On the weekend of 20th and 21st October, CUW headed down to Dorney to compete in the Diamond Jubilee Rowing Championships. Four weeks into the training program, the regatta gave us the ideal opportunity to test ourselves against some of the top university and club crews in the country.
Heats consisted of a 1900m time trial, which kicked off at 11am on the Saturday for the two coxless fours. Both fours put in gutsy performances coming joint 7th (joint 2nd W under23 4-) and 12th, with both progressing to the A/B semi finals. In the semis, both crews felt they developed a more solid rhythm and finished in 4th and 6th place, qualifying for the B final. The final brought some more close and competitive racing and ultimately finished with a 3rd in the W under 23 4- event (8th 4- overall) and 12th in the open women’s 4-.
Sunday brought the turn of the 8s. Again, solid performances in the time trials saw the Hudson finishing 6th (3rd uni 8+) and the Empacher 10th (6th uni 8+). Some exciting battles took place in the semis, with the Empacher fighting to gain a place back from the time trial results and finishing 4th to make the B final and the Hudson finishing 3rd, qualifying for the A final. In the B final, some great commitment was shown by the Empacher crew who moved through crews in the last 500m to finish 8th (4th uni 8+), two places up from their time trial position. Another aggressive race from the Hudson crew saw some close racing right to the line, resulting in a 3rd university/under 23 8+ position (5th 8+ overall).
All in all, some good results were gained from the weekend as well as some valuable racing experience in an amazing location. We can now take back some points learnt from the weekend and put this into our training in preparation for four’s head in three weeks time. Especially well done to the novice steerers of the coxless fours for some very well steered races and lane buoy avoidance!!