The squad got off to an excellent start to the new season at the first competition of the year, which saw Durham out in front with ten medals. This performance earned the University sixty-six BUCS points; this leaves the university as a whole at the top of the BUCS table.
Preparation had been characteristically tough with a grueling pre-season camp, the new intake were exceptionally talented and proved to put the cat amongst the pigeons. The top performance of the weekend has to be the heavyweight mens pair (Matt Rossitter, Stu McCluskey) taking gold in the face of strong opposition from Cambridge and Oxford Brookes. The womens doubles also had a strong result both picking up silver and bronze medals. The mens lightweight pair, featuring mens captain Peter Hudson and Boatman Stewart West showed good early season form, and picked up a silver medal. Perennial performer Emily Taylor took Gold in the women’s championship single by a margin of twenty-nine seconds.
The focus of the squad now moves out of the small boats into the fours and quads for the fours head in two weeks time.