Regatta Report: Peterborough Spring Regatta

Last weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday, twelve crews spanning our four squads travelled south to Peterborough City Rowing Club to take to the water in one of the final regattas of the season for our club. Our athletes were keen to head into the final part of the season strong, showcase the culmination of months of training, and the event offered a chance to mix up our novice and senior squads, experimenting before this year’s novice cohort progress to the senior performance squad next year.

Saturday saw our crews take to a breezy and overcast lake at Thorpe Meadows, with confidence high. Despite having had to juggle exams and training, our crews believed that solid performances would be possible. Kicking things off were our senior men’s double (NOV.2X), with Tom Hillier and Jay Milne passing through in relative comfort to their semi final.

After a bit of a break, our first novice women’s crew (W.NOV.8+) saw our women narrowly miss out on qualification for the final to Leeds University, but still finishing ahead of Sheffield Hallam in what was a Yorkshire-centric heat. Shortly after, our double finished second in a tight semi final to progress to their final. Our novice women’s four (W.NOV.4+ (Winter)) was up next, winning their heat against the Leeds and Sheffield Hallam Universities to progress to the final.

More heats passed, with the remaining crews advancing to their respective finals. The first final of the day saw our novice women’s quad (W.NOV.4x-) place fourth. Our first win of the weekend came in the early evening, with our Novice Men (NOV.8+) getting their maiden win, after a challenging season, beating UCL in the process. Our novice women’s four placed a strong third, again beating Leeds but unable to catch UCL. Our senior double came fourth in a closely matched final, very respectable given that their class was one of the most contested of the weekend. Our senior women’s eight (W.IM3.8+) came a strong third in their final, with Jesus College Cambridge winning a close race.

After such a strong showing on Saturday, Sunday brought better weather and brighter expectations for our crews. And they delivered. All our crews showed strong performances in their heats, despite strong performances from the likes of Nottingham Trent.

Our senior women’s eight (W.IM3.8+) had the first final of the day for our club, coming a narrow second to the hosts, Peterborough City. Their novice counterparts (W.NOV.8+) were next, having soldiered through their heat after their cox, Davo Evans, had to wrangle the boat’s rudder by hand thanks to a snapped cable. Their boat fortunately didn’t cause any problems when it mattered most however, and the women claimed a well earned victory (with Leeds University in second), and some much deserved points to carry into the senior squad next year. Not wanting to be outdone, our senior women were then back at it in the four (W.NOV.4+), with another strong win, and more tankards to pack into the minibus home. A mixed men’s eight (IM3.8+), with crew from both novice and senior squads was next up, placing secondjust off the pace of Wolfson College Cambridge and a bow-ball ahead of Warwick University. A men’s quad, combining seniors and and novices, was our penultimate final of the day, placing second to Nottingham Trent. Rounding off a successful weekend for the club was UYBC superstar and Miles Cup winner Jo McSweeney, alone in a Single (W.MasA.1x) placing a strong thirdwith a boat from local rivals York City in second.

The weekend was undoubtedly one of strong performances for the club, with a lot of positives beyond the tankards to take to our next races (York Summer Regatta and the respective Henley Qualifiers), with a lot of quality across all of our squads. Above all else the results showed the tireless work our squads had committed to, much of it on land in the Winter, is paying off, and there’s a lot of optimism in the club regarding our quality and depth going forward into next year.


YorkSport Nominations

UYBC has been short-listed for two awards at the YorkSport dinner. The first is an individual nomination for Steph Clutterbuck who joined the club last year and has proceeded to the GB trials this year, earning herself an invitation to a GB development camp and a Santander Scholarship .

The club has also been short-listed for the prestigious Roses Team of the Year for out complete domination of Lancaster and the subsequent 24 point contribution to the biggest points margin in Roses history.

Enjoyable Nottingham City Regatta

4 crews from UYBC travelled to Nottingham on Saturday for Notts City Regatta. The Senior Men’s IM2 pair of Tom Eames and Matt Bowman proved they had the nerve to deal with a tough finish, placing 2nd in their final and holding off 3rd by 0.3 seconds.
The Men’s double of Tom Noble and Lloyd Hughes made their crew debut in the Novice 2x, coming 2nd to the St Edwards pairing and getting some valuable regatta experience.
After overcoming injury earlier in the week, the Senior Women proved nothing is too challenging for them. The 4+ made up of Fran Howes, Silvia Rampton, Abbie Flanagan, Katrina Beveridge and Maddi Belsey-Day finished first in their heats before placing 4th in a tough final. They have their aims well and truly set on Henley Women’s Regatta.
The second crew consisting of Lily Georgia Papworth, Hagar Geula, Lisa Worthington, Holly Walmsley and Serena Ward put in a fantastic row in their heats, finishing 6th against some tough opposition.

