Friday 22nd
to Sunday 24th May

On
the Friday of National Schools Regatta, both the J14A and B crews reached their
respective semi-finals and gained valuable experience.  On Saturday, the J15A crew reached the
semi-final of their event and had a good race but were rowed out of it in the
final 500m.  The J15B crew rowed an
amazing race in their semi-final, holding off the challenge of London Oratory
and secured a place in the final.

The
J16A crew were in a straight final and from the start settled into 4th
place, but they were rowing well, earning the comment from the commentator that
they were “by far the tidiest crew”. Crucially they were well up on Yarm and
St.Joseph’s and close enough to Emanuel and Norwich to maintain pressure. By
1000m Dulwich had a large enough lead to settle and just make certain of the
win.  Bedford started to move through
Emanuel and a good push at 4 minutes took the crew into clear 3rd,
and only 2 seats down on Norwich.  They
were unable to overtake and took bronze, only1.62 seconds behind Norwich who
beat them by over 20 seconds on the Tideway. 
The J16 squad also entered a 4+ and two 4- crews on the Sunday, and all
gained valuable experience, with one of the coxless fours progressing as far as
the semi-final.

The
1st VIII came second in the time trial and rowed a storming
semi-final, winning emphatically by a length and beating BMS in the
process.  They came a close 4th
in the final, only 3 seconds behind Latymer, putting in a solid row and doing themselves
proud.  On the Sunday, the championship
4- made the semi-final, in which they came a creditable 5thin
difficult conditions.

While
we won less medals than last year, we must appreciate that the standard of this
regatta moves up every year, and to have every boat apart from the C octo (
rowing in a B event) make it through the time trial to a semi final is a
tribute to the hard work put in by both the boys and their coaches.

Finally
I would like to thank the parents for making the journey north to Nottingham
and providing sustenance and support throughout the whole of the regatta it is
greatly appreciated by all competing.

 

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