After a hugely successful BUCs weekend, the athletes took to the Watersportbaan against some very strong competition from around Europe on a beautiful weekend in Belgium.
Both Saturday and Sunday saw immense performances by the Women’s Squad. The highlight of the weekend was the 1st VIII setting a Ghent International Regatta course record against a strong Tideway Scullers crew. Despite bouncy conditions, the Brookes Women stormed down the track to set a time of 6:23.6. On Sunday, they managed to repeat their win against strong opposition – the second and third crews also put in strong performances, with both eights having great battles with two VIIIs from Nereus of the Netherlands, providing very useful experience moving toward the peak of the season.
The Brookes Men had a fierce weekend of racing against a very strong Leander Eight helping them gain tremendous racing experience. Credit to Leander who took the win over a full student VIII by 0.8 seconds on Saturday and by just 0.3 seconds against a strengthened crew on Sunday. Undoubtedly some of the closest racing of that calibre in several years.
Brookes Men fielded 3 eights out of 5 in the A final and finished well in the B final with the 4-5th eights.
Sam Nunn and David Ambler who helped booster the 1st eight on Sunday also doubled up to win the Men’s Pairs with ease.
The entire Brookes squad return home to complete exams and turn their focus toward a Wimbleball training camp and racing at the Metropolitan and Ratzeburg Regattas.
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