58 club members rowing in 18 different crews joined 175 crews from all over Cambridgeshire for the Cambridge Winter League on Sunday. The Ely entries showed the range of the club’s activities, with boats in size from single sculls to 60 foot-long “eights”, and competing in age categories for 13-year-old juniors to “masters” in the 65 – 70 age category. The club’s full range of skills were also on display, with some crews having years of racing experience; whilst others, crewed by people who have recently learned to row at the club, tested themselves in their first race.

The Winter League is raced over 2.6km on the River Cam, and is run as a time trial over 3 legs, with winners in different categories decided on aggregate time after the last leg in March. Sunday’s leg was rowed under perfect conditions. The weather was warm, with some sunshine and very light winds giving calm water; so fast times were recorded by all competitors. Ely crews to watch as the competition develops are the junior 16 double sculls. The male crew of Philip Sosnin and Josh Stimson recorded a time of 12 min 1 sec; with the female crew of Holly Lancaster and Rahera Greatrex just 1 second behind them.

Times for all Ely crews were:

Women – IM3 eight 11:58; J16 double scull 12:02; IM2 double scull 12:46; J18 single scull 13:17; Novice coxed quad scull 14:02; J13 single scull 14:14; Masters E single scull 14:52; Masters C sweep four 14:52.

Men – IM3 eight 10:56; Masters E coxless quad scull 11:04; Masters G sweep pair 11:38; J16 double scull 12:01; Masters E single scull 13:11; Novice double scull 13:30; Masters C single scull 14:01; novice single scull 17:35.

Mixed crews – Novice quad scull (1) 14:42; Novice quad scull (2) 15:23

(Times for masters’ crews include a handicap to adjust between different age groups where appropriate.)