The Bedford School Boat Club enjoyed a full weekend of
rowing at the Reading and Star Regattas.
The 1st VIII raced a changed crew at Reading Regatta. Due to
an injury to Jared Sheridan, Ollie Mitchell was promoted from the Colts crew to
stroke. In their first round race, they performed well to hold off St George’s
College. In the semi-final against Monmouth, a slightly sluggish start gave
Monmouth the advantage. The 1st VIII fought for the whole race but weren’t
quite able to overcome the deficit from the start.
Following the Colts successes earlier in the season, they
were racing in the IM3 category. They beat the University of Birmingham and
then Royal Holloway College to progress to the final where they met Pangbourne
College’s 1st VIII. A fast start saw the Colts take the early lead, but a
strong push from Pangbourne put them into a 3/4 length lead. The Colts finished
strongly to lose by just 1/2 length. A very creditable result against older
The J14 squad were racing in a mixture of quads and octuples.
The A quad beat both halves of St Edward’s A crews to
progress to the final where they produced a dominant performance to beat
Norwich School by five lengths.
Following their win at the National Schools Regatta, the B
crew were entered in the A octuples event, where they came up against Norwich
Schools A crew. The B crew gave a good performance but were beaten by Norwich’s
The C and D crews were entered in the B octuples event. The D
crew beat Hampton C before losing the Norwich B. The C crew beat Hampton B by
1/2 length to make the final, where in probably the race of the day, they lost
to Norwich B by just 1/4 length.
The E crew was racing in three quads in the J14 B quads
event. All the quads came through their opening rounds to make the semi-finals.
The only non-Bedford crew in the semi-finals was a crew from Hampton’s B
octuple. Unsurprisingly, the Hampton quad won both races, but it was a
fantastic achievement for all three crews to make the semi-finals.