In recent years it has become an LSERC tradition to enter an overseas regatta in a European city, be totally outclassed by the competition, but still have an amazing weekend. Because the club is actually performing quite well at the moment, we had to carefully choose a regatta that would ensure we wouldn’t break this tradition. In hindsight, inflating our 2k erg times to an average of about 6:20 for the guys and 7:30 for the girls was probably too far, but it meant we all got accepted into the elite category of the Heineken Roeivierkamp, a huge regatta in Amsterdam. In events which were later described as ‘character building’, we stuck to the script and were completely outperformed by some good-looking and exceptionally tall Dutch people. We also stuck to the other half of the tradition and had a very memorable weekend in Amsterdam.
Written by Toby Cook