16 Dec Friday 13th Brings Trial VIIIs Fun
CULRC raced Trial Eights as part of their preparation for The Boat Race on March 15th. This year’s eights were named “All the Lads” and “All the Lads and Eytan”. It was “All the Lads and Eytan” who won the race after some close racing along the course.
Trial Races Day is an important day for the team in the build-up to the Lightweight Boat Races. The Trial Races are a key point in the selection process for the Boat Races crews. The race day marks the end of the first three months of training. It is a test for the coxes as the two crews battle along the Championship Course from Putney to Mortlake. With the racing crew looking to find the ‘best water’ to gain an advantage over their opposition. Coaches are hoping for close racing to give each athlete the opportunity to perform under intense pressure.
The racing on Friday was close with crews remaining in contact right under Hammersmith Bridge and up to St Paul’s School.
CULRC President, Teague Smith says,
“Conditions were tough as the Tideway threw some of the most challenging conditions at us! It provided valuable experience to all those who raced.”
Trial Eight Crews
All the Lads
Tom Hewitt (Wolfson College)
James Chapman (Magdalene College)
Kevin Shen (Queens’ College)
Eryk Sokolowski (Fitzwilliam College)
Teague Smith (Girton College)
Ben Wood (Emmanuel College)
Josh Kershaw (cox) (Jesus College)
All the Lads & Eytan
Jack Reid (Girton College)
Eytan Cortissos (Peterhouse)
Matt Edge (St Catharine’s College)
Daumantas Kavolis (Peterhouse College)
Samuel Armstrong (Robinson College)
Luke Andrews (Gonville & Caius College)
James Lee (Homerton College)
Jamie Bailey (cox) (St John’s College)