Metropolitan Regatta 2009

Two of the women’s crews took part in this year’s Metropolitan Regatta, held in glorious weather at Dorney. A very early start, leaving MKRC at 6:00 (think about what time we had to get up!) and a easy run down to Dorney got us there in plenty of time for registration by 8:00. Both crews were rowing in IM3, in Heats 2 and 3 (of 3).

First off was the crew of Charlene, Jo, Lindy and Steph, with Yemin coxing. Despite not having their best start, they soon stormed into the lead and proceeded to dominate the heat, winning easily to go through to the final.

The second crew (Helen J, Paula, Becks and Clare, coxed by Karen) didn’t fare as well, but had their preparation badly disrupted by getting a ridiculous official warning for being late to the start. The reason they were late – another marshal prevented them from rowing down. So, they either were late and got a warning or ignored a marshal and, er, got an official warning. It’s called communications guys! This really upset the crew and they had a poor start and struggled to make up the lost ground and came in last of the four boats. Despite this, a good showing considering they qualify easily as a Vet B crew!

So to the final. I wasn’t actually there (we’d shot off for a training session at Danesfield) so this is a second hand report. A better start this time saw them well in the leading pack, with them placed second at the halfway stage. The eventual winners, Edinburgh Uni, were well ahead but our crew fought all the way through to the finish, finally losing out to Marlow and Cardiff Uni but beating Star and Bristol convincingly. They felt it was a good race but reflected on the lack of distance training we can get in – if we had a 2k stretch to train on, maybe they wouldn’t have been rowed through at the end? Still, coming in as the second club crew at the Met is very, very impressive. Nice that a coach from one of the other Unis actually took time out to say how well they rowed.

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