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Sprint finish to City of Cambridge RC’s double header

Cantabrigian Rowing Club kept up a successful start to the season with a number of victories in the City Sprints.

Organised by City of Cambridge Rowing Club, the annual 400m side-by-side race is an invitational regatta, but the course was moved to 500m along the Long Reach this year.

Competing crews stay on the water until they have either won or been knocked out, and in some of the bigger category entries, Cantabs emerged victorious.

In the women’s championship eight, Cantabs A beat Caius in the first round, but were then defeated by Cantabs B, who went on to defeat Peterhouse by one-and-three-quarter lengths in the final.

In the WJ15/16 double sculls, Cantabs secured a four-length win over City of Cambridge Natural in the final, having beaten City of Cambridge Ancliff in the second round.

There were also wins for Cantabs in the J16/17 single scull, the J16/17 and J14/15 double sculls, and the J14/15 single sculls.

Queens’ College won the women’s intermediate eight, beating City of Cambridge by five lengths, while Caius beat Pembroke W4 in the women’s novice eight by one length.

The open single sculls was won by Queens’ College’s Brett by five lengths against Cantabs’ Turner in the final.

Host club City of Cambridge were victorious in the open intermediate eight, beating Jesus College M2 by two lengths, having defeated Caius M2 in the first round by three-quarers of a length.

Jesus College beat Peterhouse W2 and King’s College W1 for success in the women’s student coxed four, and Jesus College M1 were successful in the open student championship eight, defeating Churchill College M1 by a length and Queens’ College M2 by the same distance.

City of Cambridge also hosted the 2021 Spring Head to Head on Saturday.

The race is two lengths of 1,900m, slightly shortened this year to allow crews spread out when marshalling.

Caius were the fastest crew overall, taking part in the open student eight championship.

They clocked 12min 3sec, with Pembroke M1 second in 12.30.7 and Christ’s M1 in third in 13.23.2.

Aquaphobes, from Cantabs, were the quickest open masters D-E crew in 13.28.6, ahead of Chesterton RC’s Connolley boat.

The fastest women’s crew was Cantabs in the women’s CRA championship eight category, clocking 13.47.5.

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