Our first race of 2018 took us to the Highlands to compete in the combined Inverness JBT Winter Head and Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Championships. A bright but brisk Saturday morning saw the men’s intermediate/R2 8+ take to the Caledonian Canal. Having trained hard they rowed well placing 3rd in the SSS Championships. Steffan Jones was next to take the water, racing in the Intermediate and R2 category for his single. Having not rowed this boat for several months he took it as a practice yet still came a respectable 2nd in SSS Championship, missing gold by 2 seconds!
The second division saw the women’s intermediate/R2 8+ take to the water, after some intense training they used their strength and team spirit to fly down the course taking gold in the SSS event! Another gold was achieved by the men’s double in the SSS event beating our rival club Stirling University, setting Dundee in good stead for our annual race TayForth in March. Fraser Jefferies was the last to take to the course, racing his novice single finishing in 4th place. Fraser is looking forward to developing his single for the upcoming regatta season.
After a food and laughter filled evening with our Highlander hosts, Sunday brought more success for DUBC. First up was a composite quad with two Dundee men – Ross Morrison and Steffan Jones and two Herriot-Watt men, as a scratch crew they raced well together coming in 2nd place. Next up, our novice men completed the course in 18.47 minutes placing 4th. Having rowed well they came off with a smile on their faces and areas to improve on before they take the BUCS course next weekend. The final crew in the first division was the women’s intermediate/R2 4+. From their win the previous day, they were on high spirits and were keen to add to the medal total. Starting off well, they pushed further and further away from Strathclyde University and gained on Edinburgh University. This continued throughout the race placing them in 1st in both the Inverness head race and the SSS event (beating the R1 Edinburgh crew by 1 second)! These girls are looking forward to a strong race at BUCS. Rounding off the weekend with the last race was the Men’s Intermediate/R2 4+. The other competitors proved to be very strong and with the snow, hail and wind against them they battled through the course coming in 4th place. These boys have already analysed where improvements need to be made before they also take on the BUCS head.
After a hugely successful weekend we would like to send a huge thank you to Inverness Rowing Club for organising once again a brilliant event. The results have truly reflected the hard work and dedication from the athletes, coaches and captains and we’re all looking forward to adding to the trophy cabinet with the upcoming season. Bring on BUCS!