Curlew have made a promising start to the winter season of racing with new silverware acquired at Docklands Head. With the benefit of racing on ‘our water’, Curlew dominated the docks with an unapologetic seventeen entries. The podium was painted blue as the Senior Men’s 4- and Senior Women’s 4- crossed the finish line as the fastest boats of the day, with the Men’s 4- and 4+ also winning in their categories.
Toby Churchus raced in the winning IM2.4- and gave this report:
“While usually considered a relatively short and easy-going regatta by many of the more experienced rowers that attend the Docklands Head, this year it proved to be far from that expectation. In preparation for a larger race the weekend after, the Curlew Senior Men’s squad entered with a mixture of 4+/-s and 2-s. Despite the strong winds and choppy conditions (which you would think we were all used to by now) all crews completed the course with good results and two boats were even rewarded with engraved hip flasks – yes that’s right, hip flasks! While there were ups for some boats – the top 4- coming fastest boat of the day beating a few 8+s in the process – there were also some lows with the newly formed Vet Squad feeling cheated out of their first race with a boat-stopping collision, adding a lot of excitement to the event. All in all, however, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and a really good benchmark to start the season. Bring on Fours’ Head!”
Vivienne Meehan raced in the W.IM3.4- and W.IM2.8+
“The wind was in our favour as Curlew took to the water for the Docklands Head of the River. The 2750m time-trial attracted over 143 crews to compete and set out the standard of racing for the coming season. A deceptively sunny morning did not reflect the icy cold temperatures that not even the thickest of lycra can withstand. After an explosive regatta season, the crews had to adjust to the cold mentality and put their endurance training to the test.
Curlew had an array of boats including doubles, pairs, fours and eights across the two divisions, with our novices making their grand debut. All our crews gave the other clubs a solid competition and encouraged the rest of the Curlew crews to step up their game. With a fiery start, the men and women’s crews powered down the docks overtaking and pushing every step of the way until the last metre, when the flaying arms of the marshal in the launch called to wind it down.
After giving it their all, Curlew did not walk away empty-handed! It was a successful day and will provide a platform to build on when coupled with continuous commitment to training throughout the winter.”
Full results can be downloaded here: Docklands-Head-2017-results