On a beautiful sunny and clear Saturday last week Sydney Uni eights captured the double at the 128th Gold Cup – winning the men’s and women’s eights. This is the third Gold Cup in a row in which Sydney Uni has won both open eights.
In the Women’s Eights our crew lost Greta Beale to illness and faced a very competent Sydney Rowing Club crew but broke away at the turn to win by 1.83 seconds in a time of 4 mins 36 secs. University of New South Wales finished third with Pymble Ladies College fourth and Loreto Kirribilli fifth.
In the men’s event the two heats were won by Sydney Rowing Club and SUBC respectively with Sydney Rowing Club posting the fastest heat tome of 4 mins 6 secs. Tony Lister was steering the SUBC eight and hunting for his seventh gold oar. The final saw SUBC in lane 1 on the Hunter’s Hill side, Sydney in lane two with Kings School and Mosman outside them. SUBC started well and by the 700 metre mark had pulled back the deficit from the staggered start. With Lister hugging the south side buoys and shaving the turning pile the SUBC crew covered the shortest distance to turn ahead of Sydney and go to the line a length clear. With the following sea breeze the time was a very slick in just a few hundredths of a second under 4 minutes.
Sydney Uni’s other entry was in the Men’s B Fours where our crew of Jon Goddard, Tom Bowditch, Kit Cunningham Reid and Jon Rundle coxed by Will Raven raced two Sydney Rowing Club fours and a Macquarie Uni Four. Another win to SUBC crew – this time from the outside lane (4) winning by 5 seconds.