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BUCS 4s & 8s Head - 22/23 February 2020
Saturday and beginners were lost, but Sunday ran
The premier winter student rowing competition came to the Tyne on Sunday 23 February 2020. It should have run on Saturday, the day before, as well but an adverse weather forecast intervened. So the top crews were moved from Sat to Sun and the beginners got the chop! Conditions on Sunday were till pretty tricky, especially in the afternoon, but wind and waves did not defeat the crews and they battled on. Division 1 went as planned in pretty calm conditions.
Crews at start of Division 2 on 23-02-20
Crews bunched up waiting for Division 2 of the BUCS Head, at Scotswood Bridge

The Div 2 start was brought upstream a bit to avoid choppy water for marshalling at Derenthaugh, but otherwise went as planned - but hard work for the crews against a strong west wind. Just one boat did not finish (or start) due to getting entangled with a post near the shore in a rigger and being swamped during the attempted rescue. Newcastle University BC turned up trumps and won both Women's and Men's Victor Ludorum prizes.

Results by crew are at
BUCS Head in 2021
We are not sure if the timing was deliberate or not, but an exercise to find an organisation to provide the venue for the next three years starting February 2021 was launched just before the 2020 event described above. See the invitation on the British Rowing web site here.

There is no news on this as at mid-June 2020, so we can only assume the Coronavirus has cut across that exercise and delayed any announcement. So we might get it on the Tyne and we might not (if it runs at all).

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