Womens Eights Head of the River Race
The women’s squad has had a pretty successful year with w1 able to rest pretty comfortably near the top of UH events, but the poor training conditions at the start of 2014 meant that their strengths were likely to be tested.
W1 put on a very strong race, having had just one outing together as a crew which was the morning before, they hoped that they could build upon their performance from Hammersmith Head. Unfortunately, even the clean performance given was not enough to hold the UH at bay, with RUMSBC coming out on the wrong side of an incredibly close 3 second difference, this over a period of 20 minutes is the smallest of margins so could have gone in any direction.
No one wants to use the womens novice boat, even the novices seem to be able to attest to that. However it was there for the crew when their own boat was taken out of service the week of wehorr. The w2 placed at 168 were a lot higher than they had finished in previous years, a good race was had. Unconfirmed reports were that the 2nds had arranged an in-boat DJ who provided entertainment for the long row back, other crews are considering doing the same in the next races.
All in all the crews are in a good position to start heading into BUMPS season.
For this race it goes to Maja Donaldson, she may be racing for the purple 2nds but underneath she is still yellow and blue. Congratulations to her and the UL 2nds for their strong performance. See here for Details
Crew Positions and Times ( Full Results)
W1 – Finishing Position 150 in a time of 21minutes 16seconds and 44ms
W2 – Finishing Position 225 in a time of 22minutes 38seconds and 46ms
Kingston Head 2014
M1 Kingston Head 2014
What a day and what a race. A trip further west than we are normally used to meant this race started off by feeling like a RUMSBC big day out! With a week to go before HORR Kingston head is an integral part of the pre-race buildup. Being in an earlier category M1 had the 2nds up on Kingston road bridge cheering them on as they came through into the final few hundred metres and they looked pretty strong. Reports from the crew suggested a shaky start but a quick settle allowed them to race their own race and get the time they wanted. Unfortunately for both crews their main rivals ICSMBC were absent and were unable to view the new sculpted M1 crew. M2 were a little later in the day, with a great start and a great settle the 8 guys and their cox worked brilliantly responding together down the course. Shortening up as their energy reserves dwindled they were urged on by cheers from M1 as they enjoyed a drink on the river side.
Two mentions for this race first to the Mens captain Louis Robertson for all the hard work he had to put in to make this race happen, we hope that the results on the day were worth all that effort. Second mention goes to Maria Vakle for some great coxing in her very first race. Keep it up.
Results ( Full Results)
M1 – 12th out of 25 in IM3.8+ in a time of 15:47.52
M2 – 6th out of 21 in Nov. in a time of 16:16.53
Stay Tuned, this Saturday RUMSBC takes on the tideway. See Head of the River Race for Crew roster and spectator information. Hope to see and hear you all on Saturday!