VANCOUVER – On Friday, October 31, the UBC Thunderbirds varsity rowing squads will travel to Elk Lake, Victoria to race at the 2014 Canadian University National Championships (CURC). The 13 men and 13 women representing UBC will race against the top university programs from around the country with the hopes of being crowned national champions.
The CURC regatta takes place in two parts. The time trials will run on Nov. 1, and is used as a qualifier for the finals, which take place on Sunday, Nov. 2. The crews will receive points for their final rank and these will be aggregated to determine a national champion for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The UBC crews are looking to build on their performances from two weekends ago when, both the men’s and women’s teams were crowned Western Canadian University Champions.
“We are confident in our ability, but it’s going to require precise execution,” said men’s captain, Angus Todd, who is racing in his fourth National Championships. “The field seems to be continually getting faster and deeper so the margin for error is almost non-existent.”
Last year, both the men and women’s teams narrowly missed the top spot, each placing second behind Western University.
“Coming so close has definitely been a driving motivation behind our work this past year,” said women’s captain Jannelle Mackoff, “and we are excited to show our hard-earned speed this weekend.”
While the varsity crews are racing at CURC this weekend, the junior varsity teams will be in Seattle, racing at the Head of the Lake regatta, and testing their speed against crews from western North America.