For the first time in three years, the weather at Dorney for the annual Wallingford Regatta was benign - such a bonus!
RSSBC 1st 8 leading the pack (far side) in IM2 8's Wallingford Regatta
Our 1st and 2nd 8 left on Saturday afternoon, in preparation for their early races on Sunday. The 2nd 8 were first up at 8.56AM; not surprisingly, not too many parents had managed to reach Dorney by this hour!
Entered into IM3 8’s, a senior event, meant that it would be extremely difficult to gauge the speed of our opposition as this event would attract School 1st and 2nd 8’s, club senior crews as well as University entries.
Our heat went well, 2nd to St Georges College 1st 8 and safely through to the semi final. This proved one step too far with a 4th place, behind Eton 2nd 8, Bedford 1st 8 and Caius College.
The 2nd 8 were also racing in the afternoon, so no rest for them. Again opposition was tough in J18B 8’s as many lesser rowing Schools enter their 1st 8 into such events. However, practice is the name of the game, especially on this multi lane 2K track. Again, progress to the final was not possible, but there was only one defeat by a 2nd 8 in the process.
The 1st 8 were entered into Senior events, to gain valuable close racing experience. Firstly IM1 8’s, where we managed a win in our heat, with Eton 1st 8 winning the other semi, this setting up a good final. Honours went to Sport Imperial, with RSSBC 2nd and Eton 3rd. The boys were certainly not pleased with 2nd, even to one of the UK’s most prestigious Rowing programmes.
So to IM2 8’s, another heat win and then a good final race giving us victory over St Paul’s and Radley.
All in all a great day for experience, certainly both crews will gain boat speed with this kind of close racing.
Shrewsbury Regatta will hopefully be taking place next weekend (river conditions allowing), and then to Nottingham City Regatta on Saturday 19th as final race experience before National Schools.