This weekend saw Oxford and Cambridge crews from the Men’s and Women’s 2014 Boat Race squads compete at the British Championships, and Oxford Women race at The Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
The OUBC coxless four of London 2012 Bronze medallist, Constantine Louloudis, victorious 2013 Blue Karl Hudspith (both pictured above), and victorious 2013 Isis rowers Iain Mandale and Nik Hazell combined to produce a strong race which saw them win Bronze, just behind Leander and Molesey who each included several GB Rowing squad members. CUBC entered into the Men’s Eight competition, and made it through to the C Final, where they placed 4th.
On the Women’s side, CUWBC entered two eights and OUWBC entered one eight into the University Women’s competition. CUWBC A raced strongly to win the category and place 3rd overall – just behind Leander and GLOM composite eights which featured many GB squad members. The CUWBC B crew made it through to the C final which they won comfortably. OUWBC qualified for the B final, where they placed 2nd, making them the 5th fastest University Women’s Eight overall.
A second crew from OUWBC made the slightly longer trip to Boston to compete in the world renowned Head of the Charles Regatta. In a highly competitive field, they raced well to 21st place in the Women’s Championship Eights.
All of this weekend’s racing will be valuable experience for The BNY Mellon and Newton Women’s Boat Race squads at this early stage in the season. They will next all race on the Tideway in the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours at the end of November.