final, contributing to a disappointing row in the final, finishing in the Bronze medal position.

Some Photos of the event can be found here: