Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: Eights' Head of the River, Schools' Head and Junior Sculling Head

Wednesday 14 March 2018

The Boat Club have had a busy week, with 19 crews competing over Sunday 11th, Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March.

The senior boys had two crews racing at the Eights' Head of the River on the Tideway in London.

Over 300 senior men’s crews from clubs and universities from around Europe competed over the four-and-a-half-mile course.

For only the second time in the event’s history, there was a dead heat for the win between Oxford Brookes University and Leander Rowing Club. This is remarkable, given that the crews were racing for over 17 minutes and could not be separated from the video feeds. Huge congratulations go to last year’s RSSBC Captain of Boats Matthew Rowe, who was competing in the Oxford Brookes Boat.

The first of the senior boats came 42nd and was the fastest junior crew competing in the event. The second boat came 103rd.

On Monday, eight crews took to the same stretch of the river, this time in the Schools’ Head of the River which attracted a field of 356 crews. All the boys’ crews were competing in the highest tier of their categories and recorded the following results:

1st VIII - 6th of 15
2nd VIII - 4th of 11
3rd VIII - 5th of 7
J16 Coxed Four - 4th of 17
J16 VIII - 11th of 13
J15A VIII - 13th of 17
J15 2nd VIII - 6th of 25

The senior girls’ second boat competed in the girls’ School 1st VIII category, coming 9th of 14.

On Tuesday nine crews were racing a bit further out of London at Dorney Lake at the Junior Sculling Head.

Not to be outdone by the scale of the previous two events, 556 crews took to the water over the course of the day.

The first Shrewsbury crew of the day was the lead senior girls’ boat in the quad that came 15th of 36 in WJ18 4X. The next senior girls’ boat in the WJ17 4X category came 15th of 24.

The J15 girls raced against another 61 other crews in their event, coming in 32nd.

The J15 boys who raced in the eight the day before took to the water in the octuple to pick up our first silverware of the week with a thrilling bronze medal.

The last four events of the day saw chaos aplenty and was not for the fainthearted, as the J14s took to the water en masse for their first ever national competition.

Five Shrewsbury octuples joined the flotilla and recorded some fantastic results against a very competitive field.

The highlight was a bronze medal for the boys’ A boat in a field of 58 crews. The girls’ A boat also put in a strong performance to come 11th of 48 boats.

The boys’ B & C crews came 6th and 5th respectively against their opposition.

The girls’ B crew unfortunately had a bit of a shipwreck in their last leg and had to settle for 14th place.

Mr Hundermark, Director of Rowing


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