For the first time in its nine year history, a Shrewsbury crew was invited to race in this year’s BASHER Regatta on the Olympic rowing lake at Dorney.
This great invitation event was established as BASHER (Bedford, Abingdon, St Paul’s, Hampton, Eton and Radley) to enable close multi-lane racing early in the regatta season.
Due to four of our boys being involved in GB Trials on Sunday (details to follow), it was decided that our 2nd 8 would travel to this event on Saturday 28th April.
After the initial 1900 metre time trial, our boat was put - as expected - into the top group of 12 crews, comprising some 1st 8’s, some 2nd and the country’s top J16 crews.
The first of the 2 K races was a disappointment, not helped by a cox box failure. However this was indeed the point of this trip to Dorney, and with a young crew the chance to compete in close six lane racing was the objective.
The last race was rowed in a much more mature manner and established our crew as medal contenders at NSR on 2nd June.
Crew: C Clarke, C Lane-Fox, M Pattison-Appleton, D Beeston, R Homden, W Angell-James, J Kynaston, A Angpanitcharoen, cox J Eardley