With very few rival schools in attendance, it was a low pressure event that was useful to prepare the crews for the postponed Schools’ Head of the River on 26th March. All nine crews acquitted themselves well and came home with some positives to carry forward.
The 1st VIII won the Elite division and came second overall by a narrow margin. The 2nd VIII achieved a respectable third place in the IM2 division only losing out to King’s Chester and Liverpool University 1st VIIIs.
It was great to have a 3rd VIII competing at the event and the crew came 12th out of 14 in the IM3 VIIIs.
The J16A VIII performed strongly, winning the IM3 division and in doing so beating numerous universities’ 1st VIIIs including Leeds, Lancaster and Sheffield. The J16B VIII also had a good row, coming in 6th out of 14 IM3 VIIIs.
A mixed quad – including the J14 coach Mr Scrimshaw making a guest appearance – put in an impressive performance, coming second out of all the quads racing in the morning division.
The J15s had three crews racing on the day, with the A & B VIIIs racing in the afternoon in the Novice category and a four racing in the morning in the Novice four category. The four started proceedings well with an encouraging win in their event and in the process overtaking and beating numerous VIII s. The J15 VIIIs came in an impressive 3rd and 4th out of 11 crews and have shown significant improvement in recent weeks after having very little time on the water.