If the Drowsy Dragons are being chased by the Golden Bears on the River Cam, it can only mean one thing – it is the Christmas Head race.
There was a bumper turnout for the City of Cambridge Rowing Club on Saturday, with 209 crews getting into the festive spirit by racing the 1,800m course – from Plough Reach to Top Finish – in fancy dress.
There was the battle of the captains in the mixed club eight, with Captain Birdseye taking on Captain Blackbeard, Captain Marvel, Captain Janeway, Captain Pugwash, Captain Hook, Captain Morgan and Captain Crunch. However, it was Clare Boat Club’s more straightforward CBC Committee that were first in the category.
Other winners on the day included City’s Rowing Bakers (mixed novice eight), Cambridge 99’s RGB nosed reindeer (championship single sculls), City’s Speedos crew (open pairs), Nines’ CNN-Cupid (open single sculls) and CNN Rudolph (women’s double sculls).
With some catchy entries such as Emmanuel Boat Club’s The Emmanuelves, Homerton’s Driving Hom for Christmas, City of Cambridge’s Baewatch, it was City of Cambridge’s mixed novice four crew Make Like A Tree that won the best fancy dress prize. And the winner of the best line around Ditton Corner went to LMBC’s Big Boat Blighties.
Category racing winners: Mixed double sculls – Merry Joshmas (Cambridge 99); mixed coxed quad –Cooper (City of Cambridge); open single sculls – JCBC Stash (Jesus College Boat Club); coxed fours – Top Nuts (Hughes Hall) and Men’s Alumni (Pembroke); open eights – Feliz Scaphas (Selwyn College); open double sculls – Sam/Sam (City of Cambridge), open single sculls – Theo Sales (Cambridge Canoe Club) and L Arnone (Cantabrigian); open double sculls – Comberton Boys (Cantabrigian); open eights J18/J17 –Leni’s Lads (Leys School); open eights masters B to D – Octum (X-Press); women’s club eights – Matched Cranch (City of Cambridge); women’s J18/J17 eights – HRSFC Girls (Cantabrigian); women’s masters B to E eights – COGS (Cantabrigian); women’s masters D to F double sculls – Faster Masters (Champion of the Thames.