On the weekend of the 20th February, KCLBC made their way to Newcastle for their first BUCS Head in recent years. After a good start to the women’s season at Quintin Head, and with some good training laid down by all squads on the Tideway, it was an exciting chance to see where we were standing against the other university clubs.
Saturday saw the men’s novice 8+ racing in very tough conditions on the Tyne. This was their first head race and despite some strong winds they came an impressive 9th out of 34 – a great sign of things to come! The men’s senior 8 raced Sunday afternoon in tricky conditions of wind against tide. Despite a relatively inexperienced crew, they came 20th out of 48 crews. The senior 4’s did even better in the morning division, placing 7th and 21st out of 34 intermediate men’s crews. A good start to build on before men’s head in a few weeks.
The result of the weekend undoubtedly came from the women’s senior squad who placed 2nd out of 33 intermediate women’s 8+ crews, placing in between Newcastle (first) and University of London (3rd). Another tough race with a strong headwind made for interesting racing but it was great to see how our training on the Tideway had set us up for this. This is the first BUCS medal for KCLBC in a few years and we are looking forward to more at this years BUCS Regatta in May.
Thank you to all coaches and captains that made the weekend possible and such a success. A great sign of things to come and exciting times for KCLBC.
Our next race is WeHORR this Saturday where we will be cheering on 3 KCLBC women’s crews. The senior girls will be aiming to beat their 36th place from last year while taking another step closer to the other university 8’s entered. If you are free please do come along and support us along the course.