UCD’s Senior and Intermediate 8s competed at the 2016 Head of the River race from Mortlake to Putney on the River Thames in London on 19th March.
This was the first UCD Senior 8+ to race at the event since 2009 so the crew was not seeded as highly as their current form would suggest, beginning the race in 44th. Despite this, they made their way through the field well and overtook a number of crews, although they were unfortunate to encounter one boat on a corner which resulted in a deviation from their preferred racing line.
They finished in 18:38.96, 26th overall, or as the 2nd fastest overseas university. Trinity were the fastest overseas university, finishing 25th overall and 1.43 seconds ahead of UCD, having began the race in 17th. Combined with UCD’s win at the Gannon Cup last week, results so far suggest that this season will include a fine battle between these two Dublin universities.
Both universities also fielded second 8s, with UCD finishing in 19:19.09, 73rd overall, to Trinity’s 64th by just over 5 seconds.
Full results are available at horr.co.uk.