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Boat club aims for top spot

Boat Club members are setting their sights on Edinburgh becoming the premier rowing University in the UK.

Edinburgh rowers have completed a highly successful season which has seen them achieve their highest ever rankings - second place - in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships.

Their successful 2014/15 season was capped by a strong showing in the recent Glasgow-Edinburgh Boat Race.

Annual boat race

Edinburgh came out on top in the 136th annual boat race with its Glasgow rivals. Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger, who has previously competed in the event, started the 1st VIII male and female races - which were both won by Edinburgh.

The main teams consist of eight rowers and a cox, who sits on the stern facing the bow to steer and co-ordinate the rowers.

The boats followed a 1.7 mile (2.7km) route along the Clyde from the Kingston Bridge to the Tall Ship at the Riverside Museum.

Edinburgh's men had last won the race in 1999.

Latest triumph

There were six races in total, with Edinburgh winning the male reserve race and Glasgow winning the female equivalent.

Former Glasgow University students proved to be the best of the previous generations as both male and female teams won the alumni races.

Hundreds of people gathered in the sunshine beside the Tall Ship and the Riverside Museum to watch the event.

It is the latest triumph in a highly successful season which has seen Edinburgh rowers achieve their highest ever rankings in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships.

Edinburgh’s rowers have benefitted from significant investment in new equipment during the 2014/15 season.

Now the club wants to strengthen for next season. It is keen to hear from all athletes who are considering taking part in the sport for the first time.

The club’s Head of Rowing Colin Williamson has invited prospective members to attend an open day, to be held at the University’s Centre for Sport and Exercise next Friday (13 June).

At the event, potential recruits will have a chance to find out more about the club’s performance programme.