It was Sunday 2nd October, the day of my first ever race for Star Club.
I was nervous but excited when I arrived at St Neots but as soon as I started preparing my boat and focusing on the race I forgot my nerves.
I rowed my boat, Nicky D, to the start line. I chatted to other members of my squad while waiting for the command to go.
All of a sudden it was my turn and I soon found my rhythm. At every bridge people were cheering me on and in no time at all the race was over.
It was a fabulous experience and I can’t wait for my next race!
Daunting, winding, unforgiving. Three words that had been used to describe the course of St. Neots small boat head, a 2600m journey of which included many sharp bends and notorious patches of reeds. Climbing into the boat on this particular day, therefore, I was unusually clammy, shaking and nervous about the imminent test, a tremor passing through my body like ripples on a still lake, whipped up by the crossing wind. However, the friendly atmosphere, rapturous cheering and Jack Murphy’s less than impressive flirting, my nerves eased and the race flew by much faster than I expected and I managed to complete my pre-race target of staying in the boat long enough to cross the finish line.
I think, as a whole club, a good first head of the season, and a very positive sign of things to come in the near future from all age groups.