York Spring Regatta proved to be a case of 'so near, yet so far' for the two Men's VIIIs entered. Beating off tough competition from the other colleges and nearby clubs, both entered the finals before frustratingly losing by only a couple of feet each time.
For the 1st 8, this was frustratingly repeated one week later at Durham City. Beating off crews from Yarm School and Durham ARC, they made it again to the final, only to lose by a few yards to UCBC's 1st 8 in a race we all knew, they could've won.
The Men's 1st four, however, proceeded to pick up silverware in their IM2 IVs category - a fantastic start to the season!
York Spring Regatta saw this years Women’s Senior IV; Megan Baker, Sian Cogan, Emma Sharpe and Flick Kenny compete in IM3 for the first time. The crew is comprised of Sian, a new addition to SJCBC Women’s Squad this year having been a successful sculler at school, Flick and Emma - both new to rowing this academic year, Megan who is in her second year with SJCBC and is coxed by women’s captain, Molly-Kate McCaffrey. Though no win for the crew at York Spring, they fought strong staying close to their competitors Grey College, enjoying the experience of their first regatta together and looking forward to the season!
Though nearing exam season, SJCBC Women’s Squad still entered two crews at Durham City Regatta. The Senior IV raced against University College, unfortunately another loss for SJCBC but they came away positive and motivated to keep training for a win on familiar water at Durham Regatta. The second day of Durham City saw the Novice IV; Grace Gibson, Julia Ramsden, Birsu Karaaslan and Vitoria Honorato debut alongside their cox, Caragh Aylett. The IV had a sneak win against Hatfield as the opponents collided with the wall only 20m from the finish line, which saw the girls into the semi-final. The 500m race against Josephine Butler gave the girls an opportunity to row with much more confidence and move together as a crew, but not quite enough to take the win this time. Nevertheless, SJCBC Women’s Squad come away excited and motivated for the rest of regatta season, keen to train hard, improve and aiming to get some wins!
The Men's squad weekend at Durham City has posed much promise for the future. With a Novice 8 entered on the Saturday and a Novice 4 on the Sunday both reaching the semi-final stages success seems to be looming on the horizon. A lot of hard work has been put in over pre-season and the improvement and progress of the squad is evident. Hopefully the good work can be carried through the exam period and taken to Hexham and Durham Regatta's where the prize of de-novicing seems to be getting ever so closer.