Star Head Report – Miss Failla

Our second home race of the 2015/16 season was on Sunday at Star Head. A selection of boats raced from both the boys and girls squads, with fantastic support from the parents in the smart new black gazebo!
The boys had some strong results in various categories throughout the day. The senior boys 4+, 4x, 2x produced fast times to take the wins, along with the J15 4x racing fast enough to pip our B boat for the win. The J16 boats narrowly missed out on coming second in both categories but gaining good racing experience.
Racing on the girls side began with two singles, finishing just 3 seconds apart to place 2nd and 4th. Due to illness some switches had to be made but nevertheless the girls supported each other to race well. The WIM3 8+ finished in a time of 07:37 of which it had some girls stepping back in after a term of Hockey/Netball and a complete novice rower who started rowing in late September.
All three WJ15 4x raced very well throughout the day, unfortunately just missing out on winning. The senior girls 8+ lead off Division 4 to win their category, producing the fastest women’s time of the day
The day was wrapped off with the WJ14 girls racing for the first time in an Octo with our Girls Captain coxing, there was a lot of nerves and excitement! The girls warmed up to the top very professionally to then race the mini head from Star to the finish line. Only 2 crabs were caught with smooth recoveries, every girls held good technique and worked hard to start of their rowing/racing season! We are excited to see their progression throughout the year!
A good way to end the 2015 racing season, with positive performances from all squads.


Due to ‘Barney’ blowing a gale through Bedford the last few days, the coaching team at BMS have been getting creative to avoid another long boring afternoon on the ergo… I give you Rowing Superstars!!

Exactly like the TV series from the 70’s/80’s that some of you parents might remember, all the students competed against each other in a number of events to show their superiority!!

The results are now available…

Superstars Spreadsheet – November 2015

Fours’ Head by Glen Mulkerrins

On the 7th November three boats from BMSBC headed down to the tideway to race at Fours Head. The weather was wet and very windy which was far from ideal but with true BMS spirit we put the conditions at the back of our minds and got on with it. We boated from Emmanuel School Boat Club which is a 5 minute row from the start which meant a few loops up to the start were needed. Once all 371 crews had made it up to the start, the Head started with the boy’s coxless quad going off first out of the BMS boats. We settled well into our race pace and kept the boat moving at a reasonable speed. Sam Kavanagh set a good rhythm from the stroke seat and Miles McEwen’s navigated the Thames well from the bow seat. Alex Ventisei and I gave it the beans in the middle of the boat. It was a huge privilege for me to be able to row in a senior boat as a sub and I gained a lot of experience from it. In the end we came 20th which is a solid middle of the pack result.

The second boat from BMS to go off was the senior girl’s coxless quad. The boat consisted of Hannah Cowie, Voirrey Taylor, Natalie Graham and Georgia Goddard. The girls had a good row and put down a good time which put them 17th in their category.

The final BMS boat to go off was the senior girls coxed four of Ellie O’Connell, Izzy Glanvill, Ella Monaghan, Emma Dobson and it was coxed by Corinne McWilliams. The girls had a good race especially after not having much training time as a crew and again put another solid performance in for BMSBC finishing 8th in their category.

All in all a good days racing with challenging conditions and this gives us good preparation for the upcoming Schools’ Head.