All the crews were intended as matched boats from the relative age groups in order to ensure depth in the squads and keep the crews competitive in racing and training. While this makes results difficult to compare between schools, it is useful in keeping everyone motivated and provides them with the attraction of getting into their racing crews for the Schools Head of the River when selection takes place in February.
All seven crews were extremely well organised in getting rigged up and afloat on what was a great day for a race in December.
The J15s produced some encouraging results as a squad. As expected with matched boats, the fastest crew was a bit behind the fastest competitor crews, but the 2nd boat was the fastest 2nd boat. Some valuable race experience was gained. The crews came in 8th, 9th and 15th out of 20 crews.
The J16s were the pick of the bunch, coming in 2nd and 6th out of 18 crews. The boys have continued their great work from last season and will be very competitive in this age group come the national events later in the year.
The two senior eights both put in credible performances and came in 6th and 8th out of 24 other senior crews on show. The squad will be looking to compete for medals at the Schools Head in March and are well positioned to do so.