After weeks of planning and training that wasn’t without incident and injury, the Hertford Hugh’s Hall super VIII arrived to a glorious sunny day in London ready to do battle with the Tideway. The crew welcomed into its ranks Graham Baird and Ben Wedd, both presidents of their respective clubs, Teddy Hall and St. Hugh’s (hence the name).
Also returning from rather lengthly injury absences were Chris Jones and Simon Zieleniewski. We boated from Furnivall to rapturous applause from the spectating hordes and joined the masses of boats paddling down to the start. By Barnes bridge we waited and entertained ourselves by urinating into Oasis bottles and watching with great amusement as Jesus College Ox were spun by the tide causing a huge panic in the marshalling area. On we waited as the big boys rowed past until eventually as about crew number 90 passed us, we were informed that boats were sinking at the finish due to high winds against the tide, so the race was being abandoned. We paddled back to Hammersmith and thus ended our Head of the River race for another year. This year we actually got onto the Tideway, but alas, it was not to be once again. Instead, we made rapid progress to the Blue Anchor where heavy drinking commenced and stories were regaled of how Molesey and Leander got away with one again. Hertford still remain unbeaten in three years of Head of the River.
On to regatta season we head.
- Simon Zieleniewski, Men’s Captain