The Senior Women went head to head with some of the world's best universities for an international showcase rowing regatta in China this summer.
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.
Over all BUCS 2016 was a huge success both on and off the water, as a squad the senior women have developed hugely and we are ready to go out there and prove ourselves in regattas to come.
With a 4:50am pickup, the Novice Women made their way up to Nottingham with sleepy eyes, but eager spirits, to compete in our first ever regatta. Little did we know that not one of our boats would complete in more than just the initial time-trial…
This was to be the toughest race of the season, with over 300 crews competing in the gruelling 6.7km head race.
All the long ergs and drinking ban had been worth it as we found out that the results put us as 43rd out of 320 crews.
Going in to the race we knew that a sprint of 6.8km would be the toughest race we would face all year. It was terrifying to think of, but once completed filled our girls with the greatest sense of pride and achievement, despite the difficulties faced both with injuries and damaged boats.