Ladies J18 four taking the win at Medway head

The autumn head race season has got off to a good start for Gravesend RC, with the switch to winter training already paying off.

On Sunday 23 September, we entered 16 crews into Maidstone Small Boats Head. The weather wasn’t in our favour, with rain persisting until the final division and rowers getting pretty cold and wet waiting for their race. Despite the poor weather, a number of novice rowers completed their first race in good time, and our experienced crews pushed hard for an improvement on last year’s times. Our senior men continued their winning streak by taking home the win for fastest open double (although they escaped home into the warm before their medals were awarded so photo to follow later).

Medway Head poses more of a challenge; at 5k it’s twice the length of Maidstone and requires a row to the start against the tide before racing gets underway. We entered three crews of senior rowers, including a number of our J18 boys and girls who have been working hard to earn their place among the adults. The weather this time was on our side, with warm sunshine and flat water the order of the day. Our senior men and senior women, in a coxless quad and coxed four respectively, did well placing in the middle of the table for their categories. Our J18 ladies built on their earlier success at Danson to take the win, however, for the women’s coxed quads – well done ladies!

Our final race of the year will be the fours head, where 7 of those competing at Medway will be taking on crews from across the country racing on the Championship course on the tideway on 3rd November.