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.