March Update 2012
March began cold and dry and has ended warm and dry. It began with a trip westward to race Erne head. With London Head of the River only 2 weeks after Erne, it was ideal preparation for the Thames. Some promising results were achieved and it was good to see boats entered in all of the men’s classes across Senior, Intermediate and Novice (Results). The novice Ladies travelled to London to race on the tideway at the WHORR. It was many of the girl’s first race away from the Lagan and two respectable results 143 and 252 were had. The experience has served the girls and their coaching team of Andy Well and Laura Mills well and only further helped to develop their rowing skills (Results).
QUBBC Senior 8+ Erne HOR
QUBLBC Senior 4- Erne HOR
The senior 8 travelled over to London for the St Patricks day race. The crew, accompanied by New Head coach Mick Desmond, raced well achieving a 21st place finish and the best placed Irish crew (Results). The following weekend the rest of the club travelled south to race Dublin Head of the River. Where more valuable race experience was gained by the men and women novice teams (Results).
QUBBBC Senior 8+ London HOR
Videos of the head season can be found (Here).
The mornings have been getting brighter, which has made the early starts easier and allowed extra training to take place on the water in the run up to regatta season. Firstly thoughts turn towards the University Championships of Ireland in Cork (14 April Here). It will be a big chance to show that the winter training has been worthwhile and also see how the competition is shaping up. Queens will be hoping to bring booth the Wylie Challenge Cup and The Bank of Ireland Women’s Cup to the north. Queens will also compete at Skibbereen Regatta the day after the Uni champs, before returning home to complete preparations for our Home Grand league regatta at Castlewellan forest park on the 28 April. We hope that many supporters will travel down to cheer on all the Queens’ rowers in action. We will continue our aim to try and get race results posted on the day of each event.
Queen’s men’s senior sculling group will also be in international action at the 25th Memorial Paolo d’Aloja International Regatta, On Lake Piediluco North of Rome, Italy. Keep an eye for their results (Here).
Piediluco Lake Italy
The novice men’s team is still going strong with 20 members and team recently travelled to Enniskillen for a 3 day training camp. The lads would also like to thank Portora for their grate hospitality over the weekend. You can keep up to date with the progress of the novice men on the Blog here.
Finally All the students at QUBBC and QUBLBC would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter.
QUBBC Novice men Enniskillen training camp