Nottingham City Regatta
Coming off BUCS regatta and into the exam period, athletes from UoNBC returned to the NWSC to compete at Nottingham City Regatta, first of the summer circuit regattas. Testing conditions challenged crews across the day as the wind that stayed away for BUCS came back with a vengeance, a strong tail for whipping up much of the course and getting worse over the event.
Kicking off the day the senior men boated in their fours, the coxed four being the first down for the club. Against a fast crew from Durham University the men pulled out a good second place, with clear water to the next crews in the field. With a couple of changes from the BUCS order the lightweights got back into the coxless four, handling the conditions well and bringing home the victory after a close first half of the race. Shortly after the heavyweights followed down in their coxless, with little time together they finished off third and rounded of the senior mens morning. Mike Trubshaw returned to the water in his single after debuting in the beginners event at BUCS, this time he came away 5th in the final after progressing through the heats. Finishing off the early races the lightweight womens double beginning their route to EUSA placed a strong 2nd behind a bigger and heavier NRC crew that medalled earlier in the month at Ghent regatta in Belgium.
With the wind picking up there were only a few more races for UoN crews. In her single Grace Fielding progressed nicely through the heats to the final, where she picked up third place in the last singles event of the day before they cancelled the rest. The novice women faced their first open regatta of the season, no longer under beginner for BUCS they were up against club and university crews, and raced well to gain some valuable experience in the conditions. The band 1 mens pair saw some informal seat racing for the senior squad, with 3 boats entered and racing in the final. Some pride on the line. As the wind swung round they picked up 2nd, 3rd, 4th and set the mark for next years pairs entry at the regatta. Our intermediate quad moved on from their BUCS performance to win in a good race.
The first event back after BUCS and a difficult one with deadlines and exams being juggled for many of the crews. It was a good start to the summer circuit and now squads move onto MET regatta down on Dorney lake.