Shrewsbury School

RSSBC: Shrewsbury Regatta success

Monday 13 May 2013

It was a busy weekend for the RSSBC at the Shrewsbury Regatta (11th - 12th May), with 28 crews racing on Saturday and 17 crews racing on Sunday.  The Regatta drew club, school and university crews from all over the country. 

On Saturday there were wins for the following crews: 1st VIII, Girls 1st IVx, 2nd VIII, J16A VIII (twice), J15A VIII, J15B VIII, J15 IV, and the J14A Octo.

On Sunday there were also terrific performances and wins in the following categories: IM1 4+, IM3 4+, J15A 4+, J16 4-, Elite 2-, J18 2-, and the J14A 2x.

2nd VIIISeniors

The Seniors enjoyed a successful weekend of racing with both the 1st and 2nd VIIIs winning both of their invitational races. The 1st VIII took on eights from Agecroft and King’s Chester and did well to take full advantage of the staggered start to maintain the lead and stretch away in the closing stages.

The 2nd VIII (pictured right in action) had similar success against Trafford and King’s Chester’s 2nd VIII.

On the Sunday a variety of small boats took to the water. The following crews deserve special mention for winning their events:

Elite Pairs: Harry Lonergan and Niall Barrow

IM1 4+:  Max Kimpton-Smith, Judah Rand, Peter Gadsden, Will Angell-James and Luke Koch De Gooreynd

J18 Pairs:  Ed Chapman and Sebastian Blake

The double scull of Charlie Clarke and Luke Koch De Gooreynd also deserve special mention. They won two tight races to make the final of novice doubles, which they lost in a close race.

On the Saturday of the Regatta, the J16A VIII won both J16 (beating the Grange School) and IM3 (beating Agecroft RC and Pengwern), the result of which is that the crew (which started the day as "novice") have now well and truly lost their novice status.

The J16B VIII, racing up an age group in J18, raced very well against King's Chester's 3rd VIII, but unfortunately just lost out. Splitting into two coxed fours later in the day, one half of the eight made it to the final of J16 fours but came up against a very strong Royal Chester crew.

The J16C four lost in the first round of Novice coxed fours to King's Chester.

On Sunday, Alex Powell (M) started off the day racing in J16 single sculls. A powerful showing in the semi-final put him up against a St Ives sculler who proved too strong in the final. Four boys from Rigg's Hall combined in IM3 fours, beating Bewdley RC and then Liverpool Victoria to win their event. The J16 pair of George Patterson (R) and Toby Thomas (SH) lost out to a pair from the 2nd VIII in J18 pairs. Lastly in an invitational race against a Sabrina crew, the J16 coxless four won by an official verdict of two feet in the penultimate race of the day.

Particular congratulations go to Charlie Johnston (R) and Eliott Robinson-Boulton (R) who finished the weekend undefeated in four separate categories.

Both A and B eights were to race their North of England rivals, King's School Chester in straight finals on Saturday. As expected, the A crew dispatched King's A Crew with relative ease by a margin of around 3 lengths. However, the Bs had a much tougher task, having been beaten by their opposition by 2 lengths at Nottingham in April. A victory by our crew by a length shows how much the boys have come on over the last three weeks. Both crews were also racing in smaller boats, the Bs in a coxed four that lost in the semi-final of Novice fours to an Oxford college crew, who went on to win the final. The other half of the crew raced as a quad; they lost to a King's School Worcester crew, who would certainly have had more than one practice in the boat!

The A crew were split into two crews of around the same speed. One had to race a club crew from Northwich in a semi-final before a big grudge match against their own team mates. This race was eventually raced on Sunday; the margin two-thirds of a length.

Members of the J15 squad receiving their pewter tankards at the Shrewsbury Regatta, May 2013

Members of RSSBC J15 squad after collecting their first pewter Regatta tankards on Saturday

The Sunday is always taken as more a fun day and over a very short 500-metre course, our group of boys were set to race in three coxed fours and a quad. The two A boats again set to race each other. After a tactical crew change, the result was down to 1/2 a length. Verdict: great close racing!

The B coxed four made a great effort to race through two rounds successfully, in the novice four category (an open event for adults)  before losing the final by  a canvas (approx 8 feet!). The quad, after a fantastic effort in the closing stages, had an even closer verdict, losing out by 2 feet!

J15 A 8: Cox Guy Cabral. Harry Lane-Fox, Jake Carter, Alex Matthews, Wilf Deacon, Alfie Grocott, Joe Davies, Paddy George, Henry Thomas. WINNERS

J15B 8: Cox ED Jones. Doug Major, Mischa Manser, Nick Watkins, Charlie Rassmuss, Tom Sykes, Alex Brinkley, Hector Kaye, Rhys Ellott-Williams. WINNERS

J15 4: Cox Guy Cabral, Paddy George, Wilf Deacon, Alfie Grocott, Henry Thomas. WINNERS

J15 4: Cox Ed Jones, Harry Lane-Fox,Jake Carter, Alex Matthews, Joe Davies

Novice 4: Cox Guy Cabral, Nick Watkins, Charlie Rassmuss, Tom Sykes, Rhys Elliott-Williams

J15 4X+: Cox Ed Jones, Doug Major, Mischa Manser, Alex Brinkley, Alfred Mitchell

Winners of the J15 4+ Shrewsbury Regatta, May 2013

Winners of J15 4+ both days, left to right: Henry Thomas, Alex Matthews, Wilf Deacon, Paddy George

Girls’ Squad
A good weekend for the Girls' Squad culminated in a win against an Elite crew from Guildford Rowing Club for the A crew of Bridget Lapage, Amy Stockdale, Issy Tenison-Collins and Lizzie Collins. The B crew put in a tidy performance against a slick Grange School who were the eventual winners.

A girls' novice VIII were out-powered by a crew from De Montefort University, whilst Poppy Crowe sculled herself into the WJ18 1x final, where she lost to Lettie Tay of Pengwern, who will arrive at Shrewsbury in September as the first female rowing scholar.

After Nottingham City next weekend, all crews head for the National Schools Regatta in Nottingham in two weeks’ time.

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