Half Term is here…

Well done to all students that have made it down to the boathouse this half term. We have enjoyed success at the events we have attended and have also achieved many PB’s on the ergo, lets hope there is more to come.

Please enjoy the break, rest, recover and make your mum a cuppa to thank her for driving you to all the training sessions!

You can find the half term training timetable here: Training Timetable

Kit Window Open…

Our ‘Team Room’ is now open to order BMSBC kit.

This documents briefly outlines how the kit ordering works: BMSBC KIT

The window for ordering kit will remain open until 17:00 Monday 2nd October.

You can access the specific BMS kit by logging in here: TeamRoom Login Page

Our log in details will be circulated in an e-mail at 17:00 on 22/09/17.

This is the window to buy any “winter” items; as they will be delivered in December. The next kit window is likely to have an Easter delivery time so any warm items will be in the drawer until next winter!

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact me. If your question is regarding sizing then please contact Crewroom directly and speak with Richard Morris who is our account manager.

We’re recruiting…

BMSBC is looking to appoint two part-time rowing coaches to work with our large and enthusiastic rowing team. The roles offer competitive pay releative to experience.

Job advert and personal spec is available below.

If you have any questions regarding the roles then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Bavington, Director of Rowing. DoR E-mail

Rowing Coach Job Spec September 2017

Rowing Coach Job Advert September 2017

HRR – Senior Girls Race Time

Our senior girls will be competing against Beckett B at 19:30 this evening. 

The crew have been preparing well by paddling on the course, resting at our house just outside of Henley and having the odd match race against Marlow RC and the NZ national team eight! (We let them past!)

If you are able to give our girls a shout then please do, if not just scream at the laptop screen as all races are streamed live on YouTube. 


H.R.R – BMS Preview

Henley Royal Regatta 2017 is less than 24 hours away, where does the year go!

This year BMSBC will be represented by the senior girls, competing in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup. This is a fantastic achievement to even be in the regatta; in an event where there are only 16 places available. Our quad had worked and raced hard throughout the season so that they were not required to attend the qualifying races, a nice feather in their caps!

The quad will face Beckett B on Thursday, a crew made up of some talented sweep rowers and certainly not to be under estimated.

BMS will have the usual drinks and nibbles available in Butlers Field on Wednesday lunchtime. Please do come along and chat all things rowing and BMS.

Unfortunately the boys side of the boat club had a tough day at qualifiers. The Fawley quad missing out by just over 1 second in some very unfavourable conditions. The second boat, a PE eight, missed out by just under 1 second. A good result for the young crew but still disappointing for the boys.

We were so close to having three crews in the event, but ended up wth one. A testament to the efforts being put in across the boat club, but margins matter in sport and unfortunately we were just the wrong side of them last Friday night. Your time will come!

I hope everyone enjoys the regatta and I would like to thank you for your on going support of BMSBC.


Sunday 18th June – Road Closure

Dear Parents/Pupil,

Apologies for the late e-mail, however I have just been made aware that The Embankment and other roads around the river will be closed Sunday morning due to the Bedford 10k Run, this will make access to the boathouse difficult. THIS WILL INFLUENCE DROP OFF AND COLLECTION.

I would suggest to drop students off around the far side of Russell Park, or anywhere along Castle Road and then students can walk the remainder of the journey. Another good location may be Aspects McDonalds.

Please try to factor this into your journey time!

Please do spread the word via text, WhatsApp or any other means.

Many thanks,

Mr Bavington

Director of Rowing

National Schools’ Regatta 2017 Info


National Schools’ Regatta is now upon us, where has the year gone!! Since the draw was published over the weekend, there has been a frenzy of reorganising plans, booking additional accommodation and trying to work out how to transport an entire boat club to the Olympic Lake in Dorney!!

There is now a dedicated NSR 2017 page on the website. This allows you access to all of the documentation relevant to BMSBC at NSR 2017.


As previously mentioned, there have been a few changes to those students that are required to stay in accommodation. You should receive a letter from the school regarding this, please respond ASAP. If you have already responded to the first request and your accommodation requirements have not changed then you do not need to do anything. An accommodation list is attached.

Transport: If you require transport back to BMS on Saturday then please e-mail me directly to arrange this. The return journey will be covered by mini-bus only, so information regarding numbers is crucial. I would ask that if parents are coming to watch on Saturday, please could you assist us by taking your child home. Thank you!!!

Spectator cars are charged at £20/day

Please keep an eye on the website as there will be additional information being added.

If you have any questions regarding this event then please do not hesitate to contact either myself or your squad coach.

