The Senior Men began the year welcoming several freshers to the squad with previous rowing experience and also had some members move up from novice to seniors.
The first race of the season, the Senior Men placed 8th in our category at 4s head, and then placed 6th in our category at UBBC head.
At welsh indoors the Senior Men brought home medals in both Open and Lightweight 2ks, and also in the mixed relay with the senior women.
The Senior Women started the year by welcoming a strong group of existing seniors, freshers, and previous years’ novices which has bought in a wealth of high quality rowers to the senior squad.
The first race of the season was 4s Head, followed by UBBC Head, at which the Senior Women’s 8 placed 2nd in our category.
Unfortunately, due to event cancellation, we missed out on racing at Monmouth Head but we look forward to joining Monmouth RC at their 2018 Summer Regatta.
Due to adverse weather conditions, Reading Head was also cancelled, but we with upcoming races, training has not been for nothing.
The Senior Women also got some great results at Welsh Indoor Rowing Competition, taking 2nd and 3rd place and 1st and 3rd place in the open and light-weight student 2k respectively.
We’ve now got our sights set on WeHoRR, Varsity and all the fun of Regatta season!
In September 2017 about 60 girls and 25 men started training with the CURC Novice programme and, although since then numbers have dropped, those who remain work hard together in 7-9 training sessions a week to build their rowing technique, endurance and strength. And not without results – although it was mostly CURC novice women who took the highest rankings in the Welsh Indoor Rowing championships 1km beginners with two girls even reaching 1st and 3rd place, the novice men pulled through with strong 1k and 2k times.
During the first term, teams from both squads of the new rowers also got their first experience racing on water at the UBBC Head Race, where they showed both their athletic and mental abilities with the men bringing in a strong place and bringing home 7th. Those who have not raced yet are looking forward to the races during Spring semester and each of the remaining rowers are working hard towards the second semester “big ones” – WEHORR, Varsity and BUCS races
Both novice teams are bonding very well both within the teams and across teams