The annual COBRA vs Schoolboy races will take place as usual on the morning of Monday 28th December with COBRA Day 2015
It was great to see so many old faces at the club on Monday morning for the annual race for the Hamburg Trophy between COBRA and the Schoolboys. CGS won the toss, and chose the faster inside line to the first bend. Following a questionable lineup to the start, the schoolboys roared into a 2 1/2 length lead and maintained a strong advantage after the 500m mark.
At this point the COBRA crew found its racing legs, and powered it's way alongside the schoolboys by the New Bridge. In fast flow and a heavy tailwind, the spectators were granted a very quick race with COBRA retaining the Hamburg Trophy with a verdict of 1/2 a length.
The second COBRA crew on the water, the self-styled "Fatboy Eight", technically did cross the finish line first however the fact they did not complete the first 1800m of the race meant their claims of victory were short lived!
We also welcomed the new Head Coach of CGS, Jeremy Johnston, to the club and he did us the honour of umpiring the race from the launch. We look forward to many successful years under his leadership and as he rather ominously stated, "the Old Boys better enjoy the trophy this year as it won't be in their hands for long!"
The standard has been raised this year, and we are hoping for better conditions in 2016 to see two COBRA eights competing in the race as well as hopefully welcoming our first girls crew to the event!
Thanks to Trevor Gage for the photos!
And there's always time for a selfie...!