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A look back at the weekend's Metropolitan Regatta

(5 June 2019)

This weekend saw a DUBC contingent travel down to the Olympic Rowing Venue at Eton Dorney to race the Metropolitan Regatta.

This is one of the first opportunities for those competing to test their speed against the crews that will be racing through the rest of the season up to Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta.

The Saturday saw our Men’s top boat (a coxed four) race in both the Championship fours event and the Academic Event. The Championship event had 18 entries to be whittled down to 6 through three Heats. Durham progressed through their Heat in second place before a quick turn around to the final where they finished fourth in a close race with some of their main rivals. 

The afternoon presented different crews to race and the DUBC crew managed to win the event in an extremely close race with an Irish crew by the tiny margin of 0.2 seconds. This was a positive first regatta for this Men’s four and will be important in their progression to further races.

Our top women also raced on the Saturday changing between three different boat classes: The Single, Pair, and Coxless Four. This meant that some of the girls ended up racing 6 times throughout the day. In the morning they finished sixth in the final of Championship women’s fours and fourth in the final of Championship women’s pairs and they capped the day off with a great win in the Academic Women’s coxless fours event.

The Sunday held more racing for Durham with our Women’s eight narrowly missing out on the B final of Championship Women’s eights in a strong field and finishing up third in the C final.

This weekend also had great racing for our Development Squad athletes at Hexham regatta closer to home where lots of medals were won.

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