After months of preparation the members of SCSBC found themselves in an excellent position to challenge for the honours at Durham Regatta 2015. This year, the regatta celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and enjoyed good weather (for the most part).
The racing was altogether successful for the squads. The men’s IM3 VIII were able to retain their trophy from last year, whilst the women were victorious in Sundays W.Coll.4+ competition. On Sunday, the senior men’s Coll.4+ were successful in their B final after coming up against stiff competition in earlier rounds, whilst other senior men’s IVs were able to beat the post-Cuth’s day hangovers and make progress in the competition. After their narrow loss at Hexham (a bow-ball!) the men’s novice VIII were keen on making amends. Indeed, they made it to the semi-final, but came up against an altogether stronger crew from the University of York, who went on to win the final. The W.IM2 VIII, were unlucky in their races against Hatfield and Cambois/Queen Elizabeth after a strong effort in both, but will certainly bounce back and build upon the form they showed earlier in the season. In other races, the W.IM3 IVs and VIII had a good showing. The IVs reached the latter rounds of the competition with one crew achieving a famous ‘victory’ over a Henley bound crew from Tyne that will surely go down in Cuth’s folklore! Finally, Darcey narrowly missed out winning the overall W.Nov.1x category after putting in a great performance in knocking out three opponents in the preceding rounds
A year of hard training seemed to do the trick for the fresher rowers. The recently de-noviced men’s fresher IM3 IV put in a strong performance, whilst other men’s IVs were successful in reaching the latter rounds of the competition in both the Mdn.4+ and Nov.4+ categories, with a surprise cameo by Matt Hurst in the latter. The men’s fresher VIII had a tricky draw, but put up a good fight against their initial opposition, Leeds University, who eventually made it to the finals. The women’s fresher squads were split into IVs the regatta, and were able to build upon the solid results that were made in the head season to set themselves up for more success in the following year.
The boat club had one of the strongest entries of the Durham colleges at the regatta and certainly showed its strength in depth with some notable results over the weekend. The squads will now focus on integrating before the new fresher intake, and will regroup before hitting the head season in the following academic year!