Champs women head for the Thames

Last Saturday Champs added two Women’s 8s to Cambridge 99’s trailer (thanks to 9’s) to the Women’s Head of the River Race on The Thames. It was such a joy, after a long absence, to race on The Thames again and W1 and W2 had a great day out. A chance to test our rowing skills off Cam after a 2 year hiatus.

As ever with The Thames we experienced the full range of conditions which included some welcome sunshine and some very big waves which reminded us how protected we are from the elements on the Cam! Despite the conditions there was some successful overtaking whilst the waves crashed against the boats – all part of the experience.

It was just a great day out and fantastic to be part of such an iconic women’s sporting event again.

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all from Champion of the Thames rowing club. We are so pleased we have been able to welcome a number of new members to the club in 2021. This beautiful picture of Clare Boat House where scullers and some crews are very appreciative to row from was drawn by Hang Zhou, one our great new members who have completed their induction and are now going out regularly on the river. 

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!