After our successes last year we are determined to push even harder this year to achieve some of the best results the club has ever seen!
The beginners had a slower start to the year with many of their first races being cancelled due to poor weather including BUCS Head. However, both men and women’s crews put in good performances at Head of the River and Women’s Head of the River. After training camp with the rest of the club, they too were also able to enter numerous boats into BUCS Regatta. Success for the beginners came at the end of the year at Weybridge Ladies and Walton and Weybridge Regatta with many of their crews reaching the finals and the Men’s coxed four securing pots after winning their final.
After starting the year strong at local heads such as Kingston Small Boats Head and Monmouth Head, the club slowly became stronger and stronger. The Intermediate Women put in a good performance at Women’s Head of the River, coming in the Top 20 in their category. With a whole club training camp at Easter in Kent the intermediates progressed well and were able to enter numerous boats at BUCS with the women entering some boats at Champ level and the Men’s 4x winning their final. The year also ended well with Surrey’s first ever women’s crew entering Women’s Henley in a coxed four.
The Senior Crew had an upsetting start to the year after not doing as well as hoped at BUCS, mainly due to weather conditions. However after this, the Crew went from strength to strength which is particularly seen through the summer regatta season. Most notably, our own Harry Glenister and Alastair Douglass competed with a Molesey boat at Henley Royal Regatta securing them a win for the Wyfold Cup. Since this, Harry and Ali have been USBC’s ‘dream team’. Ali was given the opportunity to row for Great Britain’s under 23 lightweight 4- who achieved a bronze medal, coached by yet another one of our own, Franz Imfled (USBC Senior Coach). And to finish off the year, Harry and Ali were the first USBC boat to be entered for the European University Rowing Championships who managed to come win their B-Final.
After these massive achievements from USBC, the only way is up and we cannot wait for the new season to start! #yeahsurrey