Racing at Kingston got off to a good start for the Development Squad’s first regatta with wins in both W.IM2.8+ and W.IM3.4+ in the morning session. The novice 8+ were unlucky to lose to the eventual winners in their heat.
During the lunchtime break, the Women’s Diamond Jubilee Sprint Eights were held, and CUWBC set about defending their title from last year. The 350m course, provided an opportunity to test speed and power over a a much shorter distance. The crew faced Putney Town in the first round and after a clean start at rate 40, they built an early lead. Settling onto a strong and steady rhythm at 35, they won fairly comfortably. They had to immediately spin and return to the start for the final against the host crew Kingston. Having defeated Kingston in the earlier IM2 eights event, they were hopeful for victory. Once again, they had a good start, and found an even more powerful rhythm, eventually settling to a strong 33-34. The feeling in the boat was remarkably calm despite the short distance, with everyone committing to long strokes in the water and avoiding a sense of rush. They won by clear water.
The afternoon session brought more wins in W.IM3.8+ and W.Nov.4+ categories. The day provided useful racing experience for the whole squad, and those who didn’t manage to pick up a pot will be raring to go next weekend.
The squad will be racing this coming Saturday at Molesey Amateur Regatta and would appreciate any support if you’re in the area. The draw can be found here.