Roses and BUCS Round Up

UYBC has had a very successful fortnight.

Saturday the 25th April saw UYBC defend the Ouse in spectacular fashion seeing off all 8 Lancaster crews to contribute 24 points towards York’s points.

The May Day bank holiday weekend saw UYBC racing down at the National Water Sport Centre at the BUCS Regatta. Last minute crew changes due to injury left the Novice Men slightly disappointed with their results. Injury also plagued the Senior Women causing them to scratch one of their intermediate fours. It wasn’t all bad news as the Senior men placed 6th in the C final of the intermediate 8s and 2nd in the B-final of the intermediate 4x, Steph placed 2nd in the B final of the intermediate 1x for the senior women who also made the B final of the intermediate 4+ but had to scratch due to injury. The novice women also put in a good show placing 3rd in the C final of beginner 8s.

Roses Video!!!

Roses Boat Races

The Roses Boat Races will be held on Saturday 25th of April.

Event details can be found here.

YuStart Funding!!!

In case you missed it we’ve been running a funding drive for a new trailer or single. We’re now over half way to our target (£3307 / £6000 when last checked)! Please donate at the link below!

Head of the River Race!

The Senior Men are racing in HoRR on Saturday on the Tideway in London. The race starts at 14:15 and runs from Mortlake to Putney. There are 390 crews racing, that’s 3120 oarsmen and 390 coxswains so should be a spectacle!
Our crew is number 82 so will be one of the earlier crews. There will also be a number of alumni racing for their clubs as well!

Head of the River Race!

The Senior men are racing in HoRR on Saturday on the Tideway in London. The race starts at 14:15 and runs from Mortlake to Putney. down detector There are 390 crews racing, that’s 3120 oarsmen and 390 coxswains so should be a spectacle!
Our crew is number 82 so will be one of the earlier crews. There will also be a number of alumni racing for their clubs as well!

Great weekend for UYBC!

This weekend has been a good one for UYBC!
The Senior Women had a great race on the Tideway coming 93rd overall.
The Senior Men set the time for the fastest 4+ of the day at Yorkshire Head of the river and second in IM3.1x.
The two novices squads both had very similar and successful days on the Ouse with their 1st and 2nd 8s placing 3rd and 7th respectively. The Novice men losing out to two particularly strong Newcastle University 8s, one of which posted the second fastest time of any crew for the day.

Yorkshire Head

UYBC are racing today in the York.
In the first division at 11:45 we have the Novice Women’s two 8s with numbers 32 & 33 followed by the Senior Men’s 4+ with race number 47.
In the second division we have two 8s from the Novice Men’s squad with race numbers 113 & 118. Then last but by no means least Alex Metcalf in a 1x with number 199. day-trips

Massive thank you to YuFund!


UYBC are the proud recipients of a grant from YuFund for some more racking which  will allow us to expand our fleet. down detector best places to visit . day-trips

New safety system

UYBC now has a flag system to assess river conditions and allow all club members to see the whether the river is safe for outings. The club will be using a 3 flag system popular with other boat clubs which clearly indicates: good conditions for all rowers (Green), changeable conditions which may stop novice rowers and small boats from boating unaccompanied (Orange) and un-rowable conditions where no crews are allowed on the water (Red).

The flag will appear on the safety pages of the website and will be checked daily and subsequently updated by the club’s safety advisor. Each orange/red flag will be accompanied by a brief explanation and also any restrictions to rowers such as ‘all crews must be accompanied by safety launches’.
Please check the flag before every outing.

Safety advisor

A snowy few weeks.

We have had a snowy few weeks out on the river, but that hasn’t stopped training. With BUCS Head fast approaching, we are hoping for some big results from the whole club. With more members than ever before the boat house has never been so busy!

Remember the deadline for buying your ball tickets is the 31st January. They can be purchased from here:

The UYBC Ball

Tickets for our Annual Ball are on sale and selling fast.

They can be purchased here:

The deadline for purchasing your tickets is the 31st January.

Any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch. accommodation