The Durham Small Boats Head is one of the largest gatherings of crews in the North of England, and crews require a competent steersman to navigate the infamous Elvet Bridge. The total number of entries this year was well over 300.
Against good opposition, the senior boys were the second fast crew of the day, finishing only 1.5s behind Durham School in the Junior quads, on their home water. The crew – Fergus Mainland and Euan Dickerson (both S5), and Ben Carruthers and Alex Chisholm (both S6) – then raced Senior Intermediate 3 coxed quad with cox Hannah Watson (S5) and won. Fergus also won the J18 single scull. Ben and Fergus put in a decent performance in the J18 double scull. They were racing against opposition they will more than likely face at GB Trials on the 20–21 February in Boston.
Our younger boys also had success with wins for the J13 boys' coxed quad – Gregor Watson, Burty Johnson and Kyle McGeechan (all S1), Rory Mainland (S2), and cox Anna Fenning (S6), and the J14 boys' coxed quad – Peter Demyanov, Lachlan White and Rory Mainland (all S2), Oleg Dmitriev (S3), and cox Finlay Aitken (S4). Very good results as some members have only been rowing since September.
Our novice and beginner girls also had some strong results, with many of them racing for the first time!
The intermediate and senior girls came second in the Women's Junior 16 coxed four, racing well amongst strong competition and on a tricky course.