An extremely fresh and crisp morning saw the first competition in the senior eight. The squad have been training very hard since September and have shown some great commitment. The crew of Joe Herbert, Sam White, Rajesh Paul, Joe Walker, Glen Mulkerrins, Sam Hodgkiss, Tom Rowe, Jack Colliver and cox Zac Wilde performed brilliantly. With no time in the eight during training, the boys showed real skill being able to get in the boat and row to a high standard.
The course at Wallingford is very technical, which Zac negotiated brilliantly, allowing the boys to focus on doing their jobs. The crew finished 6th amongst a strong field of J18 8’s. This should give the boys confidence and motivation moving into the next block of hard training throughout the rest of this term and into 2018.
The J16 8+ travelled down later ready for Div2. The 16’s have spent limited time training in their eight and have never competed at Wallingford Head before. Again, Sam Szeto did a good job negotiating the tough course and apparently showing all the crews around him how to take the challenging ‘S’ bends at speed. The crew of Ethan Carr, Matej Sanders, Jack Hill, Evan Potts, Caleb Avis, Aaron Smith, Jake Young, Matt Fox and cox Sam Szeto, were amongst a tough field of “16 Champ eights” but performed very well. The crew finished 10th, at the back of the category, however were in contention with the rest of the crews and should be proud of their row.
Many thanks to all the parents for their support on a cold November day.
Next up for BMSBC is the British Rowing Indoor Championships on 9th December.