It was a baptism of fire for the six new crew members of the Secklow Hundred dragon boat squad as they took to the waters for the Henley winter series.
The Series comprises of long distance time trial over a circular race course of approximately 7.5 km, with a turn around two islands at each end of the course.
The turns and staggered start provide exciting racing for the crews and a spectacle for supporters and spectators alike, cheering the crews from the bank.
The winter series comprises of four long distance dragon boat time trials and has been running since 2004.
With other crews insight the racing began and in true Secklow Hundred spirit, everyone dug deep reacting to every call from coach Jill Richardson.
But despite their best efforts, the Secklow boat was caught by Hurricanes.
Secklow battled hard to remain in their wash and before Hurricanes found another gear and began to pull away.
The journey back after Temple Island seemed a long and against the flow of the river and Secklow had to settle for a seventh place finish out of 13 crews - a good start to the winter season.
Rower Clare Lawson said: “The new members of the club had a very exhausting but exalting experience and are looking forward to the next race in the series.
“It was a exciting to be racing after the disappointment of last year when every race was cancelled due to either the river flow being to strong or snowy conditions.”
This follows a successful summer season of sprint races finishing fifth overall in the National finals in September, with the last of the 200k, and 500k racing.
If you are interested, the team are keen to get new members. For more info, visit www.secklow.com