1st VIII Training Camp, Lake Bala
Ten Senior oarsmen departed School in torrential rain on Friday 14th February for a training camp on Lake Bala in Wales. More known as a destination for sailing, the 5km lake is an ideal stretch of water for training if the wind is light. But with winds of 20mph plus battering Wales on Friday and Saturday, the crew were put to work in the swimming pool at the local leisure centre rather than attempting to surf the rolling waves.
On Saturday the lake rose rapidly to leave the trailer precariously axle-deep in water with no way out. Fortunately the weather improved, allowing the crew to get out on Saturday evening and then at will from Sunday to Tuesday.
The warm accommodation at Abercelyn Cottages provided an ideal location to rest and get on with work between sessions. On Sunday evening the crew enjoyed a bonfire and BBQ on the beach, kindly put on by the Mr Clarke, father of Charlie (O).
On Tuesday morning we awoke to 5km of mirror-flat water to make use of. With snow-covered hills and not another soul on the water, it was a great way to end the camp and put together all the technical work covered in the preceding days.
Rob Homden (Rb UVI)
GB Trials, Boston
The Boat Club took three athletes to the GB Long Distance Trials in Boston, Lincolnshire on Saturday 22nd February.
A boys’ pair of George Patterson (R) and Toby Thomas (SH) finished 11th out of 38 in the 5 km time trial, which puts them in a strong position to advance to the next round of assessments.
Lettie Tay (MSH) finished 11th out of 36 in the girls’ single scull, having already participated in a gruelling land assessment. As a whole these were encouraging performances from the three Lower Sixth pupils.
George Patterson (R)