The Nottingham Rowing Club sent 5 crews to the Fours Head on Saturday to race over the Boat race course in reverse. Despite the forecast of strong winds suggesting the race might be shortened, the conditions remained calm enough to race the full championship course, albeit rowing into a very strong and gusty headwind once the crews had passed under Hammersmith bridge.

The top crew was the Mens’ Championship quadruple scull and they were up against Great Britain quadruple scullers and Swiss Rowing Federation. They started as number 10 and finished 11th a creditable performance. The Mens’ Intermediate Coxed four finished second in their category only 2 seconds behind the winners. They started at the back of the field, the event having attracted nearly 500 entries. The Womens’ Challenge Coxed four finished 3rd out of 27 in their category. The Women’s Challenge Quadruple Scull finished 5th and the Women’s coxless four finished 11th.

Overall the performances were better than last year confirming that the senior squads are progressing.

The next day the club entered two crews in the Veterans head both in coxed fours but different age categories. The Masters E four finished sixth in their category which was possibly the hardest race to win. The Masters G four had a reasonable row but were out gunned by Weybridge Rowing club.