Over the weekend I travelled up to Nottingham with Katy and Tristan to Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre for Nottingham City and Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta, 2km and 1km courses respectively, over 6 lanes.
Saturday saw testing conditions with a strong wind blowing across the lake moving round to a head wind later in the day. Tristan was first up, racing at 14:35 in the heats for J17 1x final, against competitors from Trentham BC and Star Club. He finished third with a very commendable time of 9:21.75, especially when you take into account he was racing athletes a year older then him and this is the largest event Tristan has been to.
Katy raced at 15:55, by which time the wind had swung around more to a head wind, in WJ18 1x against scullers from Bedford Girls School, Runcorn, BTC RC Southampton and Nottingham RC. She pushed hard and finished third in a time of 9:31.06, ahead of the scullers from BTC RC and Nottingham RC.
On Sunday morning Katy was racing WIM2 1x against competitors from Norwich RC and Poplar Blackwell. We had hoped the wind wouldn’t have picked up by the time Katy raced at 9.30am but no such luck. Again like Saturday she was faced with a very strong head wind making racing difficult. Katy finished third, with a time of 5:11.2.
Very well done to both Katy and Tristan for some excellent sculling and hope this weekend’s racing will have proved a positive experience and proved a useful warm up for National Schools next weekend.