A fantastic day was enjoyed by all with some great rowing prowess. The weather was kind to us and our trusty old boats held up for yet another year. Despite the challenging start to the morning, the group stages ran smoothly starting at 10:30am through to lunch. All the crews put in mighty performances, which was a real testament to all the weeks of hard work they put in learning to row.
The group stages saw the top four from each of the groups continuing on to the quarter finals. For some light relief over lunch 4 of our 10 crews took part in our ergo challenge, racing 2km in a team relay. This proved to be a very exciting competition, with the teams’ supporters providing much needed encouragement to fuel their efforts. GlaxoSmithKline were the winners with at time of 6:30.5.
The quarter finals kicked off the afternoon’s proceeding, with “Take it easy there”, Drowned Gods, Bad News and GSK Super Heroes making it through to once again race head to head in the hotly anticipated semi finals.
The final between Donaldson Associates- The Drowned Gods and GSK Super Heroes was an exciting race to end the day. The Drowned Gods stayed composed under pressure to pull away from GSK to take the victory and claim the coveted British Steel trophy.
On their introduction to rowing, Donaldsons said:
“Learning to row as a team was wobbly at first, but thanks to our coach Ryan’s expert (and astonishingly patient) guidance we managed to stay upright and started to work on the techniques required to get us to the finish line.
During training, ‘The Drowned Gods’ only lived up to the first part of our name when the skies opened: soaking us during a couple of sessions – it might have been drier just jumping into the Clyde!
Race day arrived and after crossing the exciting new burst-water-main-moat, we found ourselves competing in the first race of the day. To our surprise, we won the first race and continued to win all but one of our group stage races to qualify for the final knockout stage.
In the final race, everything seemed to come together for us: the technique we had been taught finally seemed to have stuck in our heads. We rowed in time and remained composed. We won the race and it felt great to lift the trophy!
The atmosphere around the clubhouse was great: work colleagues came along to cheer (and heckle) and entire families came out for the occasion. The barbeque, cakes, music and face-painting were excellent!
We’d like to share a massive thank you to Ryan for his coaching and to Amy for stepping into his shoes for the day of the race. Thanks also to everyone involved at Clydesdale ARC for organising a fantastic day, and a great experience overall! A team from Donaldson Associates will be back to defend the Corporate Regatta title next year!”
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the regatta such a brilliant success, particularly Amy Walton, who pulled it all together.