After weeks of intensive training – blood, sweat and perhaps a few tears, our Senior Women’s VIII were ready to compete at WEHORR 2017. This is the first time an LUBC women’s squad has competed at this prestigious event since 2011.
Our Senior women’s cox, Amelia Robinson, gives her account of race:
” Although nerves and butterflies were flying round the crew, the general consensus was excitement. The excitement overcame our nerves as many alumni, some we knew and some we’d never met before, sent us messages of good luck and even came to help us boat. Once an LUBC member, always an LUBC member!
Race number on and picnic in the sun eaten it was time to head to the water, so many weeks of long intensive training sessions all leading to this one moment. Boating was a rush with only a 2 minute window to get into the river and begin rowing up past Barnes bridge, in this time we’d seen another boat get pulled onto the bridge buttress by the tide so again butterflies took over.
By far the marshalling area was the most difficult part of the race, constantly fighting the pull of the tide and avoiding collisions with other boats. I don’t think I’ve ever said “bow side watch your blades” so many times in my life! After about a 30 minute wait the race for our division 3 started. The girls had the perfect start with all 8 blades off the water and really using the stream to our advantage to get the speed on the boat. Before we knew it, we were rowing through Barnes Bridge to the shouts of “go on Lancaster” from the pub on the bank where many LUBC alumni and our trusty welfare officers were stationed.From then on in on every bridge screams for Lancaster really pushed the girls on through those power tens.
Just after Hammersmith Bridge Lancaster had reduced the distance between us and crew 116 and I knew this was it, time for the over take. Holding our line in the stream we rowed side by side with 116 and a final push for ten strong finishes got us clear of their bow. That was it, there was no stopping the Lancaster girls now they were pushing off the overtake and powering to the finish. As we crossed the finish line we could hear more shouts for Lancaster, the support was amazing!
While rowing back up to Chiswick we knew we were holding a position in the top 100 crews, it was a nerve racking experience waiting to find out how many crews behind us were faster. To finish 93rd was more than we could have ever dreamed of and it really finished off a great weekend with a bang!”
To come 93rd out of 321 crews is a fantastic achievement! We are very proud of our girls and hope to have more great results at WEHORR in the future.