London Metropolitan Regatta, 30-31/5/15.

Last weekend, UCCRC traveled to Dorney Lake to compete at London Metropolitan Regatta, which always proves a tough weekend of racing in preparation for the Irish Championships in mid-July. The club took this weekend as an opportunity to test various racing combinations , some with seasoned racing experience and others making their racing debut of the season.

The Men’s IM1 4- (O’ Leary, O’ Sullivan, Harrington, O’ Connor), had a strong day of racing on Saturday easily winning their heat and finishing 5th overall in a tough final.

Two Men’s IM2 4-‘s took to the water also on Saturday, with both crews progressing comfortably to the final, in 1st and 2nd place in their respective heats. In the final, the  UCC B crew (O’ Leary, O’ Sullivan, Power, O’ Riordan) came in 3rd , with the UCC A crew in 6th (Harrington, McGuckin, Casey, Van der Ploeg).

On Sunday, UCC men took part in the challenge 8+’s, with 49 crews taking part in a time trial to be ranked for semi finals later in the day. In the time trial, UCC ranked 28th and made it to the C/D semi-finals. Ultimately the crew went on to win the D final in style, improving with each race to better their initial time trial by 18 seconds!

On the women’s side, on Saturday UCC took home victory in the Women’s Elite 2-, with Keogh and O’ Brien putting in an impressive performance in this combination, posting a time of 7:35 in gusty tail wind conditions.

The women’s IM3 4+ were very unlucky to miss out on a place in the final on Saturday, missing out on qualification by just 0.5s. This crew was most happy with their IM1 4+ final on Sunday, as although they finished in 6th position it marked an improvement on the previous day’s racing for this new combination, an experience which will definitely stand to them later on in the season.

A. Bulman competed in the Women’s Senior 1x on Saturday, coming in 4th place just 1.5s behind 3rd place.

Now with the squad’s return to base at the National Rowing Centre in Farran, we have a little time to reflect on the the past weekend’s racing, identify where we did well, where we can improve and ultimately launch once again into the final few weeks of the season in preparation for the National C

Winners of the Women’s Elite 2- at London Metropolitan Regatta 2015 (O’ Brien, Keogh).

hampionships in July.