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Boat Club Continues Record Breaking Year

Published 1st May 2012

Semester One was one of the most successful starts to an academic season in USBC history, and Semester Two did not disappoint with even more records being set for the club.


The first race for the club was the 4.5km BUCS Head in Peterborough on the 19th February. The club entered in its top senior boats with the aim to win as many BUCS points as possible. At the end of the day, the club came away with 12 BUCS points thanks to the championship men’s lightweight coxless four and quad, extending our BUCS points total for the year to a record 18 points. The intermediate men’s heavyweight coxed four came an excellent 4th place out of thirty crews, narrowly missing out on 3rd with less than 3 seconds between them, meaning that the boat pre-qualifies for the BUCS Regatta in May.


The following week the seniors were in action again in the 4.6km Reading University Head on 25th February. This time the seniors were out in an IM2 eight and came 20th in the afternoon division out of over 100 other eights, and came 10th out of 27 in their category.

Next was the 5.2km Kingston Head on 10th March, a perfect opportunity to practise for the upcoming Eights Head of the River Race. The senior eight entered in both the morning in IM1 and came 23rd out of 187, as well as in the afternoon in IM2 and came 15th out of 143. As well as the seniors, the clubs beginner boats were also out to compete at the head. The beginner men entered into both divisions with a composite IM3 and novice eight with Saint Mary’s University. In the morning they came 78th out of 187 boats and in the afternoon came 39th out of 143 boats ( 6th out of 20 in their category) -  great results considering they had only been rowing as a crew for a couple of weeks beforehand. Finally, the clubs women’s beginner squad racing for the first time entered a novice coxed four and came 5th in their category.

Finally, the day arrived for the 7km Eights Head of the River Race on 17th March on the tideway. This is the biggest eights race in the world with crews from across the globe entering in order to compete in the prestigious event. Entering both the senior and composite beginner eights, more record breaking results were expected after the season’s results so far. Out of the 400 boats that entered, the senior eight finished an incredible 93rd place. This is the highest place that the University of Surrey had ever come in the race and the first time that it had ever broken the 200th  place mark, let alone 100th . This result means that Surrey was the 13th fastest BUCS eligible crew on the day and the 68th fastest UK crew, all new records for the club and university. The beginner crew came a respectable 306th place overall and having never rowed on the tideway before, this too was a great result.  



A special mention needs to be made to Anna Stedman who took part in the annual 31 mile Boston Marathon in a single scull. Rowing in aid of Parkinson’s UK, she helped to raise over £670 and completed the course in just 4 hours and 20 minutes - just 10 minutes short of the course record, and won her category with ease. Also a big thank you to Ben Johnson and Red Bull for providing the club with some energy at times of need.

With the rowing head season now over, the boat club is now gearing up for the regatta season and the BUCS Regatta in May. Expectations for the regatta season are high, especially after a successful start for Surrey after beating Kingston at Varsity. Possible medal positions at BUCS and the club aiming to qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta for the first time, mean the stage is set for this academic year to be one of the greatest in Boat Club history.

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