Updated: Jul 15
A few weekends ago (12/13 June), Sheffield University Rowing Club attended our first race since COVID-19 at Durham Regatta. We took a range of Senior and Novice crews, and despite COVID-19 regulations, had a thoroughly enjoyable and successful weekend in the sun.
It was great to see all squads working together to get boats out on time, show support, and generally ensure the weekend ran smoothly.
Durham Regatta was another success for the Senior Women, seeing 2 crews take home wins. On Saturday, the 8+ competed in the second division, and successfully beat Lancaster Uni, Cambois and Tyne Amateur Boat Club.
On Sunday, in the first division, the Championship 4- took on the long course and despite the difficult steering, won the first race and were then knocked out by a senior Newcastle University crew. Despite the loss, the girls had a great race and looked strong and composed. Also in the first division, a coxed four raced but were unable to finish due to technical issues with the steering.
In the afternoon, the coxless quad also won, beating Sunderland City, Edinburgh University and QEHS.
The women had a very successful weekend racing and came home with some positive results ahead of BUCS Regatta.
Jon Taylor raced in the Open 1x, where he came away with the win, defeating Durham Amateur Rowing Club, QEHS and finally the University of York.
Rob Way and Isaac Murray got knocked out of the Open 2x in the first round against University of Edinburgh but had a good race against strong competition.
Two Senior Mens coxed fours competed in the Non-Champ categories, both A and B boats clinched the wins in their respective categories. All crews were very successful against all the crews they challenged.
Due to COVID-19 it was the first ever regatta for four of the Senior Men, despite this, they showed great composure to all come away with wins in their categories.
Durham Regatta was the Novice Women’s first experience of racing. Despite racing in the intermediate category and lack of race experience, the girls set a solid rhythm and gained critical race experience before BUCS Regatta.
Two fours were entered in the first division on Saturday against Leeds University Boat Club and Tyne Amateur Boat Club, and despite the difficult competition both crews had a strong race. In the second division that day, the eight also had a good race against Butler College’s crew.
Many girls showed great fitness and composure to race in both divisions. The impressive in person and lockdown training puts them in good stead for BUCS Regatta. Overall a great performance and a good step on the road BUCS.
Much like the Novice Women, this was the first time racing for the Novice Men. The 8+ in the first division showed great promise. They came up against a solid college crew and won in the first round then got knocked out by a stronger University of York crew after but pushed them hard the first half of the race. In Saturday’s afternoon division, two fours were entered and were both knocked out against University of York and Edinburgh University. Despite competing against more experienced rowers, it was a great first race in a four and looks positive for BUCS Regatta.
Overall, the Novice Men handled their first race exceptionally well and we are hopeful for some good results at BUCS Regatta.