The boys’ 1st VIII continued to build on its success at Avon and Bruges with 3rd place out of 18 crews in a very competitive field of J18 VIIIs at Kingston Head on Saturday. By half-way the crew had already overtaken an Abingdon eight and the Oratory 1st VIII and had pulled away from St Paul’s 1st VIII. Lack of concentration and uniformity of fitness, the crew’s ‘Achilles heels’, allowed St Paul’s to close in the second half and beat us by a boat length, with winners KCS Wimbledon a further half length ahead. Despite this, the crew is a good half a minute quicker over 5km courses than last year’s 1st VIII at this stage, confirmed by another solid row in the second division in Im2 eights.
Our J16 boys’ squad also entered a quad and a coxed four to test the water for possible small boats in the summer season. The coxed four fared as anticipated but the quad found too comfortable a rhythm and also contrived to steer about as long a course as was possible, hugging the outside of every bend.
The two biggest events of the term are in a week’s time, namely the National Sculling Head at Dorney, where we have entered boys’ and girls’ J14 and J15 crews, and the Schools’ Head, held over the reverse Boat Race course, where we have entered a girls’ 1st VIII and a boys’ 1st VIII and two J16 VIIIs.
Photographs courtesy of Mr G Maxwell.