In September the HMCRT was pleased to be kindly supported by proceeds from King Street Great Race Ball, organized by Boathouse Events in the run up to the race for the Harry Mahon Memorial Trophy between Waikato University and Cambridge University. The C.U.B.C. scored their 2nd victory versus their antipodean foes with the score now even at 2 races a piece since racing began bi-annually in 2002. Also on hand for the event was New Zealand-based 1948 Cambridge Blue Chris Barton, who came up from Christchurch with his wife, Rosemary, to support and they also made a significant and generous donation to the foundation. HMCRT Trustee Donald Legget was on hand to oversee proceedings and added a good dose of imperial decorum to the proceedings, some of which was lost on our hosts.The Foundation would like to especially thank Rob Hamill and his team at Boathouse Events for their support as the HMCRT continues to expand its international footprint. See attached press release, video footage of the race and photographs here
A fortnight later in China, the C.U.B.C. competed in the 4th China International Universities Regatta at the Shanghai Water Sports Center in Qingpu, Shanghai Municipality. The competitiveness of the event's hosts, Beijing's Tsinghua and Beida University crews and boats from Shanghai's Jiaotong and Fudan Universities have advanced significantly since the inaugural event in 2000 where racing in Beijing placed the foreign crews at an open water advantage. Mirroring China's Olympic rise across various sporting codes, rowing included, this year the tables were turned. Though Cambridge managed to beat crews from UL, Harvard and Yale by margins of no less than 33 seconds they remained a length off the Chinese crews, who celebrated with...... fireworks! HMCRT representative John O'Loghlen attended the event from his residence in Beijing and presented the CUBC with Murphy and Nye team dress shirts and then quietly retreated back to the Capital to "save face" in light of the Middle Kingdom's rout of the event. Pictures of the crew, fashion and fireworks are here, courtesy of attendees Kieran West and Bernd Heidicker.