SUBC Ranked Third at International Universities Rowing Regatta, Shanghai ChinaSUBC Eight head out to race in Shanghai The SUBC men’s eight, off the back of a three-nil win in a series of races against the New Zealand Universities Eight in Brisbane, headed to China to compete in the International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR). The crew of Jacob Bicknell, Hamish Playfair, Campbell Watts, Tom Whitehead, Jack Cook, Andrew Judge, Jack Hanley and Gus Robinson, with cox William Raven, reserve David Bartholot, coaches Tom Sacre and Tom Minifie, on paper the SUBC eight was a good mix of youth and experience, with a number of the other invited crews showing more pedigree than the young Sydney crew. The competition format was slightly modified from the original plan, due to government restrictions on the use of the Huangpu River, this resulted in one day of 2km eights racing, followed by a 1 minute ergo-meter competition the next day. SUBC comfortably won the heat of the men’s eight, allowing them to proceed straight through to the final, the times from both heats were nearly identical, with local Shanghai Jiao Tong University winning the other heat. Through the repechages Oxford, Cambridge, Wuhan and Hitotsubashi qualified to fill out the six-boat A final. The A final saw Shanghai Jiao Tong University jump out with a blistering start that no crew was able to hunt down, Wuhan University also benefitted from a fast start, leaving the rest of the field chasing the two local crews. SUBC was one of the slowest off the blocks, so had a large task on their hands, the middle thousand meters of the race showed a strong characteristic of Sydney University men’s eights, with the crew charging through the bulk of the field, rowing down both Oxford and Cambridge, and pushing for second place in a battle with Wuhan University. The line came too early for the charge from Sydney University.

The final rankings were: 1. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China 2. Wuhan University, China 3. Sydney University, Australia 4. Oxford University, UK 5. Hitotsubashi University, Japan 6. Cambridge University, UK 7. Chi Nan University, Taiwan 8. Yale University, USA 9. Tsinghua University, China 10. Peking University, China 11. Hong Kong University, Hong Kong 12. Seoul University, South Korea SUBC team with our hosts and interpreters The following day saw each crewmember complete a 1-minute erg in the main quad of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, with the crew covering the greatest distance over the 8x1min declared the winner. SUBC was one of the most vocal crews in this competition, and won the support of all crowd members. Unfortunately the crew were not able to replicate the on water performance, being more endurance rather than sprint athletes, seeing the final positioning of sixth in the erg challenge.

Following racing the invited international crews were given a few days to explore the sights and culture of Shanghai, with the organising committee having planned a number of exciting events for the crews. These events included a sunset boat cruise on the Huangpu River, a visit to a traditional Chinese village, a trip to local markets as well as a number of trips to restaurants to experience the local cuisine. A great deal of thanks is owed to the Chinese Rowing Association and the organising committee of the IURR as the trip was fully funded by these organisations for international crews, as well as being a great experience for all involved. Thanks should also go to SUBC Club President Steve Newnham for attending the trip as team photographer and mascot.

Official IURR Video: https://youtu.be/w5BKcIly5PU

SUBC 1-Minute Erg Challenge: https://youtu.be/cVfXXhLZFto

SUBC Cultural Performance of Land Down Under by Jacob Bicknell: https://youtu.be/7RBpHdcVU48