Summer Season 2021 Round Up

With the 2021 Boat Race campaign wrapped up, our squad moved on into regatta season, kicking everything off with a storming performance at BUCS Regatta in Nottingham.

OUWLRC athletes competed across a range of categories, with an impressive set of results! Hazel Wake claimed a bronze medal in the Intermediate Lightweight 1x, and we saw gutsy performances from the Championship Lightweight Quad (Hazel Wake, Katie Wellstead, Katherine Ferris and Rosie Thorogood) who raced to 5th in the A final, as well as one of our three Championship Lightweight doubles (Laurel Kaye and Amanda Thomas) who raced to 6th in their A Final.

Our Intermediate 4+ (Amanda Thomas, Harriet Thomas, Helena Pickford and Laurel Kaye; cox- Emily Watson) placed an impressive 5th in the A final of the open weight event, and our Intermediate 8+ (Katie Wellstead, Laurel Kaye, Amanda Thomas, Kate Dicker, Helena Pickford, Harriet Thomas, Katherine Ferris and Rosie Thorogood; cox- Emily Watson) marginally missed out on the A Final by just over one second in the open weight category.

With some of our athletes packing in over 10 races in the three day event, BUCS 2021 was filled with all the highs and lows of the regatta season we’d missed so far! It was now time to move on to our next challenge: Henley Women’s Regatta.

Three scullers (Hazel Wake, Katie Wellstead & Rosie Thorogood) competed in the lightweight intermediate 1x at HWR. All three athletes began their campaigns on the Friday Time Trials, with Hazel Wake and Katie Wellstead making it through to the heats.

After a tough match Katie was knocked out in her Friday afternoon heat, but Hazel progressed to the Saturday.

Unfortunately Hazel missed out on progressing to Sunday’s final after a loss against the eventual champion from Surrey University. We’ve no doubt Hazel will be back in the future, chasing down the victory, and her true speed was shown when time trial results revealed she had been the fastest intermediate lightweight 1x time-triallist.