King's Worcester

9 June

Success at the National Schools’ Regatta and Metropolitan Regatta

National Schools’ Regatta

Over the first weekend of half term, sixty-four members of the Boat Club competed in the National Schools’ Regatta at the Olympic rowing venue, Dorney Lake. The National Schools’ Regatta is the pinnacle of school and junior rowing in Great Britain, with over 2000 rowers from 150 clubs and schools descending on the lake to race over three days. It was great to be back at the event in its entirety, with thousands of spectators lining the banks and parents enjoying the whole atmosphere.

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On Friday our Upper Remove rowers competed in the Quadruple Scull events for girls and boys. We fielded two girls’ crews, who came 41st and 53rd in their time trial out of the 70 entries. The boys finished 33rd and 39th out of the 55 entries in their competition . Well done to our rowers, who are just beginning their journey in the sport and faced extremely tough competition with many far more experienced crews. They came away inspired by the event, having had a great day, and with plenty of merchandise!

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Saturday saw the senior rowers in action, and what a ‘Super Saturday’ it was! The pupils were magnificent, with five of the six crews reaching the semi-finals, a difficult feat amongst the incredibly high standard of junior rowing in the country. The day started with time trials to qualify for the elusive semi-final and final spots. Our Senior Girls’ Four rowed well, but just missed out on the chance to go through; our other crews progressed from their time trials, setting up side-by-side battles in the semi-finals. The racing was fierce and closely matched crews swept across the line, with only a fraction of a second deciding the make-up of the A and B finals. National Schools' Regatta and Metropolitan Regatta 1

Our FF Girls’ Four, Championship Boys’ Four, Championship Boys’ Quad Scull and Championship Girls’ Eight all went through to their B finals, just missing out on the A finals. Our senior boys in the Second Quad Scull event raced well to secure second place in their semi and a coveted place in the A final.

First up in the B finals were our FF girls, Freya D, Emilie C, Izzy G and Ellie, N coxed by Erika J (Sixth Form); they fought well to secure third place and ninth place in the country. Our Sixth Form Boys’ Four of James L, Tom K-D, Henry H, Bobby R and Shri R had an exciting battle right to the line and took second place in their final, placed eighth overall in the country. The Championship Boys’ Quad of Matt D, Jack B, Ned M and Luke B fought at the front of the field and gained second place in their eight-lane final, securing overall tenth place in the country. The Championship Girls’ Eight of Harriet S, Amelia P, Alice C, Rosie S, Alex B, Izzy T, Alice B, Cat L and Eleanor H won their B final by a comfortable margin and finished the day in ninth place overall in the country.

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The excitement built to the A finals as our Second Boys’ Quad prepared themselves to contend for a National Schools’ Regatta medal. The crew of Finn W, James S, Leo R-B and Charlie W had a clean start and asserted themselves amongst the crews at the front of the field; as the race progressed and the supporters cheered from the bank, the medallists moved away from the other crews, with our boys sculling superbly well and fighting all the way to the line to take a fantastic bronze medal and third in the country.

Sunday saw our FF Boys’ and Girls’ Quad Sculls race along with the Senior Boys in the Championship Double Scull. Unfortunately, all three crews were eliminated at the time trial stage in large fields. Both FF crews were only a few seconds from making the finals and the girls missed out by only one place.

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The event was extremely successful for the School and demonstrated the talent and depth in our programme amongst the girls and boys. Thank you to all who participated, supported and provided food for the rowers.

Metropolitan Regatta

On the second weekend of half term, Luke B and Alice B were involved in Metropolitan Regatta, also at Dorney Lake. The conditions were challenging with a strong cross wind.

Alice raced for a GB Team training squad, as Nautilus RC, in an eight. They raced in the Championship Women’s event, came seventh in their time trial and then won the B final, securing ninth place for the event. Luke raced a single scull in the junior division, coming second in his time trial. All scullers, senior and lightweight men, as well as the juniors, then went into time-ranked finals, with Luke gaining a place in the B final: a terrific feat in itself. He raced superbly well in the outside lane, buffeted by strong winds, to take sixth place in his final. He proved to be a formidable force in the single scull, securing the Silver medal in the Junior Single Scull category and fourteenth overall amongst the 44 single scullers, including senior men and senior lightweights, a terrific performance!

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