We had 16 oarsmen race at our local head, and again two 8s race at Cam Kennedy’s (Bristol University Head of Rowing) fantastic ‘Head of a river race’ BBQ afternoon at Saltford on the cancellation of the tideway event. We had 14 oarsmen put in some big miles and quality pieces at our 3rd big weekend training camp of the season, at Wycliffe – thanks again Greg and Nick for having us. Following injury two oarsman made it back in to the top boats before and after Met regatta. Thanks to Monmouth for having us that winter weekend. We laid down some great training at Henley following Reading. Thanks to Chris and others for towing at various times!
A significant number of the squad managed to get a 2k pb, even with it being far from the primary objective of the training at that time. I don’t think anyone left a stone unturned in the process and so everyone can be satisfied that we achieved our maximum speed potential within the squad last season. I have the utmost respect for all. It was highly competitive internally and everyone played their part in the end results. Naturally, everyone wants more…and knows how tough it is to go faster…But of course it is possible…
Of our 8 oarsman racing at HRR, it was a first qualifying and race win for three of our ‘B 4’, in one of the highlight races of the whole regatta! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oneMKHrujSw&t=273s and a first win for two of our ‘A 4’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnPSAv_uPT0
Men’s captain James Wadsworth explained to me how these have been the best results in many years at the club, particularly at HRR with one crew pre-qualified, and a second crew qualified, and winning Wednesday round 1 races. On the Thursday round 2 races we were beaten by Haberfield (Australia) who made it to the semi finals and Sport Imperial who went on to win the Wyfolds.
Members of the club put in a vast amount of time and energy. BBC local radio interviewed the club. The junior, novice, senior men and women who make up the vibrant and buzzing City of Bristol squads are a seriously impressive and dedicated bunch. If you would like to be a part of fund raising for the new boathouse project please get in touch! Check out some campaign material here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvEFrQZadOU&feature=youtu.be