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Cantabrigian Rowing Club head the way in mastering return to the Cam

Head of the Cam Division 2. Picture: Keith Heppell. (46525846)
Head of the Cam Division 2. Picture: Keith Heppell. (46525846)

Cantabrigian Rowing Club posted some of the fastest times of the day as racing returned to the river in the Head of the Cam 2021.

Organised by Chesterton Rowing Club, it was the first event on the Cam since lockdown restrictions were lifted.

Cantabs provided a quarter of the entries, and the senior women’s squad were in top form.

The A crew of Katie Brown, Ellie Darlington, Rebecca Smith, Gloria Jansen, Elena Williams, Molly Shaw, Jennie Astley and Gemma White were steered to a course record time by cox Callum Mantell to win the CRA 1 category.

The B crew helped them boast the two fastest women’s eights of the day as they secured victory in the CRA 2 category.

Most of the squad raced at least a second time, and Cantabs’ women were also the fastest two coxed fours, pair and quadruple scull.

In the mixed double scull category, David Richardson and Cecile Auty-Jacklin were the quickest boat, and members of the junior squad had four wins across the 12 crews entered from J13 through to J17.

“It was a great day all round, with lots of potential on display and lots of lessons learned looking towards some of the bigger summer events,” said coach Oli Frazer.

A composite Lysander and Rob Roy eight were the fastest boat overall and won the veterans’ Masters D to F category.

The Massey Ferguson eight of Cambridge 99 were second overall, and won the CRA men’s category ahead of Cantabs.

In the May Bumps men’s top division, Clare were the quickest ahead of Pembroke.

Caius were the quickest crew in the women’s May Bumps Division One section, with Queen’s in second.

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