Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: Boys' 2nd VIII win gold at the Wallingford Regatta

Friday 11 May 2018

The Boat Club had four crews competing at the Wallingford Regatta held at Dorney Lake over the Coach Weekend.

The boys' 1st VIII competed in the Challenge Eights event and came third in their heat. Their time put them ahead of three crews that beat them at Schools’ Head, which provided some encouragement after missing out on the final.

The best result of the Regatta came from a fantastic race by the boys' 2nd VIII competing for the Evening Post Challenge Cup against other 2nd VIIIs and some 1st VIIIs.  The crew came second in their heat by one second and knew they had a race on their hands for the final. 

At the halfway mark in the final, there were five crews in contention with less than a length separating all the boats. The 2nd VIII showed great character to maintain their form and hold off the challenges from the other four to record an impressive win in a very competitive event.

The girls’ 1st VIII raced in the J18 category and had tough heat. They had a good battle with the crews that placed third and fourth but had to settle for fifth, missing out on the final by three seconds.

The boys' J16 VIII raced in near perfect conditions in the afternoon with blue skies and no wind. In their heat they produced an impressive start, to lead the race through the halfway mark. They lost their form a bit in the closing stages and finished second, qualifying for the final. 

They didn’t produce quite the same speed out of the blocks in the final, but they had a strong row in a tremendous race, with four seconds separating the top five crews. They came in fourth but made good progress through the event and are looking forward to the National Schools’ Regatta to be held at the same venue at the end of May.

Athol Hundermark, Director of Rowing

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