A fantastic weekend at Nottingham City, Club and Masters Regatta on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May included first races, first regattas and first wins for many of the

The day started with Ieuan Cornish, fresh from a strong performance at the BUCS championships heading out in the Band 2 1x. In a strong field, Ieuan crossed the line in fourth, pleased to have been able to row the full 2000m course after his final was cancelled the weekend before due to weather conditions.
Swiftly following Ieuan, the mens open 4-, again racing in a competitive field, rowed well to cross the line in 4th – suggesting a strong regatta season is ahead before some of them head off to University in September.
The afternoon saw the mens and womens squad heading out in eights to test their speed in their first regatta of the season. Both crews rowed well, unfortunately falling short but picking up valuable experience for the rest of the season.

The day started with a flurry of single scullers and constant up and down’s for the peloton of supporters following on the bank. First off, our J18 single sculler Tom Rubini sculled well to come 2nd against a previous crew-mate from Newark RC. Tom was quickly followed by Katie Remer in a two-sculler race in W.J16.1x. Katie has a good start and continued to increase the distance from the other sculler to take a convincing win. Well
done to Katie and coach Phoebe Cook – a good start to the season. The other Tom (Tom Ford Knowles) then raced down in Band 1 1x and was
narrowly off the pace in a competitive field. The women’s squad following with Lilia Deakin racing in Band 3 1x – her first time racing in a single.
Lilia rowed well and set a good benchmark to aim to beat in a couple of weeks at Peterborough Regatta. Next up was a first regatta and first race
for two of our junior single scullers. Alex Knighton and Erica Gauler graduated from our learn to row programme and following a year of hard
work and dedicated coaching from coach Natalie Cook, set out to prove what they could do. Alex raced first, in J15.1x and following a rapid start,
moved further and further away from the field, in a move we at Derby now call ‘doing an Alex’. He crossed the line first with a significant lead, a
fantastic start to his rowing career. Following Alex, Erica sculled well to stay with the pack, narrowly missing out on 3rd place, she’ll be back with a
vengeance at Peterborough Spring Regatta.
Racing in open women’s pairs due to lack of opposition in junior, our pair of Emma-Jo Gilbert and Immie Dashfield rowed a technical race against a
well-drilled experience pair from Maidstone Invicta, they’ll be back at Peterborough Regatta to tackle it once more. Racing for the first time in
Derby colours, Tilly and Erin Heaton headed out in women’s band two doubles and had a fight to the line, narrowly missing out on 1st place, but
setting quick time in the process. Our masters G.4+ heading out to test their speed before a summer of racing rowed well to overcome the other
crews and come away with a win – giving them vital confidence leading into the regatta season.
Originally entered into W4+ and W4-, but due to the draw, both entered into 4+, our women’s squad headed out to face one another in a straight
final alongside Birmingham RC and Cantabrigian. With less than half a boat length separating the crews at the 500m mark, the stage was set for
an exciting sprint finish. Cantabs and Derby pulled away from the other crews, and after some exciting coxing from Phoebe Cook, the Derby boat
edged Cantabs by 0.74 seconds at the finish. Well done to the whole crew for their first regatta win.
Rounding off the day, the mens squad headed out in Band 2 4x and Open Eights. The quad had a quick start and alongside the University of
Nottingham, quickly gained clear water on the rest of the field. Unfortunately, they couldn’t match the fast pace quad from UON and crossed the line in second. The mens eight, with super sub Pete Honniball stepping in flew off the start and gradually pulled away more and more from the rest of the field, ending with a convincing win in 3:23.1.
A great weekend had by all with lots of laughter, and club spirit. A big thank you to all of the coaches, volunteers, supporters and Sam Cook for
towing the trailer. Just one question… when’s the next one?

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