Last weekend our rowers raced at Dorney Lake at the Wallingford Regatta and Junior Sculling Regatta.
Sunday 1st May 2022
Nine of our Upper Sixth students were involved in this highly competitive event on the Sunday of the long weekend at Dorney Lake. The side-by-side racing was fierce and our crews performed exceptionally well in their events amongst the finest club and school rowers in the country. The Girls’ Coxed Four of Alice B, Alex B, Catrin L, Izzy T and Eleanor H came second in their heat and qualified for the final. The final pitted them against the two heat winners and they pushed them all the way to the line and took third place. Our Boys’ Quad Scull of Luke B, Ned M, Jack B and Matthew D raced in the first of three heats and came across the line in second place, then had to wait on the times of the other two heats. They missed a place in the final by a fraction of a second; disappointed, they nevertheless set their focus on the next day’s racing.
Junior Sculling Regatta
Monday 2nd May 2022
An early departure of 5.00am from King’s was the start of a terrific day of sculling for the Boat Club at the National Junior Sculling Regatta. Eight crews from Upper Remove to Upper Sixth raced on Bank Holiday Monday, again at Dorney Lake. Each event started with a time trial format to decide the progression to the coveted places in a final. Our Sixth Form boys were off first in their quad sculls and both the A and B crews paced their 1900 metres pieces perfectly to reach the A and C-Finals respectively. Our Fifth Form boys were next in the quad scull and raced well, but fell, agonisingly, one place short of a final. The Upper Remove boys also raced valiantly, falling just short of a final. Our Upper Remove Girls’ Quad sculled well setting themselves up for a battle in the D-Final. The Upper Sixth girls took to the smaller sculling craft, with Catrin L and Alice C coming through their time trial into the B-Final in their double scull combination. Alice B moved into a single scull, comfortably powering through her trial to cruise into the A-final.
It was exceptional that from our eight crews, five had progressed into the 2000 metre finals; all the rowers excelled amongst the incredibly tough competition.
Our Senior Boys’ A Quad Scull took the A-Final race to the more favoured crews and pushed through to the bronze medal position by the last 500 metres; three crews swept to the line within a second of each other. Although we fell the wrong side of the line for the last stroke and gained fifth spot, the boys were suitably thrilled to be in the premier event and racing for medals. Our second quad blasted out of the blocks in their final and fought the race out amongst the leading boats, crossing the line in third place. The Upper Remove girls started well in their final and steadily made their presence known to the field, sculling through to the front of the race and taking the win by a length over the field. The Senior Girls’ Double Scull showed a similar level of dominance, striding through the field to take the win by clear water. Alice raced well in her single, keeping pressure on the field the whole race distance and crossed the line in fifth place.
The performances demonstrate the tremendous gains made over the Easter training camps and were great exposure to the current talent in British Junior Rowing. The crews look forward to some local events, before returning to Dorney for the National Schools’ Regatta at the end of the month.