The NSR is the largest Junior regatta in the rowing world. It’s held over 3 days at the end of May at the Nottingham Water Sports Centre. The College competes against all the 40 other public schools, and at least as many again rowing clubs. The event used to be held at Pangbourne before the opening the NWSC in 1973.
The 3rd VIII had a tough draw, finishing 3rd when 2nd would have qualified them for the A final.
The 2nd VIII and the J15 A VIII both got through their time trials, and raced well in their semi finals, but were unable to finish in the top 3.
The Girls WJ15 VIII, beat two crews in their semi final, Cheltenham College and Kingston Grammar, to qualify for the final – one of only 4 finalists for the College.
The Girls IV won their semi final in fine style, qualifying fastest for the final. Unfortunately a seat failed in the final, combined with Georgia’s cold, saw the crew below par in the final to come a very disappointing 4th.
The Boys 1st VIII made the final for the first time in 3 years, and were frustrated to come an agonising 4th, just out of the medals.
The Boys IV were the stars of the event, following Lars and Ben’s win in 2012 in the J16 pairs, with an outstanding 2nd place in the Championship fours behind the runaway winners from Hampton School. This was Pangbourne’s first boys Championship medal since 2009.
The girls four are now preparing for Women’s Henley on the 22/23rd June, whilst the boys eight are preparing for Henley Royal from the 3rd-7th July.
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