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On the 25th March, we welcomed crews from Zen, House of Zen, MKB Law and Bridge Commercials for a corporate fun day.
The day kicked off with introductions to the boathouse and the equipment, followed by a coached session on the water. The weather was kind to us and for the first time in seemed an age, the Lagan was drenched in sunshine.
Having been coached through the basics and with all crews rowing as one, we broke for refreshments ahead of an afternoon of racing.
The races took the form of quick sprints, from the Governor's Bridge back to the pontoon. The crew from Bridge Commercial were victorious in the end.
Our thanks go to all the teams for coming down and giving rowing a try as well as to Eddie Fung for providing prizes and food on the day.
We're immensely grateful for the generous support from all four businesses to Queen's Rowing. Their generosity will help us to achieve more on the water and we hope to welcome them back in the future.
More good news from Cork as Miles Taylor and Nathan Hull both took 2nd place in the U23 Lightweight 2X and the U23 2X respectively.
Back on Tyneside, race conditions had deteriorated somewhat and the remaining races were shortened to 3km. The Intermediate Men's 8+ got the afternoon's racing underway, along with a crew of Novice men, taking the opportunity to come up against a higher quality of competition. The Novices embraced the wilder conditions to post a time of 9.35.7, coming 37th out of a field of more than 80 Intermediate crews. A sign of how far they've come since taking up the sport in September.
The Intermediate men came 10th with a time of 8.37.7, which would have seen them come 7th in the Championship category. A sign of how the standard of Intermediate rowing continues to rise year on year across UK Universities.
After some thankfully unfounded fears of the remaining races being cancelled, the final two crews to race set off up the course. By this stage the Tyne had become more of a gauntlet than a race course. Rough water and powerful flow made for the most testing conditions of the weekend.
The Women's Championship Lightweight 4- were first to race. With a time of 10.12.1, the came 5th, a fantastic result in gruelling conditions. Finally, the Women's Intermediate 4+ were the last Queen's crew to race. Battling down the course, they came 4th with a time of 10.33.1, a gut-wrenching 1.5 seconds off the bronze medal position. An agonisingly difficult result to take but an exceptionally good row, and in time, no doubt a powerful source of inspiration for the rest of their season.
And so ended the weekend's racing. Boats were broken, trailers were packed and the club set off back to Belfast with much to celebrate. With 15 crews entered, 12 finished in the top 10, 9 finished in the top 5, and 4 won medals. This was a remarkably strong performance from the club as it continues it's resurgence, something that hasn't gone unnoticed across the water, with plenty offering congratulations and expressing delight at Queen's being back competing amongst the top rowing Universities of the UK.
It was a fine, sunny spring day for the 2011 Lagan Head of the River. There were three sets of races, with many entries from school clubs and few from universities outside Queen's. Nevertheless, the competition provided a good environment for every squad to test their fitness and stamina, if only for a race against the clock.In the first set of races of scullers and doubles, the Queen's Women's Intermediate 2-, steered by Alex Greene, was the first women's crew to finish with a time of 12:00. Queen's Men's rower Aaron Kernohan placed 9th amongst the scullers with a time of 12:29. The next set of races were pairs and fours, and the Queen's Men's Intermediate 4, coxed by Harry Davies, finished second overall with a time of 10:10, ten seconds off the winners, Bann Rowing Club. The Queen's Men's Novice 4, coxed by Chris Gray, finished fourth with a time of 10:54. The Queen's Women's Novice 4 was again the first women's crew to finish with a time of 12:34. In the final set, the race to win the Men's 8 could be seen as a time trial between the two top Queen's Men's crews. Each had been given their own set of instructions from Head Coach, Mark Fangen-Hall, as to how to approach the race. The result was QUBBC Senior 8 A, coxed by Harry Davies, finishing first with a time of 13:31, closely followed by QUBBC Senior 8 B, coxed by Lauren Owens, at 13:50. QUBBC Novice 8 B crew, coxed by James Byrne, finished fifth at 15:19, and QUBBC Novice 8 A crew, coxed by Chris Gray, following at 17:05. The Queen's Women's Intermediate 8, coxed by Ellen Thompson, was once again the first women's crew to finish with a time of 16:05. The QUBLBC Novice 8, coxed by Alfa Yu, was not so far behind with a time of 16:28. Overall, respectable performances by all Queens' crews, with notable competitiveness between Men's Senior A and B crews as well as Women's Intermediate and Novice crews. This should keep all rowers in these boats on their toes as the rowing season advances.