On Monday 12th March the Boat Club took some of the senior rowers down to London to compete in the Schools’ Head of the River Race on the tideway. Although heavy rain had made the surrounding ground very soft and muddy, the river stayed calm, and this made for a good day of racing. The senior girls’ squad had two entries. The First VIII in the Girls’ Schools’ competition (Anna Porter, Izzy Copeland, Tara Barrington, Kate Emsley, Amelia Clark, Immy Carter, Anna Jethwa, Hannah Stock and Emily Watkins) put in a very solid performance in unfamiliar conditions. The second entry was the Senior Girls’ Quadruple Sculls (Sophie Lee, Emily Timm, Bea Evans and Alice Evans) who finished in a very respectable fourteenth place, and the J18 Mixed Quad did well to come out in seventh place. The Boys’ J18 Quad (Henry Armstrong, Charlie Kenny, Andrew Salkeld, Oliver Colebourne) did very well, beating crews with far more experience on the tideway and finishing in twelfth place.
Some of those who had raced the previous day then stayed overnight in London to race at the National Junior Sculling Head on Tuesday 13th March. The junior rowers came down on the coach early in the morning to join them in racing at Dorney Lake. The J15 boys raced two quads, both achieving commendable results at a highly competitive national event. The J16 Girls' A and B Quads raced well, managing twenty-fourth and thirtieth place respectively. The J16 boys held off very strong chasing crews, and finished in thirtieth position. The J18 Quad raced in a very competitive field, finishing seventeenth and the J18 Girls’ Quad came twenty-first, just a few seconds away from being in the top half. Congratulations go to all those who took part.