Fifth place for Feerick and Ireland

Emma Feerick and Tilly Ireland.
Emma Feerick and Tilly Ireland.

The Metropolitan Regatta is widely recognised as the final warm-up to the prestigious Ladies’ and Men’s Henley Regattas.

A strict adult-only event on the 2012 Olympic course, it offers only high-level events for those who are serious in the sport.

Boston Rowing Club’s crew of Tilly Ireland and Emma Feerick entered the double scull, looking to try to cause an upset.

The duo have had a great season to date, but the Metro was going to be a different challenge entirely.

Due to the high level of competition, the girls were expected to race two categories above their British Rowing Status, which meant they were pitted against several higher-ranked crews.

They lined up in heat one alongside boats from Tideway Scullers, Vesta and Henley Rowing Club to name a few.

Only two crews would progress to the final, with the third and fourth places entered into a repechage.

The Boston crew got off to a flying start, sitting second after 250m.

However, the class of some of the other crews really began to show in the middle 1,000m.

Boston put in a late surge for the line, but could only secure fifth place.

Their time, however, put them ahead of some formidable opposition such as Oxford Brookes University and local rivals Nottingham.

Head coach Adam Berry was very pleased with the result, and it stands the girls in good stead heading into Henley Women’s Regatta.