Best of luck at the regatta!!

Mr Bavington

Director of Rowing

Camp Review by Mr Bavington

Apologies for the odd typo, this has been written on the back of the truck under the English channel!!

This was our third year visiting Sabaudia, and thankfully it lived up to previous years experiences and more. I was kindly assisted on the 1300 mile trip by Mr Satchwill and Mr White, neither of which had made the journey before, and in fact Mr White’s only previous experience of towing the boat trailer was a quick trip up the A6 one Saturday morning so he could ‘get his eye in’! I’m pleased to say that we had no problems in either direction!!

I have had previous experience of angry hotel managers shouting at me in Italian after the students have perhaps got a little bit over excited but this year everyone stayed inside the acceptable level of noise and “banter”! I think this was helped by the fact we were being compared to the L.E.H J15 squad who were particularly excitable!

I have spent most of my week coaching the senior squad. I have been extremely pleased with the progress of the 1st VIII and the W4x, both making some valuable steps forward which will definitely put them in stronger positions when we start racing at the regattas, the first being Wallingford on 30th April. What has also been extremely pleasing to see is the development of a W2- made up of Emma Dobson and Izzy Donkin. A crew that has never been tried before but immediately seem to find some middle ground and give them both something to work on throughout the rest of the season; hopefully they will not break anymore riggers having already dismantled two whilst on camp!!!

Whilst introducing Will Thornton back into some sweep rowing this had a knock on effect to Sam White who found some form in the single. Again a boat that Sam has not spent lots of time in but within a few KM’s of getting in he was perfecting his square blade roll ups and putting together some promising firm pressure pieces. This gives us another avenue to explore this summer.

The camp has allowed some healthy internal competition to develop also; although there always seems to be one crew in the middle of every battle which is the J15 eight. This has been very pleasing to see as it is not uncommon for J15’s to stay quite within themselves but this lot have taken it upon themselves to race any boat which dares to go near them, taking on both the J16’s and the senior girls! I believe this J15 group have a promising rowing career ahead of them.

With exams coming around quickly the J16 group always have the most pressure at this time of year, and with the presence of Mr White on camp this year I believe the boys felt they had something to prove in the study area as well as on the water. After some gentle nudging initially they all found their stride and settled into a routine of sleep/eat/row/study in various different orders!! They have without a shadow of a doubt made some good steps forward this camp and definitely can put solid performances together; it’s more about making sure we can get them working as a unit to ensure the good performances are as consistent as possible. I believe Mr Ruta is pleased with their progress though.

With the J15 squad not being shy to take any crew on, the WJ15 squad was certainly not going to be shown up by their counter parts. The girls have spent the week taking each other on in both quads and some work in singles. The girls have thoroughly enjoyed the space to sit and do some intense technical sessions, and have certainly not wasted the opportunity of staff being available as Miss Bruce and Miss Mackay spent most evenings going through videos of the girls rowing. The girls clearly have an infectious desire for improvement and perfection; all the girls have made huge steps forward.

This year we have the largest number of students attending which are not in set crews, which did make me nervous that they wouldn’t get good value for money with regards to water time or coaching. The boys have been great though at jumping in any boat going, any crew that needed a sub, or just grabbing a single and going for a paddle. I think Alex Hogben has been in just about every boat going on camp and has made himself a vital member of the week, showing wiliness to cox or row, but mainly just enjoy himself out on the water. It has been a great week for all involved.

Mr White has come into the camp with just about no rowing experience at all, and has left with similar, of course I’m joking. Mr White has offered a lot of feedback to students, not necessarily with the best rowing terminology but we all knew what he meant!!! I wold like to thank him, Mr Honnor and Mr Ruta for running a tight ship in the study room; I would like to think that a lot of the students have made good steps forward in the class room as well as the water.

Moving forward the WJ15 4x+ (A) has been selected for the Inter-Regional Regatta on the 22nd April, Hannah Cowie and Voirrey Taylor will be racing GB trials on the 23rd April. Our next squad events consist of Wallingford Regatta on 30th April for our senior boats and some J16’s, then the ntire Boat Club will hopefully get a run out at Bedford Regatta on the 6th May, please come along to support!!!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the week; I have got to know some of the younger students more and look forward to them working their way up to the senior boats. I’m extremely pleased with my senior squad as I write a hard programme for this week and they have all exceeded my expectations to the high standard to which they have completed the sessions.

Great week to be part of BMSBC and I’m thoroughly excited to be heading into the regatta season with our current squad.