On Saturday 5th March Ardingly Rowing Club joined 319 others crews of 9 for the Women's Eights Head of the River Race - the largest women's rowing race in the World.
It is held over the 4.25 mile Boat Race course in reverse, Mortlake to Putney, and was first run 76 years ago with just 5 crews.
Ardingly Rowing Club doesn't own an eight-oared boat or have eight women's oars so the crew relied on former Club-mates to lend them equipment and managed just two training outings in the boat.
Despite the challenges, they achieved the best finish yet for the Club in this event - 116th of 320, and winning the inaugural pennant for Small Clubs.
The crew was three teenagers and five Masters rowers - four of them have been rowing for some years, whilst the others are fairly new to the sport having learned to row at Ardingly.
Women's Squad Coach, Colin Barratt told us, 'They raced well together and had a side-by-side battle with another crew for over 2.5 miles, showing determination and desire, especially in the challenging hailstorm they had to row through.
It was an excellent race and an excellent result.
I am very proud of them, and they should feel proud of themselves'.
The 3 younger women move out of the crew now, as the Masters will be joined by Club-mates to train for the Veteran's Head of the River on Sunday 20th March.
They were second in their age group at this event in 2015, so they are hoping some of the confidence gained from this weekend's row will help spur them on next Sunday.
The Club is actively fundraising for equipment for the women and girls - Friend of Ardingly Rowing Club membership costs just £104 per year for local businesses.