Viva Espana!

Viva Espana!

Nottingham rowing club sent a quad to the 16th Trefeu Internacional Cuitat de Barcelona held in Barcelona port on Sunday 20th November. The crew of Yasmin, Ellie, Philly and Nikki, accompanied by Dez and Lauren, travelled out to Barcelona on the Thursday before to allow time to train in the boat and gel as a crew. The event was sponsored by the Reial Club Maritim de Barcelona.

After training each day the crew made the most of being in Barcelona and visited some of the sites, including Gaudi’s imposing Sagrada Familia and the Parc Montjuic which provides stunning views of the port and contains some of the Olympic venues used in the 1992 Olympics.

6 crews were competing in the event, which was run in the format of a 650m sprint regatta, with the winner of each heat going directly through to the final, with the rest having another chance to reach the final through the repecharge. Despite some challenging conditions on the water, the crew qualified directly through to the final, winning their heat by 1 ½ lengths. The final was run 90 minutes later. The quad had a strong start, gaining a couple of lengths lead, which combined with a controlled middle part of the race allowed them to maintain this lead to cross the line half a length ahead of their closest opposition.

                               The girls with their winners trophy and book of the club's history

The crew felt that this was a great opportunity to race in an exciting and unusual location and it helped break up the long winter months before the summer season begins. The sunshine also helped! We would like to thank the race committee; particularly Iris and Sonia, and the Reial Club Maritim de Barcelona for organising this event and making us feel so welcome, we hope to return next year.

1 comment:

  1. Well done girls and what an awesome regatta to be invited to. Would you like to write a quick report about it for the Rowperfect news readers? send your article to becky [at] rowperfect [dot] co [dot] uk


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