The RSSBC Girls' Crew arrived in London on Friday afternoon in order to take their first paddle on the famous Boat Race course. A short paddle beyond Hammersmith Bridge allowed to them to get a feel for the tidal stretch of water, and the sheer scale. Undeterred, they challenged local club Pengwern to a few short pieces which saw the Novice school crew hold their own against a senior crew. Job Done!
Race day meant an early start, but amid the chaos of other crews arriving and rigging, the Shrewsbury crew were able to sit and contemplate the next few hours.
The race went as well as we could possibly have hoped. Having overtaken two crews within the first 4 minutes of the race, the crew were sitting strong. They found their more familiar race pace slightly later than intended, but it was this that then allowed them then to challenge the next fleet of crews. A tussle with 4 other boats highlighted the tenacity of cox Amy Steventon, as they emerged 2nd. This placed the crew in a strong position to then push for the finish line.
The crew exceeded all expectations finishing 220th overall, and climbing 62 places. Within the Novice Academic category they finished 18th/39, and placed 33rd/64 across the overall Novice group.
Having raced at both Reading and the Women’s Head, the girls now turn their attention to improving on last year’s penultimate position when they compete against the country’s School Crews at the Schools’ Head on Tuesday 20th March.