Sunday saw us enter our first of many sprint races, facing off against our fiercest rivals on home-turf. The atmosphere was charged with both nervousness and excitement throughout the day, with everyone looking to make their mark at the first UH event. For some, proceedings did not go as hoped, with M2 losing their first race despite high hopes, the Men's Novice VIII having victory snatched from them at the eleventh hour and the Women's Novice VIII boat B being blighted by a loose gate. However, RUMSBC refused to leave the boat house empty handed that day and, thanks to the valiant efforts of the the Women's Novice VIII boat A, we were once again able to drown out the repetitive four-letter drones of the other clubs with a riotous chant of 'Middle, Middle, Middle' as they received their well-earned medals. Following a tiring day, we turned towards Waterloo to fill up on a bountiful supply of sausage and beer, to the point of overflowing in the case of our Novice Men's Captain. Once the day finally drew to a close, we all headed home in high spirits, eager to face our next challenge - Allom Cup!
Men’s Novice VIII
"With a new squad, the novice men turned to level with George's second team, and before we knew it the race had begun! After a surprisingly good start, we powered ahead of the opposition to claim an easy victory of three boat lengths. Feeling a new confidence in ourselves and still drenched head to toe, we raced RVC. Despite the race being closer than the last, the RUMS novice boys still managed a convincing victory. By the time the finals came round, we were clearly getting tired, and didn't start quite as strongly as the previous races. However, determined to claim our first medals, we pulled back against the Barts boat to reach a very close finish, which was interpreted as us being behind by half a length (not bitter). Still happy with our performance, we look forwards to racing again at the Allom cup!" - Alex Bloom, Seat 7
Women's Novice VIII Boat A
"Nerves in the boat were high as we lined up for our first race, hoping to take revenge against ICSM 2 following the other crew’s tragic mishap earlier. After a strong start and relatively clean row we won easily by over 2 lengths. Spurred on by this, we went into our next race against RVC feeling slightly more confident. The race was neck and neck, but we kept the power up despite shaky technique and managed to pull away at the end, putting us through to the final. Tensions rose once again in the run up to our race against Bart’s, but a decent start set us up about half a length ahead. Apparently we were too quick in thinking our days of crabbing were behind us as we unfortunately caught what has since been called a ‘baby crab’. Despite falling behind we weren’t ready to give up and dug deep, rowing a frantic second half of the race. With some loud shouts of encouragement from Greg, we just managed to edge out the other boat at the finish line, exhausted but ecstatic to have won our first medals." - Serena Lu, Stroke
Women's Novice VIII Boat B
"After an early rise to make it to our first race of the day, disappointment doesn’t quite cut it. Within the first few strokes in our race against ICSM one of our gates opened (probably due to how amazing our sprint was going to be) and we had to abandon ship. In our repechage race later in the day we gave GKT a run for their money, but didn’t manage to win due to a imbalance of power on either side of the boat in the first few strokes. Despite all this, we had a great day with the Boat Club and an even better time on the Pub Crawl. " - Eve Kerins, Stroke
Men’s Second VIII
"Going into our first sprints race of the year, M2 were optimistic about what we hoped would be a successful weekend. Promising training sessions in the preceding week and fresh of the back of a solid set of 2k’s, Sunday should have been a flying start to the RUMSBC men’s sprint season.
Come race day, It’s fair to say our preparation for the race was not ideal, and there was a sense of complacency that our first race against LSE would be a formality. However, it was clear from the start that we were in for a fight, as LSE flew of the line, and the start we had worked so hard on fell slightly flat. Despite this the crew fought hard throughout the first portion of the race and as we laid down more and more ‘big boy strokes’ we slowly but surely began to shorten the deficit until we were within a few seats and gaining. It was at this point that we were frustrated by a small crab which lost us speed and momentum, at this crucial moment with just a few hundred metres left in the race, we needed a calm and collected surge to fight our way back into contention. Alas, this came too late and RUMS fell agonisingly short of victory.
On what turned out to be a disappointing day, the crew take positives from the fact we were very narrowly beaten by a quick LSE crew that enjoyed a successful day. With Allom Cup only a week away, redemption is only round the corner and we head into the weekend knowing the crew has the potential for a medal winning performance, and it won’t be long before this potential is realised." - Alex Lane, Seat 5