UH novice sprints are the first Sprint races in the RUMSBC season and are unique in that they are held for Novice boats only.
The first race of the day was the Novice Boys against a crew from the Royal College of Vet’s both crews looked strong and together. A start that the boys would have been less than happy about put them on the back foot in this race, but through sheer power and determination they were able to push their boat past the self proclaimed medic bashers to take a victory of about 2 boat length. Victorious they were able to row back to the boat house to have a short rest.
Winning their first race put them through to the next round, the semi-finals, the crew with the privilege of facing them was Barts and the London who had put in the effort to beat ICSM 3rds in their heat. The boys had a much better start this time, were able to push in the power and win easily by about 3 boat lengths, a truly impressive display putting them through to the final.
Next up it was time for the women, having had a buy into the semi-finals they were able to have a bit of a lie in before coming down for their first race, again it was against Barts and the London, this was a much closer race than the boys just scraping through the win by a canvas. A win none the less. This put them through into the final which meant that the UH categories were DOMINATED by RUMSBC.
The finals were due to take place after lunch so the crews rested and recovered, cheered on some other crews before getting their heads back into the game.
After lunch was a rapid fire set of races, the repecharge finals were up first, giving the opportunity for those crews that had a bad luck in the draw to redeem themselves. After that came the UH novice sprints finals. The Women went first, drawn against a crew from St. Georges Medical School who are a strong force in UH and beyond. Disaster struck at the start when an incorrectly closed gate meant that a blade was lost, once they got the blade back in the gate they were able to start going pulling back a boat length but unable to save the race. A massive disappointment for the girls but entirely expected from a crew who have only rowed for 2 months.
The display the boys gave was on a completely different level. Drawn up against the unstoppable force that is ICSMBC the boys were nervous. Their rowing had improved throughout the day and they had reached a stage in the competition far beyond where they had hoped. They boated with the aim of doing their bests and their bests they did. It turns out the boys had no reason to doubt themselves, storming ahead to win by 2 boat lengths.
What a way to end a day, with their medals slung around their necks the Novices and the seniors that stuck by to support went off to celebrate on the infamous UH Novice Sprints Pub Crawl.
The entire club is incredibly proud of the performance of both crews; reaching the final is achievement enough winning is the icing on the cake.
Last Sunday mornings was a triumph for RUMSBC a sign of more to come maybe? Especially with Allom Cup around the corner. Well done to all crews for taking part, congratulations go to the Men’s Novice Squad, their Captain Johannes Staufenberg and their Cox Marcus Ghosh.