Christmas Head, 2021

Champs entered several crews into the Christmas Head this Saturday 4 December, in true spirit as always. Great to see several men’s 8s out for this event for Champs and also many different combinations of singles, doubles, quads and eights with several people doing multiple races.  A great event thanks to City for organising it and such a joy to be back on the river again. 

Trish and Denise won their category as Fasters Masters in 8.13 adjusted time. And congratulations to Steve Millar who won the Open Masters D to F in an adjusted time of 8.26. Well done all!

Champs took advantage of the opportunity to get into fancy dress and the photos say it all!

Peloton crew
ArgoDreads ready for action
A pair of doubles…
Shiver me timbers, lads

Fairbairns 2021

On Friday 3 Dec a combination of W1 and W2 joined the much loved Fairbairns race. It always signals the start of Christmas and is such a good reason to take a day off work! We were really pleased to be coxed by Catherine Stewart our new President who really knows how to drive a crew on! The race was followed by a crew lunch – what’s not to like! We were really pleased to be able to do this race together again.

Catjherine, our cox and club President, at the helm
W1/W2 racing in the Faribairns

Cantabs Winter Head, 2021

Great to be on the river this Saturday 20 Nov for the Cantabs Winter Head. Several Champs crews entered and some great results. There were entries for men’s Argos/ Dreads crew, a masters mixed quad and W1, W2 and W4 who were in the Novice category. It was a lively event with crews from all over the place and such a joy to be racing again after all those months of no races due to the pandemic. So thanks to Cantabs for organising and making sure the weather was also kind to us!

Congratulations to W1 for winning Club A category in 10.28 and W2 for coming second in the Masters catagory with an adjusted time of 10.54.

Time to start gearing up for more winter events including a women’s masters crew entering Fairbairns, Christmas Head and then get ready for Winter League in the new year. We have a great new group of inductees thanks to the sterling efforts of Laura and Ana over the last few months and we really look forward to seeing them racing soon too!

Juniors and Returners 2021 Bumps Race Reports

Helen’s Hell Hounds win their blades!

A fantastic week’s rowing by a combined crew of Juniors and Returners saw them win their blades on the last night.
The crew came together wonderfully well in a couple of weeks and we had a nicely balanced squad combining 7 Juniors with 7 Returners. We had to make some changes through the week to cope with Covid isolations and Latitude Festival! With only one outing for the starting crew before bumps, they very quickly found balance and rhythm and rowed beautifully all week.
First night nerves were turned into real power off the start on chain 16 and we caught St Neots in about 35 strokes, well before the A14 bridge.
Second night – same crew – even stronger – and caught a good looking X-Press 3 – again before the bridge, although it took all of 50 strokes.
Third night we decided to set our finish line at the bridge as we were worried that City/St Mary’s (Kaura’s school crew that she refuses to join!) would catch the 9s crew ahead of them. Didn’t quite make it by the bridge and – caught them just after as they closed on 9s.
So big final night – same set-up – can we catch 9s before they catch Chesterton 2. This was a real race: 9s closed on Chesterton quickly and it looked like they were getting away, but a fantastic series of pushes saw the girls catch them just after first post corner. Brilliant racing – brilliant coxing by Helen Lavelle.
A really excellent week for a tremendous crew.

  • Cox: Helen Lavelle
  • S: Grace Caroe
  • 7: Amber Parsons
  • 6: Kaura Gould/Ella Black
  • 5: Gemma Eastham/Marlena Scott
  • 4: Catherine Watson
  • 3: Amy Glemas/ Evie Buchan / Lexie Weiss
  • 2: Scarlett Atkinson 
  • B: Esme Stewart