The 2021 Champs Eights Head will take place over the usual course on the River Cam on Sunday 16th May 2021.
Full event details can be found on the Champs Eights Head Event page
On the morning of 24/4/21 Champs joined the Chesterton Head of the River race- the first race since lockdown- with great joy and excitement. The weather was perfect and it was a great morning. A combination of 8s, quads, doubles and singles were entered. Winners were the ladies quad Quadrangle who won Masters E (11.35) convincingly. Carole Mills and Louise Affleck won in their double (12.00/ 11.26 adjusted) and Carole in her Masters E single (12.54/12.00 adjusted). All the ergs, circuits and yoga by zoom as well as cycling, running and anything else we could think of have kept us fit but nothing can quite prepare you for those pre race nerves and the lactic acid kicking in after the first few minutes! We are all hopeful for a good summer on the river but every day feels like a bonus at the moment. Thanks Chesterton for organising a great event.
From Tim Seru of the Argo Dreads:
Despite a doubtful start; worry about us getting in and out of the water safely, we had a thoroughly enjoyable race. There was some confusions and searching for numbers which ended with us shouting our number (123) to anyone wearing hi-vis vests, including some confused walkers. Spotting the marshall, the gorgeous weather conditions and the joy of getting out on the river made for a great time. Our race was rowed solidly with the rating kept low – in in the main -and our time was respectable even beating a masters D squad. Upon our return to Logans Way, getting out of the water was a tricky effort, involving wellied bank helpers and number 4 jumping out of the boat to hold the boat to ensure no damage to the boat rudder; those of the crew without Sealskinz or wellies hopefully have not got any long term ailments resulting from paddling in the Cam but towels were on hand and shivering was kept to a minimum. Mince pies from Jeremy were a much welcomed infusion of calories and after a carefully spaced out crew photo we split up.
British Rowing have now confirmed that all club sporting facilities (including club-owned landing stages) should be closed during the lockdown.
Therefore, there can be no rowing, sculling or any use of Clare or CRA boathouses until further notice.
Naturally we hope to get things going again as soon as possible. In the meantime, see you at the AGM on 12 November on Zoom!