20th October, Nottingham Autumn Head
UEABC fielded two Mens Coxed Fours, unfortunately having to scratch our Mens double due to illness. With a very small entry of just four crews in the 4+ division it was disappointing to see our main competition for the day, Nottingham Uni, also scratch their crew due to illness. Now down to three crews, two of which being UEA, the pressure was now on to beat the third crew: Birmingham RC.
With an incredibly fast stream and a terribly tough headwind the race was a mixed bag, however one of our crews managed to step on the gas and finish in first place, taking home their second win of the season.
Both crews are now working at full pace to prepare for Fours HoRR, at the end of November. The first big test against the rest of the country.
4th-8th September, BUCS Sculling Camp, Caversham
From the 4th to the 8th September, four of our Men’s Squad attended the GB Rowing Centre at Caversham for the BUCS Sculling Camp. Following their assessment day at the end of June, Ollie Barnes, Calum Jenkins and Zachariah Oglesby were invited back to Caversham to continue their focused development as potential high-performance athletes in the GB programme. A development programme to highlight beginner rowers with potential, the camp develops their basic skills in single sculls through the week leading up to 1k time trials and races on the Sunday.
All three athletes trained in the middle group for Men (limited experience in sculls) through the week, being coached by Jamie from Worcester Uni and Meg from Hallam Uni. The boys performed well on the ergo and the bodyweight tests and although they may have binned it a few times on the water, all three did well on their water skills assessment.
Come Sunday, the athletes performed similarly on the water. Ollie Barnes finished top out of the three in the time trial, being seeded into the AB Semi, with Calum and Zach being seeded into the CDE Semis. Barnes came 4th in his Semi, narrowly missing out on 3rd (and the A Final) by only half a length. Calum and Zach both walked their Semis being seeded into the C Final. Barnes pulled hard and finished in 3rd place in the B final; Jenkins and Zach raced each other in Lanes 1 and 2 and finished 4th and 5th respectively in the C Final.
Our Men’s Captain, Callum Bland, attended the camp as a coach and worked with the middle group for Women. Working alongside Tim from British Rowing and Alex from Birmingham Uni, Callum worked with his athletes all week finishing on the Sunday with one of his athletes winning the B Final. Callum has taken all he has learnt from the week and is now using it to run the Men’s Squad.
24th June 2019, GB Rowing Talent Confirmation Day
After registering interest at BUCS Regatta 2019, three of our Men’s Squad were invited to a follow up assessment at the GB Rowing National Training Centre at Caversham. Namely: Zachariah Oglesby, Calum Jenkins and Oliver Barnes all attended the assessment day at the end of June. Taking part in ergo tests, and a gruelling test on the schwinn bike, all three athletes have furthermore been invited back to Caversham at the start of September for a sculling camp.
1st June 2019, Peterborough Spring Regatta
UEABC entered a Men’s Open 4+, a Men’s Open 8+ and a Women’s Open 4+. The Men’s 4+ was seeded into Band 3 and the Men’s 8+ was seeded into Band 1, the Women’s 4+ was seeded into Band 3.
The women’s four came second in their semi Final, just being beaten by Sheffield Hallam University. Unfortunately, the crew hit trouble in the final when a footplate came clean out, forcing the boat to stop and cross the finish line in last place.
The M4+ were optimistic with their Band 3 seed, feeling they had a good shot at taking the win in the final. The crew walked their semi-final, putting clear water between themselves and second place. Avoiding the repechage, the crew went straight into the final. Whilst wary of another four who had put down a better time in their semi-final, the M4+ were calm on the start line. Getting their canvas ahead by ten seconds into the race it was clear UEABC were going to take the win, crossing the finish line three lengths ahead of second place. The crew ended up recording the fastest time of the day, so would have stayed competitive in the Band 1 Mens 4+.
The highlight of the day and perhaps the year came in the Men’s Eight. Seeded into Band 1 the crew were sceptical of how they would perform. In the semi, UEA fought canvas to canvas from lane 4 to lane 1 against a strong Cambridge 99s crew, a crew who had beaten UEA by 2 seconds at Cambridge Autumn Head. After 1000m it was UEA who took a comfortable lead and went straight into the final. Sat on the start line for the final, it was clear UEA would have a fight on their hands. Sat in Lane 2, they had the 99s crew on their right and a very impressive Cantabrigian crew on their left. The race was bowball for bowball from start to finish, with UEA and Cantabs fighting to get their boat ahead, both crews leaving the 99s crew completely behind. With UEA a canvas ahead at 600m Cantabs made their push and UEA dropped down a couple seats, however UEA were the crew who wanted the win the most. Digging deep for the last 100m UEA crossed the finish line 0.3 seconds ahead of the Cantabs crew. As this was the last race for many of the crew, it meant a lot to the Men’s squad to take two first place finishes in one day.
Race Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0E6SThwFVs