The Regatta had a very strong entry across all the junior events due to limited multi-lane racing opportunities before the National Schools’ Regatta in three weeks’ time.
The 2nd VIII and J16A were both drawn into very tough heats and failed to progress to the final. The 2nd VIII were always under pressure, racing three school 1st VIIIs and Eton’s 2nd VIII with only one crew guaranteed a place in the final. The J16s came up against eventual winners St Paul's and a strong crew from Sir William Borlase that won the Junior Inter Regional Regatta.
The J15A VIII put on an impressive performance in their heat and looked strong leading the field home to secure a place in the final. In the final they were unable to produce the same speed off the starting blocks and weren’t able to settle into the strong rhythm they found in the heat; they had to settle for a fifth place.
Claudia Kimpton-Smith rowed well in her first full distance sculling event and made some pleasing progress, despite missing out on the final. Lettie Tay made it through to the final where she came in fifth. She will be hoping to build on that result going into the National Schools’ Regatta.
The 1st VIII were drawn in a very tough heat of J18 VIIIs and needed to beat one of the crews they had lost to at the School’s Head in order to give themselves a strong chance of qualifying for the final. Hampton School made the early running, leading both Abingdon and Shrewsbury off the line. The 1st VIII held their composure fantastically and showed a great deal of guts to stick with Abingdon and row through Hampton in the final 500m to secure qualification for the final.
In the final the crew once again showed they are in the reckoning with another impressive row, coming in third of a length behind Eton and two-thirds of a length off Abingdon. In the process they beat Radley, who came third at the Schools’ Head and King’s Chester.
This coming weekend will see over 70 crew combinations from the Boat Club racing at the Shrewsbury Regatta.