Boston Rowing Club’s Tilly Ireland and Emma Feerick travelled to Ghent in northern Belgium for the International May Regatta.
The duo were entered in the senior women’s 2x against formidable opposition, including Olympic gold medallists and the famous Leander Boat Club.
On day one, 13 crews presented themselves for starters orders, Boston having drawn Leander and two other UK-based crews.
Leander were clear winners, although the Boston pair caught and passed Upper Thames Rowing club in the final 500m to finish in fifth overall.
Day two brought gale-force winds and bitingly cold temperatures.
Only 11 crews were brave enough to take to the water and this time Boston were up against Maidenhead RC and Henley RC.
A strong start held them alongside Maidenhead, but the experienced southern club gradually pulled away. However, Tilly and Emma finished 20 seconds ahead of the Henley crew with a faster time than day one and another ninth place finish.
Boston’s juniors recorded five victories at the Leicester Regatta, which earned them the Victor Ludorum pennant for most successful junior club.
Lucie Scott cruised to victory in her single scull, Polly and Saffy Summerfield emerged victorious after a nail-biting finish to their double scull and Dingo Summerfield romped home in the junior 14 men’s scull.
Jacques Garvey and Oliver Tunnard notched up a win in their junior 14 double.
A small but select squad from Boston Rowing Club competed at Nottingham City Regatta at the National Watersports Centre on Saturday.
As a Henley qualifier, this regatta was always going to provide some stiff competition.
First up was Tilly Ireland in the WJ17 1x.
Conditions were ideal and early predictions were for a fast race.
A rogue stroke off the start left Tilly with plenty of work to do, but she rallied hard in the last 1,000m to claim a solid third place.
This result will set Tilly in good order for the National School Championships next weekend at the same venue.
Emma Feerick, currently the highest-ranked female sculler in Boston, took to the water in the W IM2 1x.
The entry was one of the largest of the day with 14 scullers racing over three heats.
The wind had picked up significantly, which was a disadvantage to Emma, as two much heavier scullers claimed the two necessary qualifying places to the final, with Emma a close third.
Her time would have won heat three and claimed second place in heat two.
Finally came the chance of the newly-formed W Nov 4x. The four girls were bumped up to the next status in order to have a race, pitting them against Bedford and Norwich RC.
The girls put on a great performance, claiming a tight third place.
This achievement is even more noteable as their number two woman Jenna Chalmers has only been rowing for three months.