Churchill W1 won the Plate competition.
Churchill W1 raced in three heats. Defeated by Caius in the first race, we compensated well as we pushed away from Trinity Hall and Selwyn and won the Plate Final in the First Division.
Churchill M2 were eager to prove ourselves against the other boats in our bumps division and get in some practice of rowing side by side with other boats. After an unfortunate marshalling incident in which we never actually managed to marshall, lulling the opposition into believing we didn’t know what we were doing, we eventually got ourselves in the correct position to race Clare M2. Although we rowed in a slightly rushed manner, we comfortably saw off the boys in yellow. Our next opponents, Catz II, were much tougher, being one of the top boats in our division. Despite keeping neck and neck for the majority of the race, we were unable to match their push by the railway bridge and they pulled ahead of us. Nevertheless, the day was great experience for doing race starts and I have no doubt will stand us in good stead for the thrill of bumps.
Men’s Vice Captain
M4, looking great in their brand new pink kit with 2 novices and 2 substitutes in the boat were an unknown quantity for the Spring Regatta. In the 1st race against Girton M3, a strong start led to half a length advantage down most of the reach but Girton finished strongly and made good use of the inside line under the railway bridge to win by 3/4 length. Due to a scratch from Jesus M4, we then lined up against Darwin M3 in the plate final. With another strong start, Churchill moved up to a length ahead down the reach and we maintained this towards the line, a large crab that broke the gate just metres from the line slashed the lead but M4 won the division 5 plate competition by 1 1/4 lengths.