The Bedford School Boat Club brought home an excellent medal haul, including a Gold and two Silvers, from the 2016 National Schools’ Regatta.
First up were the J14's on Friday 27 May. The J14 B crew put on a dominating display to win their time trial, win their semi-final (with a little to spare) and then a powerful row to win the final – making them only the 2nd Bedford School crew to win a Gold medal at the National Schools’ Regatta in the last ten years.
The J14 A crew had, by their high standards, an under par regatta. They finished 6th in the B final to finish 12th overall.
The J14 C crew finished 5th in the B final and were the 2nd fastest C crew on the day.
The J14 D crew finished 5th in the C final. They were they only D crew racing but beat several C and B crews to make it as far
as they did.
On Saturday, it was the turn of the 1st VIII, Colts VIII, J15 A and J15 B crews.
The 1st VIII finished 5th in the 1st VIIIs event; an encouraging result for the crew. They produced a solid time trial, but a slightly scrappy semi-final saw them just edge out Reading Blue Coat to make the top 5. They produced a better row in the final, to finish 5th.
The Colts won a superb Silver medal in the J16 1st VIII event. In the semi-final they won their race, recording the same time as the Great Marlow School in the other semi-final. In the exciting final, the lead changed 3 or 4 times and the J16 were closing down
on Great Marlow in the final few strokes but narrowly missed out on the Gold medal.
The J15 A crew also won a Silver medal in the J15 1st VIIIs. A fantastic, if slightly unexpected, result, but one that reflected the hard work the crew put in the last few weeks. Memorably they also beat Shiplake for the 1st time this season to just edge the silver medal.
The J15 B crew rowed above themselves to finish 6th in the B final, 13th overall in the J15 2nd VIIIs event.
And finally on Sunday, the top four from the 1st VIII raced in the Championship coxed IVs. They produced a good time trial, finishing 8th. They then produced a brilliant row in their semi-final but were just edged out of the A final by Radley. Admirably, they put this behind them to produce yet another good row to win the B final.