23rd July 2019
Molesey regatta is one of the final regattas of the summer for many of our athletes and a good chance to get some racing experience in smaller boats. For those who had raced at The Met and HWR, it was also a chance to try out new combinations, or simply a chance to race with less pressure.
The regatta this year threw up some fun conditions, a big tailwind made for some fast times down the course but also meant just getting to the start line could be a bit of a fight into the headwind. Ellie and Caitlin in the 2x took the worst of the weather, racing through a freak downpour in their first race. Barely enough time to dry off they were back out for the final to claim the first win of the day.
The sun came out for the afternoon, as did the fleet of single scullers. The second half of the day also featured a special guest appearance from the bow pair turned stern pair of Fiona and Grace who proved that training really is cheating, and that matching kit = free speed, as they came through to win their category despite well..no training!
Caitlin made it to the semi-final but now without the powerhouse Ellie to help her down the course was defeated by the athlete from Surrey who had won HWR a few weeks prior. An all Oxford semi-final between Fiona and Katherine saw Katherine come out on top but unfortunately lose in the final. An incredible effort for her first race in a single scull. Finally, an all Oxford final in the Tier 2 single sculls between Ellie (now without Caitlin to steer her down the course) and Naomi saw Naomi take the 3rd and final win of the day.
Race report by Caitlin O’Brien