With the cancellation of the Yorkshire Head of the River race due to rising river levels in York, the club has not had a huge opportunity to race this year.
Determined to make up for this and with our newly purchased coxed four giving club members some good incentive to get some crew training under their belts, the club travelled to Lincoln to race at Lincoln Head.
This is the first time the club had raced at Lincoln so it was a great opportunity for the club to race against crews from outside the Yorkshire Region.
The Men’s/Junior four of George, Rob, Oscar, Max with Charlotte as cox had a good row given their training in the four was restricted to one session per week, coming second to a very experienced (and not so novice) Leicester crew.
Not to be outdone in Division Two, the Women’s/Junior four of Shelly, Claire, Liz, Katy and Charlotte coxing had a great row but were up against some very experienced opposition from Peterborough. Most pleasing was the fact this was Claire’s first race after completing last summer’s Learn to Row course.
So all hopes for a win rested on Bob and Dave in their Masters H double scull and they did not disappoint! Up against a very strong crew from Nottingham they took the win (setting up a likely rematch later in the season at the British Masters Championships!) meaning that it was the Masters who kept the flag flying for the club.
It was a great event at Lincoln and a huge thanks has to go to both Lincoln and Ancholme Rowing Clubs for loaning us boats to race in on the day.
After the large club entry for Lincoln Head, the first regatta of this season was a much quieter affair with just Bob and Dave racing in their double at York.
The age old (no pun intended) problem of a lack of similar age opposition rose it’s head and Bob and Dave ended up racing in a Masters H/J double sculls event against York City with York having the age and handicap advantage over Hull.
Unfortunately this time around the handicap proved a couple of seconds too far over the distance for Bob and Dave and they lost by a couple of lengths to the York crew. Despite the result, it was another good experience for both of them in their first season of racing together and another marker laid down for looking at racing at the British Masters Rowing Championships in June.