The J15A squad receiving their Coronation Regatta trophy from Sir Steve Redgrave
L to r: Henry Thomas, Joe Davies, Paddy George, Guy Cabral (cox), Alex Matthews, Harry Lane-Fox, Jake Carter, Alfie Grocott, Wilf Deacon
Following an excellent win by a length at the Marlow Regatta the previous day and at the end of what has been a tremendous season, the J15A VIII headed to Windsor on Sunday 16th June for the Coronation Regatta. Set up as part of the Queen's 60th anniversary of her Coronation, the Regatta was staged on her Windsor Estate, on the Thames, with the Castle as a back drop. The Queen came down to watch a few of the races - though unfortunately none of ours!
Against opposition from Abingdon and Canford Schools, our J15A VIII romped to victory in style. The boys were very excited to hear that the presentation would be conducted by Sir Steve Redgrave.
Meanwhile the 1st VIII competed in the J18 VIIIs division and came up against Canford School in the semi-final. The race went much to the form book as the 1st VIII rowed through Canford in the first 500m and held their advantage in the closing stages to set up a final against National Schools’ winners Abingdon.
In the final the 1st VIII had a blistering start and drove off the blocks impressively to take an early lead that they managed to extend to half a length after 300m. Abingdon showed their strength and class to come back on terms with 400m to go in the 1000m race. The crew challenged bravely but were unable to hold Abingdon in the closing stages and lost by one length. The crew can draw confidence from their efforts and will be working hard in the remaining few weeks in the lead up to the Henley Royal Regatta.
Below: The J15A VIII approaching the finish at Windsor