Peterborough Summer Regatta 9th-10th August 2008

Saturday – 1000m

Mens S4 IVs – After our good run at St Neots we had one crew in this category. They crew came up against some very strong crews from Thames, Oxford City and Hertfordshire Uni. The squad fought hard all the way down the course and were very unlucky not to qualify to the next round.

Womens S4 IV – There were two crews in this category. The first crew to race found themselves against strong crews from Peterborough and Milton Keynes. The crew lost by a just over a length but should take comfort in that they had never rowed as a crew before and had one non-rower in their midst!
The second crew were racing against Staines and Cambridge 99. Again a tough heat and although the crew didn’t make it through they showed their fighting spirit and ability to be able to work as a team.

Womens S3 2x – Made it through to reportage but unfortunately didn’t make it through to the final.

Sunday – 500m

Well the weather proved to be a challenge to all crews and was as we say typically English – stong winds, rain, grey and overcast which progressively got worse over time. Spirits however were not dampened as all had enjoyed a good evening, watching the laid on entertainment from other rowing clubs.

Mens S4 – The crew competing set out with revenge on their minds to prove we are a 500m club to be reckoned with. They had a storming victory over Leeds University but lost in a tough second heat.

Mens S3 – The crew competing rowed better on the second day and just missed out to qualifying to a strong RAF and Warwick crew.

Womens S4 IV – The crew found themselves deservingly through to the final. They fought hard but unfortunately lost to some very strong opposition.

Womens S3 2x – Should have qualified but Karen spectacularly caught two consistent crabs!

Mixed S3 2x – Decided to take on the challenge for their first mixed race and Matt’s first skulling event. They fought hard but lost to a very impressive Imperial crew.

Although no wins for the club we still proved to be very competitive and we should be all proud of our efforts. All would agree that the standard at this year’s event was impressive and gave (certainly a few of us) the inspiration to train harder and to come back with a vengeance at the next regatta.

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