After a long year of socially distanced training, the BUCS regatta was a great ending to the previous term. This year is the first time, since 2012, that Heriot-Watt University Boat Club has had any crews qualifying for the major finals. We had a total of three of the 11 crews qualify, some crews just missing this very narrowly.
12th – Women’s Beginner 1x (Georgina Denham)
8th – Men’s Intermediate 1x (Georgy Borisochev)
4th – Women’s Beginner 4x
Over the weekend, two members of HWUBC represented the club at the annual British Rowing Sculling Festival at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. The festival incorporates all things sculling, starting with a time trial which acts as seeding for head to head racing, as well as a 250m sprint and manoeuvrability skills testing.
John Heuchan raced in the Men's Main event, finishing 21st overall in the opening 3800m TT (12th u23), and eventually placing 25th overall for the entire weekend.
Sam Archibald, who only learnt to row at HWUBC in September 2016 competed in the Men's Beginner event and followed up his 8th place TT position by finishing 6th overall. Sam's final position was the best placing from any other Scottish club in his category and is a good testament to the commitment he has shown over the last year.
With a massive help from Heriot Watt University Sport Union club has acquired 8 skinny sweep blades and 4 sets of brand new sculling blades. Now they are painted in Heriot Watt colours and ready to be used in 2017/18 season!
The Home International Regatta took place on Saturday 22nd July at Strathclyde Park and HWUBC proudly had representation across two of the squads from the Scotland Team.
Michael May, former President of HWUBC raced for the Senior Men in the 4+ and 8+, coming a close second to the welsh team on both occasions. Michael learnt to row as a complete novice with us and is now finally free to go live the rest of his life away from the club as he moves to Switzerland for work. Michael gained selection for the team after finishing 3rd in open pairs at the Scottish Championships in June alongside Joe Nelson. Joe missed out on the regatta after initially being selected in the 4+ and 8+ alongside Michael but had to withdraw due to injury.
Sam Abernethy competed in the Junior Men's Team for the 3rd year in a row in the 2- and 8+, finishing 4th to a strong field on both occasions. Sam came to us from Glasgow Academy at the start of this season and we look forward to seeing what results he can produce over the next three years.
As always, our head coach Graeme Cunningham represented the team in his role as Team Manager and guided the Senior Women to an overall win.
Above: Sam (who is stood on a rock, don't be fooled), alongside Michael in their Scotland Team gear at the HIR 2017.