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On Friday 24 February CULRC travelled to London to compete in two fixtures against Tideway clubs. A lightweight London Rowing Club eight was the opposition on Saturday followed by a heavyweight Imperial College Boat Club crew on Sunday. Saturday was also the date of a very important event in the CULRC calendar, the annual alumni races and dinner.

On 17th December CULRC sent two members to the GB December Trial in Boston, Lincolnshire. Rupert Price and Nicolas Kernick travelled up on the day before for a pre-paddle on the course. Conditions were beautiful on the river setting both scullers up well for the following day.

On December 18th, the two CULRC Trial VIIIs crews, "King" and "Ace", raced in Henley-on-Thames. As on Boat Race day, the crews had to weigh in a few hours before racing, so a sweat-paddle started off what turned out to be a near-perfect day of sunshine and little wind. The race was umpired by Sir Matthew Pinsent, with the crews racing in shells by WinTech Racing and Hudson, respectively. The start was marred by delays as two barges moved onto the race course just before the scheduled start time. They took so long that King and Ace had to continue paddling to avoid getting cold, while Sir Matthew eventually had to intervene and ask the barges to move out of the way. Once the river was clear, the Cambridge crews could finally start. They were set off very close to each other, so a few unfortunate gusts of wind were enough to cause an early and severe blade clash. Sir Matthew called a restart, and this time there was a more than adequate margin of about 60 feet between the crews.

Last week the CULRC squad raced in Cambridge at the Fairbairn Cup. Organised by Jesus College Boat Club, the race runs from the JCBC flag-pole to the little bridge near the Lock (around 4.3km). CULRC entered two VIIIs. The VIIIs were originally planned to be of equal strength, but with a key injury to one crew the gap between the boats ended up being larger than expected. The quicker crew came 2nd overall with a time of 14:17.3 while the other crew struggled and came 8th overall with a time of 14:44.9. Crew photos are shown below.

Last weekend CULRC's scullers took to the tideway to compete amongst 454 crews at the Four's Head of the River 2011. Entered in the 'Elite Lightweight Quad' category, the crew of Liam Downes, Piran Tedbury, Rupert Price and James Wedlake went off 8th amongst some of the best scullers in the country including a few members of the GB Rowing Team likely to be representing the country in the Olympics next year. Fours Head 2011

Preseason training camp (19 to 30 September) The season started with a 2-week training camp, during with the 24 triallists began this year’s Henley Boat Races campaign. Early groundwork was made with training, and the camp ended with an open-road cycle race 76-mile cycle race from Cambridge to Norwich. 3 members of the squad finished joint second in this race in a time of 3h 42m, and a notable effort was made by Alex Randall who completed the entire distance on a single speed (fixed gear) racing bike. Cambridge Small Boats Head (1 October) A group of small boats from the club raced at the Cambridge SBH at the end of the preseason camp. This was a successful day, with CULRC winning 5 events (IM2, IM3 and Nov 1x, and IM3 and Nov 2x), as well as losing narrowly by 1s in Sen 2-. Recent Alumnus, John Hale, also recorded the fastest 1x time of the day.

CULRC sent 6 of the squad to the first set of GB Trials in Boston on the 22nd/23rd of October. Liam Downes, Andrew Hunt, Nick Kernick, Rupert Price, Piran Tedbury and James Wedlake travelled on the Friday night staying in hotels just outside of Boston. Day...