As our first race of the year, DSBH was always going to be an interesting one. Spirits were particularly low due to poor weather conditions and sitting in the boat for an hour in the rain before racing wasn't the ideal pre-race warm up. Despite this, the 1st Men's Crew put in an admirable and defiant performance. We were overtook early by good grey crew but ourselves managed to overtake an Aidan's crew. Mixed emotions post race; morale was low back at the boathouse but our 5th place finish shows a lot of promise for the crew for races later on in the year and a lot of positives to take from it on the whole.
Head season kicked off with Rutherford Head on the Tyne. After having been postponed twice this race was eagerly anticipated and the crew were ready to go. We started off well holding off some crews behind us but about 2k in we failed to settle into a good rhythm and with our boat speed dropping it lead to us being overtaken by the crew behind us. From that point on we never fully recovered our pace and finished the race feeling quite frustrated by how it had gone.
Despite the crew feeling the race had not been ideal, we still managed to win the Pennant as the fastest college crew.
Two weeks later, it was time for our second head race, Hayward Cup on the Tees river in Stockton. Due to debris in the river, the course had been shortened to less than 3k. This race was a big improvement and we rowed well, though slightly underestimating how short the course actually was and when the call for 100m meters to go came, there was a big surge of power! We finished fourth, disappointing ourselves by being just off the pace of St Cuthberts Societies' 1st VIII, though I'm sure we'll be finishing in front of them next time. Again, considering we had some steering difficulties if definitely felt like a good improvement on the previous race.
Things are heading in the right direction!
Next up its the big one as we will make our way down to London for HoRR, hoping to achieve the best result in this colleges history.