King's Worcester

23 June

A Busy Weekend for the Boat Club Across the Country

The Boat Club had an exceptionally busy day of racing on Saturday 18th June, with three separate events taking place.

Stratford Junior Sprint Regatta

Rowers from the Remove Years and a FF boys crew raced at Stratford Junior Sprint Regatta on the River Avon. All the crews raced extremely well against tough competition. We had winning crews from all four Remove Squads, which demonstrates the quality of the young oarsmen and women in the Boat Club.

Amelia V won the final of the WJ15 single scull in an extremely tight tussle with our own Emily A.

The LR Boys’ Quad of Louie L, Luke M, Joseph R, Charlie M-W and Pranav M won their J14 Boys’ Quad Scull event.

The LR Girls’ crew of Carys M, Fen H, Sophie E, Martha B and Olivia M-H sculled superbly well to take the win in the WJ14 quad scull final, from our other Girls’ Quad Scull.

Our UR Boys’ Quad Scull of Fin I, James C, Harry W, Tom W and Ptolemy N claimed victory in the J15 event.

Trophy

 

Henley Women’s Regatta

In Henley-on-Thames, our Senior Girls’ Eight were racing for a spot in the Junior Women’s Eights at Henley Women’s Regatta.

The girls fought all the way to the line of the qualification time trial, but just missed the main draw by less than two seconds. They will regroup and race again at the Henley Royal Regatta qualification event on Friday, looking to join the select few junior eights racing at the most famous event on the international regatta calendar.

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Marlow Regatta

Meanwhile our Senior Boys’ crews were racing at Dorney Lake in the Marlow Regatta.

The Senior Boys’ Quad Scull took on the best in the country, and some from overseas, in the Junior Quad Scull event; they raced well in the time trial, coming 10th and gaining a place in the B Final, ultimately placing 13th for the day. This was a performance below their best, but understandable with the heavy exam schedule. The exciting news came on Sunday when Henley Royal Regatta recognised their outstanding performances over the season and prequalified them for the Fawley Challenge Cup. Their first race will be on Tuesday 28th June.

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The newly formed Senior Boys’ Eight raced in their first regatta in preparation for their Henley campaign. The time trial was not without challenges, as the rudder fell away during their warm up and was rendered useless for their race. Felicity Q did a tremendous job to keep the boat relatively straight down the course. The boys kept their nerve under difficult circumstances and qualified for the C- Final. We had to borrow a boat, within minutes of boating, for the final, and it was not adjusted fully for the crew, but again the crew raced well. They now focus on Friday and Henley Qualifiers. Thank you to Mr Stanley, who raced across from Henley-on-Thames with the required spare part so that we were able to use the boat again for a special event.

As part of Marlow Regatta’s Jubilee celebrations this year, they held an event to commemorate the winning clubs of the events held in the 1952 regatta. King’s won the prestigious School Fours in that year, so we were duly invited to participate in the Jubilee Race with other clubs in an eight, 70 years on. The crews were restrained to the closing stages of the 2000 metre course and then surged to the line, with our crew crossing in third place. The members of the crew were each presented with a medal to commemorate the invitational event.

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Very best wishes to our Boys’ and Girls’ Eights racing on Friday for qualification to Henley Royal Regatta, and to the Senior Boys’ Quad Scull racing at Henley Royal Regatta on Tuesday.

Program

 

Read about the Boat Club’s success at the National School’s Regatta and Metropolitan Regatta here.