The Boys’ 1st, 2nd, J15A and Girls’ J15A VIIIs travelled to the Bedford Regatta in search of strong competition to fine-tune their race plans.
The event was held in ideal conditions and with plenty of racing for the crews. The Boys’ 1st VIII and 2nd VIII repeated their remarkable feat from last year in both reaching the final of the top Open Eights event, where the 1st VIII took the honours. Both crews also reached the final of their respective events, 1st & 2nd VIIIs, where they both put down an impressive marker of winning in quick times.
The J15 Boys’ and Girls’ VIIIs both came unstuck against the eventual winners in their rounds of racing. The crews then broke up into fours and quads, with the J15 Boys’ Four and the J15 Girls’ Quad both making the final from a strong field of crews.
The Boys’ Four narrowly lost out to St Paul’s in the final. After four rounds of racing in the knockout format regatta, the Girls’ Quad came up against Kingston Grammar School in the final and produced a fantastic row to win by one-and-a-half lengths.
The Senior Girls’ 1st and 2nd Quads and the J16 Eight travelled to Nottingham for the Notts City Regatta to get some racing on a multi-lane course. The J16 Eight had some tough competition in the final of the J16 event. The crew showed a good turn of speed in the second half of the race to secure third place.
The Girls’ 1st Quad raced in two doubles in the morning and had a close race with each other in the heat to come in first and second. In the final they came in third and fourth. In the Quads racing both crews put out strong performances to win their respective events.
The rest of the Boat Club stayed in Shrewsbury to compete in the Shrewsbury Regatta. There were encouraging performances from many of the crews, but particular congratulations go to the winners of the following events:
- Girls’ 2nd VIII in Women’s Eights
- Boys’ 3rd VIII in J18 Eights and J17 Coxed Fours
- Archie McKirdy in J18 singles
- Orlando Williams in J16 singles
- Louis Nares and George Bramwell in Open Pairs
- Senior Girls in the WJ17 Quads
Director of Rowing