Bedford Regatta 2017 Report

On Saturday 6th May BMSBC had a very strong day of racing at Bedford Regatta with an entry of 15 boats racing.

Starting the day off we saw a Girls J15 quad of Charlie Andrew, Lauren Burchell, Hannah Heappey, and Abbie Davis, coxed by Anja Wharton come down the 1200m course as the first race of the day. With a head wind starting to pick up, they had a good start and put up a good fight against Bedford Girls Schools A Quad. It finished with a victory for BGS. Another girls J15 Quad of Imogen Eales, Katie Gell, Jess Read and Lizzie Rowe, coxed by Corinne McWilliams won their first race easily against Norwich School, which meant they went on to meet Sir William Borlase and Norwich in the quarter and semi-finals. The girls eventually met BGS in their final. They executed their race plan perfectly, however BGS pulled it out of the bag and won by 1 ½ lengths. Although the J15 girls were disappointed, they stayed very professional and gave them their well-deserved three cheers. Both crews are taking this weekend on board to learn what they need to improve on to have a very successful National Schools in three weeks’ time.

The Senior girls quad of Hannah Cowie, Izzy Glanvill, Emma Dobson and Ella Monaghan were drawn against Oundle for their first race, which they won by 2 ½ lengths. In the next round the girls shot off of the start showing Shiplake College their slick start knowing that they would have to work very hard to get through this round. The senior girls were knocked out by Shiplake who were the heavy favourites coming into this regatta and finally went on to win the category.

The J16 Girls Quad of Zoe Ziaullah, Thea Hale, Zara Ziaullah and Lara Brittain had a very successful day. Firstly beating Sir William Borlase, to then beating Putney High School, to make it through to the final against Oundle School. The girls were punchy off of the start and sculled their race plan well- first ones to the bridge! Coming into the last minute of the race, there just wasn’t enough gas left in the tank. Oundle won by ½ Length. Defiantly one of the most exciting races of the day. All four girls are very determined to get in as much water time as possible before National Schools.

This was the J14 Girls first ever regatta and what a very successful one it was. We saw a Quad of Amina Eldin, Romy Wharton, Phoebe Wright, Hope Chouffot coxed by Amirah Zaman beat Kings School Ely in their first race and winning their second race against Kingston Grammer School, putting them into the final. Norwich won their final; however, with the girls having not rowed as long as some of their competition and competing in a smaller boat, this was a fantastic result!

The highlight of the day has to be the J14 Girls octo. A very excited and slightly nervous boat of Ellen Fletcher, Hope Chouffot, Georgia Smith, Emily Jones, Hannah Mackay, Emily Watson, Sophie Lawrence, and Yasmin Canning, coxed by Grace Donkin started the day beating the BGS B octo, which gave them the confidence to on to beat Mossbourne. A very exciting BMS V’s BGS showdown was the final for the J14’s. The girls stayed calm and knew exactly what to do to achieve the best possible outcome. They rowed a fantastic race and came out with a Victory, winning their event!

Four finals and a Win from the girls is a very good start to the summer season of racing and not a bad end to Bedford Regatta 2017.

The boys also had a exciting day of racing. BMS had a first eight of Sam Hodgkiss, Glen Mulkerrins, Sam Kavanagh, Alex Ventisei, Toby Harris, Will Thornton, Tom Rowe and Jack Colliver, coxed by Georgia Bygraves. Winning their first round against City of Cambridge they went on to meet Abingdon in the semi-finals. It was a victory for Abingdon, who then went on to win the category. A very strong performance was put in by the eight.

Alex, Jack, Sam, Glen and Georgia doubled up to compete in a coxed four, beating Lea in their first round. Up against Bedford School in their semi-final the boys didn’t make it easy for Bedford as they approached Town Bridge. In the end, Bedford had the edge and went on to win the round and the whole category.

A senior boys Quad of Will Thornton, Chris Gell, Sam White and Tom Rowe were, as well, up against Bedford School in their first round. Not having sculled in a while, the boys proved they could come together and scull with excellent skill. However getting knocked out to Bedford, who later went to compete in the final

BMS had two eights competing in the Novice eight category. The J15 boys squad of Evan Potts, Jake Young, Aaron Smith, Caleb Avis, Matt Fox, Ethan Carr, Tim Evans and Arjun Patel, coxed by Sam Szeto beat Bedford School in their first round of the day which gave them that little boost of confidence for their next race against Abingdon. Our boys just didn’t have the pace to be able to beat such a strong crew…this time.

Also racing against Colleges, Universities and other schools and clubs were the J16 boys squad. We saw an eight of, Rajesh Paul, Joe Walker, Damon Hall, Robbie Marquand, Joe Herbert, Izaak Hull, Jack Tindall and Austin Roberts coxed by Zac Wilde. Winning their first round to Norwich, and then going on to beat Abingdon, put the boys into the final against Pembroke College. They raced to the same high standards as they had been all day but had to admit defeat this time.

The J16 boys also doubled up and did a coxed four of Rajesh, Joe Walker, Damon and Austin coxed by Zac Wilde. They had a very successful day of racing not only making the final in the eight, but racing their way to compete in the final for their four, by beating Kingston Grammar School and Cheltenham to be beaten in the final by Norwich. Two finals from the J16 boys squad is very encouraging just weeks before National Schools.

A J15 boy’s quad of Jack Hill, James Willis, Lewis Dunning and Julian Smith, coxed by Alex Hogben raced their first round against Windsor boy’s school. Windsor went on to win this round and the category. We were very impressed with how this quad performed considering Lewis from the J14 boy’s squad had stepped up to the challenges of being super sub!

BMSBC had two octos compete on Saturday. An octo of Miguel Carr, Oliver Little, James McDermott, Joshua Noble-Layng, Lewis Dunning, Oluwatobi Ajibola, Mathew Shaw and Tosan Awani coxed by Ben Cox were drawn up against Abingdon School A in their first round. The boys raced very well knowing that it was going to be a tough first race to get through. Despite their greatest efforts, the j14 boys were knocked out to very strong contenders!

The second octo of Huw Sheppard, Foster Holt, Ivor Luffman, Jacob Suman, George Miller, Max Kroon, Luke Perrin and Sohail Shaikh coxed by Anja Wharton were up against Hampton, another strong school. All of the boys put their training into practice and gelled well as a crew losing to Hampton who went on to win the category.

BMS also entered a J14 boy’s quad of Miguel Carr, Lewis Dunning, Joshua Noble-Layng and Oliver Little, coxed by Ben Cox. They raced Kingston Grammar in their first round and were unfortunately knocked out. For not being in a quad for long, they had a strong start setting them up for an impressive race. It was fantastic to see so many J14 boys racing and very exciting to see what National Schools will bring for them.

An excellent day all round, with special thanks to all the Parents who came to support and provided everyone with food and drink in the tent!


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