Furnival Sculling Club

Furnivall Sculling ClubRowing club based in Hammersmith, London. Established 1896

FSC's Peterborough weekend

Saturday, 15th August 2015

FSC decamped to Peterborough on the weekend of 8 and 9 of August for their summer regatta, one of our favourite events of the season.

We had a solid number of entries:

  • Captain Mike in the IM3 single sculls.
  • Meri in the novice single sculls.
  • Angelo and Sol in the novice double sculls. 
  • Jess and Meri in the IM3 pairs (winners!)
  • Our women's novice coxed IV of Andy, Sue, Lucy, Christina and Emma
  • Lucy, Jude, Christina and Rachael in the IM3 quads.

The novice IV+ had a solid first race on the Saturday, winning their heat comfortably. The final was a close race and although they came third, losing out to two strong crews, they were really pleased with the improvements they had made from the heat. On Sunday, racing over 500m, they again won their heat by a good margin. In the final, they came second, coming up against against a dominant young crew from the home club. Overall, they were pleased with their performances and everyone is even more determined to lose their novice status next season!

The weekend for Jess and Meri in the pair started with a warm up for Meri on both mornings battling her way through the buoys and swans to the novice single sculls repechage. However it turns that, as the pair discovered during the weekend, buoys (and unfortunately river banks) are magnetic and once you find one, you find them all...

On Saturday they ended up as the runners-up against opposition that was carrying around 30 years less extra weight (and who didn't feel it was necessary to visit other lanes or the riverbank).

The Sunday race started with them attempting to give the stake boat boy a bath. The poor young man was only hanging on to his launch with his toes by the time the starter's flag went down. Lane discipline was not hot in this race and they had to turbo charge their start to pull away from an almost perpendicular Doncaster crew. They then took a leaf from Doncaster's book and rowed almost the rest of the course with a blade in their lane, straightening up just in time to cross the line with a somewhat disbelieving 0.4 second lead over Newark!

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