By Michael Papas
The University of Cape Town Rowing Club recently competed in the annual Universities’ Boat Race,
which took place from the 14 th to the 16 th of September 2017 in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape.
This year, the Club sent down six crews – three male and three female – the most of any competing
club! This impressive accomplishment is attributed the staunch enthusiasm and dedication of,
particularly, the respective squad captains Cole Barnard and Kaylin Myburgh, and further to each and
every club member who did their bit to ensure that a full squad got down to Port Alfred for the
highlight of the racing calendar.
The week leading up to race day comprised of some valuable preparation on the water and some good
old club bonding and banter off. Racing took place over three days, and saw our rowers putting it all
out there in representing UCT with pride and distinction.
Some highlights from the regatta included the Men’s B Crew placing 1 st overall in the B division, the
Men’s C Crew placing 5 th overall in the B division, and the Women’s C Crew placing 1 st in the C
division, in which both men and women compete.
Results were as follows:
Men’s A Crew: 3 rd , beating UJ in the B final.
Women’s A Crew: 4 th , losing to Rhodes in the B final.
Men’s B Crew: 1 st , beating Tuks in the A final.
Women’s B Crew: 3 rd , beating Rhodes in the B final.
Men’s C Crew: 5 th (B division), beating Wits and UWC in the C final.
Women’s C Crew: 1 st overall.
A fantastic few days of racing was followed by apt celebrations. The club now turns towards and
enters into preparation for the upcoming Sprints season (January – April 2018) with burning resolve
to continue onwards and upwards.