Chennai, India (PressExposure) August 05, 2011 -- The Madras Boat Club (MBC) - Colombo Rowing Club (CRC) rowing regatta, held over a distance of 1000 metres is considered second in vintage only to the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge boat race which is the world's oldest, continuing inter-institutional event. The first "Madras-Colombo", as it is popularly known, was held in 1898, its main protagonists being our erstwhile colonial masters, and the records of this race still grace the walls of the respective clubs. The regatta has since, continued intermittently, gradually taking on a local flavor as the membership of the clubs on both sides of the straits gradually reflected their respective demography, and is today a hallmark of the bonds of friendship and goodwill that exists between the two nations.
The race is held alternatively in Chennai and Colombo . This year the 74th annual regatta was held in Beira Lake, Colombo on the 23rd of July.
With an impressive 42 points to 8, CRC beat MBC to regain the Deepam Trophy . However the MBC women's team with 25 points did a clean sweep winning all their events to win the Adyar Trophy.
The race of the day that brought the crowd to its feet was the Men's "B" Fours in which MBC "B" won with a timing of 3 minutes 22 seconds. It was the fastest timing of the day. It is noteworthy to know that the MBC "B" crew comprised of 14/16 olds and their gritty performance left the Colombo camp dazed. The MBC "B" crew consisting of Karn Rao, Sharan Sanjay, Siddharth Sunil, Rohit Maradappa and coxed by Sanjay Gandhi is the youngest crew to have won a men's race in the Madras - Colombo Regatta history.
Men's 'A' Sculls: Sajeev De Silva (CRC) 3:52 beat Vishal Sudhakar (MBC) 3:55
Men's 'A' Double Sculls: Shehan Muthugala and Sajeev De Silva (CRC) 3:23 beat Vishal and Siddarth (MBC) 3:42