BUCS regatta, the largest student regatta in Europe, was held over the last weekend of April at the National water sports centre in Nottingham. For the novice mens squad, this consisted of the beginners coxed fours event held on Saturday, and the beginners eights on Sunday. This was to be the first event of the regatta season, and the boys were eager to kick it off with a good result.
Everyone was very excited for a variety of reasons; for some it was their first time at BUCS, others were hoping for new club records whilst Steve was just overjoyed the three women he loved would all be in Nottingham with him at the same time.
The advice that I'm about to give has cost me 2 years of a 3 year course. I'm writing this because I wish that someone had written this for me when I was a fresher. It would have saved me a lot of time, frustration, and disappointment. If you read this, and be mindful of its advice in your years ahead, you will do much better than many of us.