On Sunday 27th October, we took seven crews from across the Senior and Dev squads to Upper Thames Autumn Head in Henley. This was our first race of the head season, a great opportunity to blow out the cobwebs and lay down a marker for the rest of the season. Conditions on the day were fantastic, sunny but cool. We had two eights in the morning division (senior men and dev men), as well as a men’s and a women’s four. All the crews put in a strong effort down the 3000m course, with the eights coming second and third in Band 2 behind a strong Oxford Uni Lightweights crew, and both fours coming third in their bands. After a short break for lunch, the women’s four rowed again in the afternoon division, with the men’s squad splitting out into two fours. Doubling up took its toll on the legs, a timely reminder of how much fitness work still needs to be done!
Overall it was a positive day, with new squad members enjoying their first row in the Curlew light blue, and everyone getting some good race experience ahead of Docklands Head and Fours Head in November.