Hampton Head

On Saturday we had a large number of crews competing at Hampton Head, an event renowned for the amount of big schools competing and of course, being cold.

First up in division one we saw our senior boys four race the 3km course. Getting off the water they felt they had rowed well, coming in 6th place out of 12. Two of our other senior boys, a pair of Glen Mulkerrins and Jack Colliver transferred their sweep skills into a smaller boat for this division resulting in 8th place out of 13.

Two very competitive J16 fours raced down the course to achieve their best time. With both boats only being 5 seconds apart, keeps all the boys focused and ready for their upcoming training.

Boats in division two started boating in what can only be described as a mud bath. It became very normal to see people get completely caked in mud whilst trying their very best to stay up right.

Our senior four and pair teamed up with two other senior boys to make our First Eight. After refuelling and changing into a dry set of kit, the boys were eager to get back out on the water to row fast! Not a bad result followed, 14/22.

Both fours from the J16 boys got together to form their eight. Results weren’t quite what they were hoping for in this race. The boys were quite disappointed that they couldn’t carry the speed from their fours. However, this hasn’t phased them and has pushed them even further to continue to smash their training.

The J15 boys continued their success from Cambridge last weekend. Their eight had such an impressive performance achieving 6th/22 in their category. Not only were they just behind crews such as Hampton and Westminster, they had also beaten Bedford School by a very impressive 10 seconds. The rest of the team were also competing in the J15 eights category. The crew were slightly frustrated with their result, however managed to find a silver lining, they had also beaten another Bedford School eight.

Over to the girls. Competing in the J18 category, we had our Senior/J16 girls who rowed a tidy race filled with plenty of determination. Coming home with 13th/25 puts the girls on the right side of the results table and a performance to take confidence from.

Our WJ16 quad had another chance to get out on the water and compete. After last weekend and a week of training gave the girls that extra bit grit to get the work done. All of the girls had taken what they’ve been working on in training straight into the race and sculled a very controlled and gutsy row.

Last, but not least raced our J15 girls. This year group have really stepped on this term and results so far has really shown their capability. After a long day of waiting around, these four girls raced a very lively and brave race. Walking away with 18th/41 this weekend is a huge achievement for these girls-a result to be proud of.

A huge thankyou to all the parents who came to watch, support and provide us all with tea and coffee, we really couldn’t do it without you.

Looking forward to Bedford Head this Sunday.

Well rowed BMS.


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