The 1st VIII travelled to Henley on Friday 31st May to spend two days training on the Thames in preparation for the Henley Royal Regatta at the start of July. The crew were fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at Leander Club for the weekend and experience the atmosphere of the most prestigious rowing club in the world. The weather was excellent and the training was tough, but the experience is one that will live with the crew for years to come.
The VIII raced at the Metropolitan Regatta held on Dorney Lake on Sunday. The crew were competing for the George Hallowes Memorial Trophy in the IM2 VIIIs division. With thirteen senior club and university crews entered into the race, the crew were the only school crew competing. In the heat the crew made a strong start and then looked to manage their pace in the closing stages in order to conserve energy for the final. They came in second and qualified for the final.
In the final the crew once again got off to a flier and put themselves in a strong position by taking a length on the field in the first 500m. The crew maintained a length over the second place crew from Upper Thames over the middle of the course and then stretched away in the closing stages to record an excellent result and win the event by five seconds.