With the winter/spring long distance racing season behind us, club members have spent their weekends at East Park practicing their race starts and sprints in preparation for the beginning of regatta season where races move from the winter long distance processional time trials to the side by side sprint racing.
The first regatta of the season was York Spring Regatta, run by York City Rowing Club. 800 metres of side by side sprints though the heart of the city centre with crews entered from across Yorkshire, North East and even a crew from Thames Rowing Club in London!
We had two crews entered for what was a very full and busy regatta with Amy Hopson, Olivia Mukerjea, Charlotte Wilkinson, Shelly Main and Gavin Coates (coxing) in the Womens Novice Coxed Quad racing in the morning division and Charlotte Wilkinson and Shelly Main racing in the Womens Novice Double Scull in the afternoon division.
For half of the Womens Quad this was their first ever regatta and the whole quad handled their race incredibly well. A strong start and a good row, sadly beaten by a very well drilled and experienced York City junior crew, this was a great first regatta experience for Amy and Olivia.The double scull of Charlotte and Shelly had to contend with the deteriorating conditions in the afternoon division which had caused other scullers to capsize. Despite the harsh crosswind which affected their racing lane, they had a solid scull and the foundations for a strong sculling partnership have been created.For all of the club members, supporters and volunteers who came along it was a fantastic day – a big thanks to York City Rowing Club for a great event and special thanks to Bradford Amateur Rowing Club for the loan of a quad and double to help us race.As always a huge well done to the athletes who raced and special thanks to Dave who transported the blades over.Next races coming up… York again and then Bradford!