The Club's Results

Summer 2005

National Championships
Thu 14th - Sat 16th July
A prestigious annual event, including junior and U23 categories, raced as a knock-out regatta over 2000 m

Light and Dark Trinity (Women's 4+): scratched due to unresolvable geographical issues in the qualifying

Welsh 3000's
Sat 23rd July
Walking (or running) round all the peaks above 3000' in Wales. The time is taken between leaving the first peak and reaching the last.
The Welsh 3000s, also known as the Fourteen Peaks (or Fifteen Peaks if you count Garnedd Uchaf) is a full day's walk taking in the three highest ridges in Snowdonia, the Snowdon Massif, the Glyderau and the Carneddau. It involves about 50km in distance, with around 3500m of ascent, not including the initial climb to the starting point. Completing the walk in a day is a substantial challenge.

Oxford City Royal Regatta
Sat 20th August
1000m regatta racing on the Isis
A summer event, not regularly attended by college crews. Only the Saturday regatta is "royal". Evidently the royal in question had had enough of Oxford after one day, and who can blame them?

Light and Dark Trinity (WS1 4+): lost to Meles (Bath University Alumni) by quarter of a length in the final

Oxford City Sprint Regatta
Sun 21st August
500m side by side racing on the Isis
A 500m side by side knockout regatta held on the Isis a day after the longer Oxford City Royal regatta course. Usually held in late August, it provides useful race practice for crews competing at GBR the following weekend.

FaT/Queens'/Catz/Trinity Hall/Newnham/Peterhouse/LMBC composite, in 'Sir Bryan' (Senior3 VIII): won by several lengths against Newnham in the semi finals and won by three-quarters of a length against Wallingford in the final

Itchen Imperial
Sat 27th August
A coastal race on the same day as Gloucester, 2000m on the Itchen in Southampton.
Trinity goes coastal: In the event of Gloucester regatta being cancelled, an "interesting" alternative. Being a coastal regatta, it requires the use of a coastal four, going on "Attention", and waves. Racing takes place over a 1000m course, with a 'racing turn' at the far end around a buoy, making up the 2000m. Hazardous.

Light and Dark Trinity, in "the Byrne" (Senior Ladies): won by a couple of lengths in the heats and lost by 3 feet to Southampton Coalporters in the final

Bristol Avon Regatta
Sun 28th August
A 500m regatta held next to the SS Great Britain on the historic Bristol docks.
The second part of the weekend including Gloucester and Ross regattas. Your opposition will no doubt be experiencing the effects of moderate consumption of drink from the night before; unfortunately, so will you.

Light and Dark Trinity (WS2 4+): won, easily, against City of Bristol in the final
Light and Dark Trinity (W Elite 4+): won by half a length against Molesey in the final
Miscellaneous men's IVs (Senior3 4+): Lost to Fuzzy Duck (1 1/2 l) in the semi finals

Ross Regatta
Mon 29th August
A course of variable length, claimed to be 750m but undoubtedly much shorter, held on the ridiculously shallow and twisty River Wye.
The third and final leg of the bank holiday weekend regattas. The smell of flat beer fills the fields below the chocolate box town above. Some people can be found drinking in the morning light. Most people are soundly asleep at the time of their first race. Things inevitably run behind, but nobody cares. Although the course has a considerable bowside corner, most crews don't make it that far before hitting the bank, their opposition or a crew crawling down to the start. If you can resist the party the night before, you are almost certain to win your event.

Light and Dark Trinity (WS2 4+): Beat Belvoir (pronounced "beaver") (easily) in the semi finals and won by a few lengths against Llandaff in the final
Miscellaneous men's IVs (Senior3 4+): Lost to Royal Chester (1/2 l) in the quarter finals

50k pre-Boston Marathon erg
Tue 30th August
A 50k erg. Like a 2k, but 25 times as long.
In theory, a good way to work out pacing and water stops for the Boston Marathon in three weeks time. In reality, four hours of pain, and several days of butt ache afterwards.

Great River Race
Sat 17th September
A 22 mile head race from Ham in West London to Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs, attracting traditional and modern fixed seat rowing boats and paddle craft.
Held each year since 1987 in September, the Race is offically the UK Traditional Boat Championship, but is also a fun event attracting dragon boats, Hawaiian outriggers, Dutch Whalers alongside the cutters, skiffs and gigs. All boats must have a fixed seat and crews must carry a passenger as well as a helm/cox. To give all crews an equal chance - and to add to the spectacle - entrants are handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boats - so in theory everyone should cross the line together...

Boston Marathon
Sun 18th September
31 miles along the river Witham from Lincoln to Boston.
First rowed in 1946. It's still a long way. The race includes carrying your boat over a lock. It's making me tired just thinking about it.


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