Senior Men

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An experienced rower lurking quietly in the shadows of Gower Street? UCLBC Senior Men are recruiting for 2016-2017

The Senior Men fielded two eights throughout the head season last year. The 1st eight’s early season win at Cambridge head set us off with confidence, and a drive to build towards the Head of the River Race (HORR). At HORR the 1st eight improved 17 places from last year’s results and the 2nd eight improved by 82 places. This showed a clear increase in the depth and ability of the team from the previous year.

Following seat racing on the club’s Easter training camp in Avis, Portugal, the 1st eight and 1st 4+ were set for BUCS regatta, where they took on highly competitive fields of crews. Both boats were very successful, making it into the AB finals in their categories.

There was little time for rest following BUCS Regatta as we all pushed it on towards our biggest races of the year, always with the thought of Henley in the back of our minds. Following BUCS, the novice squad merged with the senior squad, leading to epic battle paddles up and down the Thames, 4 strong matched eights smashing it out side-by-side. This competition drove everyone to achieve a huge amount on the water.

Following a month of getting our heads down for some intense training we came to Met Regatta, at Dorney Lake. The 1st eight grabbed an easy 2nd in their category, setting us up with more confidence than ever for Marlow regatta, two weeks later, also at Dorney. 

The week following Met regatta was Henley Training camp, which we spent living on barges. We also had the honour of boating out of Leander Club for the week, and rowing on the iconic stretch of the river that makes up the Henley Royal Regatta racecourse. The majority of the first two days of camp were spent seat racing. 21 athletes and 4 coxes competing in over 20 races for those 9 coveted seats in the 1st eight. 

Marlow regatta followed on directly after the training camp, where the 1st eight had the fastest time in the time trial, and in the final destroyed the competition, beating Clare by nearly 4 seconds and Imperial by over 5 seconds. 

Come Henley qualifiers both eights and a 4+ had high hopes, but in the end only the 1st eight qualified, an achievement nonetheless, rounding out an impressive season. 

We train on the water in Chiswick 3 days a week and on the land at the Bloomsbury gym, on campus. We row most often in eights and fours and are a predominantly sweep oar squad. 

Training camps are held through the year, with one in Chiswick before the start of terms 1 and 2, a whole club camp in Avis, Portugal in Easter and a camp at Henley prior to qualifiers. 

Joining the UCLBC Senior Men’s squad not only makes you part of a driven and competitive team but part of one of the largest, most recognised and most sociable sports clubs at UCL, winning sports club of the year 2014. The club hosts a strong weekly sports night as well as many of its own social events through the year including dinners, balls and a social tour, all lead by our two social secretaries. 

If you’re interested in joining the squad for the coming year please get in touch using the email address below. We will also be running a stand at the Welcome Fair and hope to see you there.

Jake Figi

Senior Men’s Captain (2016/17)

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