RSSBC's 1st and 2nd VIIIs had their last chance to hone their racing skills at the annual North of England Head, this was to be the third race in three weeks for these two crews.
As the crews raced down the straight with one thousand metres to go it was fairly obvious by the gap between our 1st VIII and the rest of the pack that this was going to be a good day for the boatclub. Defending their title from last year as fastest crew our boys (and Sophie!) came out on top once again. More significant was the margin: last year we sneaked victory by one second, whereas this year this increased to sixteen seconds over 2nd placed Durham University 2nd VIII, and the distance over King's School Chester was a massive 43 seconds.
Our 2nd VIII had an equally encouraging day, coming 2nd in their event, behind Durham University 3rd VIII. Again, they were pitting themselves against much older and physically stronger opponents. Our crew has most certainly picked up speed in the last few weeks and they will be totally focused on giving their best when they meet and race other school second VIIIs."
Overall, a very encouraging day.
We have a record 11 School crews entering next week's Schools' Head - the biggest event of our rowing calendar - on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March. The J14 group race at Dorney Lake on Monday at 3.30. The Girls, J15, 1st, 2nd and 3rd VIIIs start on the Tideway at 2.15 on Tuesday 20th March. We wish them every success.