Some photos taken at Bedford regatta – thank you to Mr Henderson and Helena Reid (Year 7)
BMSBC took the girls squad to The Junior Sculling Regatta. After a successful camp it gave the girls an opportunity to get some quality multi-lane racing in, setting them up for the regatta season.
After a sociable leaving time for the senior girls, both crews raced a ‘head race style’ time trial to determine either an A final, B final or elimination.
First up, the WJ18 4X- of Lara Brittain, Abi Ngwang, Imogen Eales and Lizzie Rowe came in 9th overall, meaning they had gained their way into the B final.
Over to the WJ16 4X-, of Hope Chouffot, Ellen Fletcher, Georgia Smith and Emily Watson. This crew have been training consistently together, which really showed in the time trial, coming 3rd and beating crews that they hadn’t before made them hungry for a medal.
It was fantastic for both our senior quads to make finals and experience their first side by side racing for this season. Coming 4th, the WJ18 quad got off to a slightly slower start however played to their strengths, trusted their fitness and started to row through crews in front. This race allowed them think about what they now have to work on as well as all the positives they can take from it.
Our WJ16 quad, a very competitive crew knew there was a medal up for grabs and didn’t hold back when the buzzer went off. They knew that if they could start out in front this would give them the best chance. Out of the start they were straight into first position, this gusty performance allowed them to stay here up to the half way mark. As the race progressed they could see the other strong crews edging closer. In this race, other crews were just that little bit faster through into the finish. The girls raced a very exciting race and achieved a very well deserved bronze medal.
Our WJ15 squad were excited to get some ‘proper racing’ in after perfecting their standing starts during camp. The WJ15 quad of Grace Brady, Freaya Rudd, Priya Lehal and Nika Bezchi, coxed my Elin Thomas had a large entry with plenty of tough competition. The girls got off the water, very pleased with how they rowed, where they really felt an improvement in their overall performance since camp. They unfortunately just missed out on a final. The girls were gutted, however, decided to take this as motivation to continue to work hard.
The double of Lilly Brittain and Katie Pratt decided to aim high to make the A final. Coming in 4th position meant they had earned their place and were determined to see what they could achieve. Out of the blocks the girls showed off their bravery and got fully involved in the race. As the race went on the girls focused on competing against the two crews in the lanes either side of them, giving them a bit of a fright, other crews started to push away. The girls came 6th after a very bold approach to their final.
A good days’ worth of racing all-round, Well rowed BMS.
On Sunday the BMS senior squad travelled to Henley-on-Thames for a training day with Canford School and King’s Canterbury School, two schools that we have been competing closely with over this year. The day consisted of two competitive training sessions and a tour of Leander Club, by former BMS Director of Rowing, Ali Brown.
Leander Club dedicates itself to supporting athletes aiming for international selection, so a truly perfect location for all the boys to be further motivated and inspired for the summer regatta season.
BMS boated an eight and a coxed four; the two boat types that will go ahead to compete at the National Schools’ Regatta. The squad have been working well in these combinations with many crew swaps, which has lifted the ability of all involved. The coaching team have been really pleased with the progression of the squad over the past couple of weeks.
Session one was more individually based allowing us time to settle the crews down into another new line up and gave the coxes and rowers the chance to get their bearings on the famous Henley Royal Regatta course, although this is only partially constructed, you could definitely still feel tension amongst the rowers as the regatta is being constructed around them. The crews learnt valuable lessons during this session; concentrating on our boat, control the controllable and of course, work hard through the water!
Session two was much more about gaining time side-by-side. This was a difficult session for the coxed four going up against the three school eights, however the boys were fully committed and produced some good times from all the pieces. It would have been easy for them to have become separated from the session but their focus was clear to see as the boat continued to improve throughout the day. The BMS eight also rowed well; leading out most of the pieces, we now know that we need to focus on our transition into our race pace, valuable data to have recorded prior to National Schools’ Regatta.
