Hampton Head of the river saw a very early start for some of the students and coaches, after a time of uncertainty of whether the event would go ahead due to the flooding.
After the cold start, the crews boated with the Senior Boys heading off first soon followed by the Senior Girls coxless four. These crews both rowed well in strong categories, which featured the top schools and clubs that you would expect to see all season. The Senior Boys finished 5th from 13, and the Girls managed 6th out of 8. The J16 Boys coxed four put in a very encouraging performance to finish 5th in their category. The J15 Girls doubles sculled their way down the course, with Imogen Eales and Jess Read finishing a very impressive 4th out of 20. Molly Kemble and Maia White also finished well, 14th for them.
All of these athletes then raced again in the afternoon, in their respective bigger boats. The boys 1st VIII was possibly lacking some cohesion, as they struggled to match the pace of the front running crews. The J16 Boys managed to reinforce their race from the morning, finishing 5th, just under 15 seconds behind the front runners. The J15 Boys found themselves struggling slightly, with a few illnesses during the week, slightly on the back foot. However despite this, they showed they have real speed to develop, with the faster crews within reach. The Girls J15 quads put in respectable times over the course, which should encourage them, as a group, to keep training hard to reach their goals. The Senior Girls quad showed skillful sculling, just reminding them also to continue to search for the improvements as the season progresses.
A good day for the Boat club, with lots of athletes racing and plenty of strong performances. Thank you to all the Parents who came to support the crews, it is always hugely appreciated.