This year’s Quintin Head saw the event run from Hammersmith Bridge to past Chiswick bridge, a section of the school’s head course in reverse, always a challenging test. A strong field of crews, in relatively good conditions for the tideway, a holding wind on the main straight of the course.
The School first VIII were heading off 47th, just behind Reading Bluecoat School. They managed to close the gap across the 15 minutes, overall beating them by 8 seconds. Radley college boat club gave our boys a good push for a large section of the race as they overtook, but a strong crew from Radley who finished second in the category. An encouraging performance from the boys, with areas to work on moving forwards.
The Senior Girls had a great start to their race, initially gaining on the very fast St Pauls crew who went off ahead of them. A good tussle with Surbiton High school for a large section kept our girls honest, before they eventually got the better of them, beating them by 10 seconds. The girls finishing 8th in category overall.
The J16’s had their first experience of the tideway, in a relatively steep learning curve for them! Off in a very strong field of crews, and being hunted by the Women’s Cambridge University boat club crew, they soon learnt that the Thames is a big river! In a fast sandwich, they managed to just about keep control of their race, and despite not having the result they had hoped for, will look to improve on these areas before their next test at Hampton this weekend.
All results can be found at: Quintin Head Results
Photos can also be found online at the Rowing Photography website: Quintin Head Photos