We concluded the day with all three eights side-by-side in a 90 second dash from a standing start. BMS launched into a small but impressive lead over the other two boats. Canford became detached leaving KSC and BMS sprinting to the line, honours fell to KSC by a small margin. An exciting way to finish the day.
Big thanks need to go to Leander Club, King’s Canterbury and Canford for being part of the day. All crews had their moment in front and all have learnt a lot, which will be hugely valuable moving forward.
BMS will definitely be looking for further matches of this format; it gave the crews a much better experience of competitive rowing with the chance to coach, improve and then implement changes prior to the next piece. A great day all round.
Today was our last full day of Sab, for the senior boys the first session consisted of lots of lengthly paddling and for the senior girls some power water work. All the crews are feeling the blow as the end of camp draws near.
The tomato pasta at lunch was good however it was not enough to prepare the y13 boys for their row with the coaches. They were also to be joined for some side by side battle paddling by two girls quads and a mixed eight. This was carried out under the watchful eye of Joe Smith’s drone. To everyones surprise the coaches did know how to row and proved a valuable asset to the boat. Mr Grant-Jones also felt the need to perform a majestic swan dive into the lake and swim with the jellyfish.
This evening all the crews are busy packing while also preparing for the timed 1500’s tomorrow morning. This will be followed by some fast derigging and then the voyage home.
We have all thoroughly enjoyed camp this year and as always would like to thank the coaches for giving us this opportunity along with their help and support throughout.
Lara and Matteo
And on the 5th day God said let the water teem with living creatures and birds fly above the earth and let many Bav’s float on launches and make police sounds on the megaphone…
We all awoke to the piercing sound of dogs woofing, some (Garbo) even believed they were still dreaming. Breakfast was as usual, Matt wore his sunglasses and Huw his knee-length waterproof socks while we devoured the cake selection.
In the morning session, the ‘bois’ were delighted to hear that Bav had finally collected enough data to reach a reliable, valid, accurate and precise conclusion and instead we had the pleasure of bashing out 10 x 1 minute pieces where the seniors were no doubt intimidated by the huge watts churned out by the “development crew” in the Hudson. As usual the schedule was closely kept to and we proceeded to do another set. We then had a Jo(el)ga session where Walker was unable to stretch a single muscle.
Revision followed and then lunch which today was pork which lacked the sauce the boys so desperately needed at this point in the week.
The afternoon session featured paddling between 3 fours and was arguably the more eventful of today’s sessions. Joesph Walker got overly excited at the opportunity to “yam it” and lost his hat as a result which was valiantly rescued from the depths of the lagoon. Also rescued from such depths was the J15 boy’s four who became the first BMS crew to capsize in Sabaudia. Mr Mulkerrins kicked a post.
Overall, the day was “exceptional”, sweet as honey you could say and we are looking forward to unleashing more chunky splits with big boys.
Ben (Beats), Miggy and Will
After complications with alarms we woke up slightly later than usual, but made it in time to take all of the frollino biscuits at breakfast between us; making a total of 22 packets.
We then returned to our rooms and used the next revision period productivity regenerating our minds… sleeping. Then after mummifying our hands we swiftly made it to the lake, following the given path and saying ‘bonjourno’ to everyone we saw. After taking the strictly regulated route we made it to the lake. We were doing work in a 4 and an 8, with Isaac Theakston and Arun Kumar alternating in the 8 and switching between the launch boat. It was really hot today with clear skies and a light breeze!
On the river we raced in the 4 and the 8 in 3. 5 minute pieces; with 2 minutes at rate 26, 2 at 28 and then 1 minute at rate 30, we quickly made our way back up to the hotel to eat lunch and shower as we were very tired!
Then having a short break to then later spend the other half of the day going to the beach, after getting ‘creamed up’ we slipped on our swimming trunks and crocs and swiftly made it across the bridge. Getting onto the beach, we played in competitive games with the rest of the rowers, playing more games with the other j15’s in our given free time, getting home we had a mild quiz night in given groups which familiarised eachother with ourselves. We then finished the night chilling in our rooms before bed.
The J15 Boys