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University Boat Club hit the water for the 2022 BUCS Regatta

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This past weekend saw the University of Nottingham Boat Club attend the 3-day long BUCS Regatta at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. The Regatta is a highlight of the clubs season and a chance for the #GreenandGold to put their hard winter training to the ultimate test.

The regatta started on a beautifully calm lake, with 32 University of Nottingham crews prepped for the long weekend ahead. Saturday saw a big day for our women’s and novice squads, with the women’s intermediate 2- placing 3rd in the time trial and putting them into a prime position for the rest of the day. After winning their semi-final, the team headed into the A final against Durham and four Cambridge crews, and after an amazing effort, Katie Kearsey and Anna Kemsley managed to win the silver for Nottingham’s first medals of the regatta. Then, in the very next race, Grace Johnson and Georgie Thorpe were in the A final of the championship 2-. The race was a very tight affair across the whole course with the team just missing out, placing 6th with only 1 second separating them and the next two crews.

The women’s championship 4x also had a good race securing the bronze medal ahead of Durham for our 2nd set of medals of the day. At their very first regatta, the men’s 4+ and women’s 8+ had an exciting day with both boats securing 5th place. This is a huge step forward from BUCS Head where they both placed 14th and the teams are therefore are very excited for the rest of the season. Saturday’s final race was the intermediate men’s 8+ in the D final, where the crew raced well, placing 2nd which is once again a really good step forward for the team heading into the summer.

Sunday saw the senior men’s boats attending their first major day at the Regatta. One of the most exciting moments came in the repechage of the men’s championship 4-. With only 2 crews proceeding to the final, the Nottingham crew had a tough challenge ahead of them, but with 500m to go, they were in 3rd place behind Newcastle and London. With a surge in speed, the crew inched back on Newcastle to claim the 2nd place by a foot and land a place in the final. Moving into the final race, the squad put up a good race against crews from Brookes, Durham and Oxford, and placed 6th overall – a very good result.

Next up, Olivia Bates was racing in both the women’s championship 1x and championship lightweight 1x events on the same day. With exceptional rowing in both time trials, Olivia qualified straight for the A finals. In the lightweight event, Olivia lead the pack from the start, moving ahead of rival Imogen Grant from Cambridge to ultimately win gold! In the championship 1x, our #GreenandGold rower held off Grant once again to also add a silver medal to her tally, solidifying a fantastic weekend for Olivia!

The final highlight of the day came from our Novice Squad in the Women’s Beginner 4+. A neat row in the time trial put them in a strong position in the semi-final where they moved ahead of Edinburgh in the first 1000m and then held a 2nd place through the rest of the race behind Surrey. Moving into the final, the women’s crew had a difficult start falling behind the pack but through a steady rhythm brought it back to 3rd in the middle of the race. With a fantastic sprint at the end, the team clawed back lengths off 2nd, just failing to get ahead by the line but still securing a Bronze at their first ever Regatta!

It was a quieter day on Monday for the university’s crews, but with 9 still racing, the #GreenandGold supporters were out in force. The Women’s Ch4- had a tough category and just missed out on their A final due to a hard draw in their repechage where they pushed the opposition all the way to the line. The big event of the day was the men’s intermediate 4x’s with two of our three crews making the A final. The ‘A’ boat made a big move off the start and lead the pack, but with Edinburgh and Reading finding a higher midrace pace, the fight for bronze was between the two Nottingham crews and Bath. The ‘B’ crew had a late surge and just pushed ahead of Bath in the last 100m but couldn’t quite take the Nottingham ‘A’ crew who claimed a superb 3rd place, just 0.6 seconds ahead of our ‘B’ crew. It was an exciting race for both crews and shows the depth of the University of Nottingham Boat Club squad moving into the rest of the season.

Overall, the event was a hugely successful regatta for University of Nottingham Boat Club, with 16 crews into A Finals. The depth and talent of the Boat Club squad really shone through over the weekend, and the club would like to thank everyone who came down to support them this weekend, especially BUCS Co-Ordinator Lynn Turton, Club Development Officer Lyn Winkworth, and Sports Injury Clinic lead Sinead Lodge for their help in organising everything for the event. They would also like to thank the amazing coaching team at the University of Nottingham Boat Club, and are looking forward to the rest of the season and the potential it holds.

The club have produced a round-up of the event here which includes a full round-up of their results over the weekend. You can find out more about the University of Nottingham Boat Club by visiting their website and following them on social media.

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Posted on Thursday 5th May 2022

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