BUCS Regatta 2021

Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th June
National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta was postponed from its usual date in early May to Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th June. As always, the event will be held at the National Water Sports Centre, in Nottingham.

Though many of our members have been unable to return to the university after easing of lockdown measures, we have had a small core who have been able to return to the water - they will be racing this week!

Watch us race online!

All crews race in a time trial in the morning, hoping to qualify for a final to take place the same afternoon. You will be able to watch the races via the BUCS Facebook page or YouTube channel.

  • Racing on Thursday: women’s coxed four (time trial at 08:30), men’s pair (time trial at 08:50).
  • Racing on Saturday: men’s coxed four (time trial at 09:40).

Our crews

Women’s coxed four (WInt4+)

For three members of our women’s coxed four, this is their last opportunity to row for Kent before graduating later this year: Eleanor has been with us for four years and held several committee positions including President; Jenny and Kayley have been bastions of our top women’s boat since joining us three years ago, and have both held committee roles for the last two years. We wish them luck, and we are all sad to see them go!

Though this crew has not been able to train as much as they would have liked due to those pesky finals getting in the way, they have enjoyed every bit of their last time on the water sporting the Kent colours.

Women's coxed four

From left to right:

  • Jenny Ingram - Stroke - 3rd year, Economics
  • Kayley Gibbons - 3 - 3rd year, Architecture
  • Eleanor Philpott - 2 - 4th year, LLM International Law
  • Minty Gray - Bow - 3rd year, Biology
  • (centre) Ewan Elder - Cox - 3rd year, Economics with Year In Industry

Not pictured:

  • Ségolène Gence - Cox - 1st year, PhD Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Amy Sparkes - Cox - 2nd year, Geography
  • Hrutvik Kanabar - Coach - 3rd year, PhD Computer Science

Men’s pair (MInt2-)

Our men’s pair has been training hard, including through the exam period, both on land and on the water. Thomas will be graduating later this year after a four-year career with Kent, where he learned to row as a novice! He will continue his progress through the GB talent identification program, working towards his goal of trialling for the U23 squad - we wish him all the best and are excited to see where his talent will take him!

The men’s pair is grateful to Medway Towns Rowing Club, who have loaned them Fran, a more high-performance boat than the one owned by our club.

  • Rory Boylen - Bow - 2nd year, Military History
  • Thomas Richards - Stroke - 4th year, Master’s in Finance
  • Jack Gault - Coach - 1st year, Military History

Men’s coxed four (MInt4+)

Due to COVID-19, our men’s coxed four has not had the opportunity to train together before BUCS - they will be racing as a scratch crew. For Gabriel, this will be his last chance to race with us - he joined us two years ago, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic has been a thoroughly committed member of our club - he will be missed!

  • Ewan Elder - Bow - 3rd year, Economics with Year In Industry
  • Gabriel Jose - 2 - 3rd year, Computer Science
  • Rory Boylen - 3 - 2nd year, Military History
  • Thomas Richards - Stroke - 4th year, Master’s in Finance
  • Jack Gault - Cox - 1st year, Military History

Results

  • WInt4+: beat 7 crews to qualify for an F final, in which they placed 2nd.
  • MInt2-: beat 6 crews to qualify for a C final.
  • MInt4-: unfortunately missed out on qualification by 7 seconds.

You can watch the finals here: WInt4+, MInt2-.