Heineken Cup 2020
On 14th of March the Borlase Rowing squad were due to travel to Amsterdam for the Heineken Cup. This is a Biannual trip which involves 4 races over a weekend. All the races finish in the centre of Amsterdam in front of thousands of spectators. Borlase have competed in this event before and were looking forward to returning to the city for some great racing and enjoying the party atmosphere. Crews from all over the world were due to compete here and our squad were relishing the opportunity to put down some solid performances early on in the season.
However, while on our coach trip 5 minutes away from the airport we received a call from the event organiser informing us the regatta was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Our bus full of disappointed rowers was forced to turn around and head back to school. While the rowers were extremely downhearted it was the correct decision to make.
Schools Head of the River and Junior Sculling Head
The cancellation of the Heineken Cup was followed by all other Regattas and Head Races being cancelled.
Our squads have been training hard through an awful winter in preparation for 2 National events in March. The Schools Head and the Junior Sculling Head on 15th and 18th of March are the pinnacle of the winter Head Racing Season and marks the end of the winter and the start of the summer racing. These 2 races were both unfortunately cancelled.
Some of our crews spent the week training in London in preparation for these events.
Days later news of National Schools Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta, the Junior Would Championships and the Coupe De La Jeunesse also all being cancelled effectively drew an end to the season.
This was devastating news to our rowers who have trained so hard over the winter and missed so many races between November to March because of the awful winter weather we have experienced this season.
Since school has shut the boat club has had a strong online training and racing presence. Many of our squad members have rowing machines at home and we assigned as many rowing machines as we could for our rowers to take home.
Our squads meet regularly online to train together, encourage each other on and compare scores.
World Erg Challenges
In March, Concept 2 launched an online challenge for clubs and schools. The World Erg Challenge was a competition to see how far a group of rowers could row in one month. The event had over 700 teams enter from all over the world. Borlase finished 24th out of 721 teams and were the second in the school event. Team Borlase and it’s 97 members covered over 8 million meters and finished in front of Eton College and the Polish National team.
This month we are competing in the Spring VIII series which consists of 6 weekly challenges and a league table. We are 3 weeks into this challenge and Borlase are currently in 1st position having won 2 of the events. We are competing against crews from Germany, USA, Canada and New Zealand.