On the 12th November, 7 of our crews, the largest contingent we have sent in a number of years, traveled to London to race on the Head of the River course in a combination of sweep and sculling boats.
Starting highest up the order our women's elite lightweight quad, comprised of fresh recruits to the club, set down the target for the day, finishing 2nd in their category and moving on again from their result at the British Championships. With little time together in the lead up to the event the next two women;s crews put on a good performance with the IM1 4- taking 4th place in a competitive group, and the IM2 4+ pulling together to finish comfortably in the top half of theirs. And finally a quad who unfortunately damaged their boat when boating, bending the fin, making the tideway particularly difficult to steer!
The men's crews finished close together with a high level of results across the board. Leading off, the quad came away 18th in a category containing some of the best sculling clubs in the country. With time away from the boat to practice in their singles for trials the IM1 4- pulled off 5th in the group, 84th overall, a strong result for a lightweight crew in changeable conditions. The final boat, IM2 4+ recovered from a disrupted build as well with a 4th place in a hotly contested category and 88th overall. Another successful weekend and now the squads re-consolidate in the lull between races, beginning work towards the next event, and putting in more groundwork for the bigger events to come.
Women's Captain comment: 'The results at Fours Head have been brilliant. It's always great to race on the tideway in such a big event where you are competing against some top clubs. It excites me to see such potential in a squad, which will hopefully go on to have an exceptional year.'