King's Worcester

24 May

King’s Boat Club Excels at Worcester Regatta

On Saturday, 18th May, the King’s Boat Club attended the Worcester Regatta; this annual event was made extra special this year because the club is celebrating its sesquicentenary. 

Over 110 dedicated rowers, true ambassadors of our club, represented King’s across the day in 53 Crews. The whole event was a testament to their commitment, starting in the early hours of the morning as we moved our fleet to the racecourse car park and sought out the competition for each race. 

Our Lower Removes were now familiar with match racing, and the boys’ and girls’ crews progressed into the semi-finals and finals in a number of classes, along with their older clubmates. A slightly different line-up from the previous week once again dominated the Lower Remove Girls’ Coxed Quad Scull, with Florence V, Sophie E, and Isabella W joined by Grace M and superbly coxed by Seb P.

Our Sixth Form girls raced for the Women’s J18 Pairs, with Amelia V and Rebecca N (L6) taking the title. Freddie G (UR) and Toby A (FF) took the titles for the J15 and J16 Boys Singles respectively. 

Louie L and Richie C (FF) combined in the J16 Double Scull, winning after a close shave with a barge. 

The Sixth Form boys took both the J17 and J18 Men’s Coxless Quad Scull events. The J17 team consisted of Josh L, Jack D, Harry W, and Elliott B, while the J18 team comprised Ollie B, Jude A, Tom W, and Jacob S.

 Our Sixth Form boys and girls rowed in the senior event in their Coxed Fours, contesting the West of England Challenge Vase. This was the 127th time the trophy was on offer, and it is considered the premier trophy in provincial rowing. We were knocked out by the eventual finalists, but it was fantastic to see that three crews in the finals contained OVs: the eventual winners in the Women’s Final, Worcester Rowing Club, included Fran Thomas OV, and James Stevens was in the WRC Men’s boat beaten in the final by a very strong crew from Hereford Rowing Club, which was stroked to victory by another OV, Harry Guy.