University Eights in Brno (CZ) – tradition renewed

The Czech town of Brno has two universities, the Technical University and the Masaryk University. In 1937, the two universities raced each other in eights for the first time.

World War II came in between.

The race was held again in 1946 and in 1947.

The communist took over power. Rowing was an “elite” sport and the universities race did not happen any more.

Last year, in 2015, our club ČVK Brno, organized the “zeroth” edition of the renewed university eights, which was won by the Technical University.

This year, we have enhanced the program. On Friday, the two local universities race each other. Tomorrow, on Saturday, we have three more eights. There will be 1:1 heats, repechages, semifinal and final.

The race is rowed on the river Svratka. Narrow, and twisty. The entire event is pretty small. Here is a video impression.