The Boat Club has had an extremely successful National Schools’ Regatta, 26-28 May 2017. On the Friday two crews raced, a J14 quad and a J14 octo. The quad rowed well against a large field and finished 5th in the C-final. The octo put in a superb performance and qualified for the semi-finals. Finishing fourth, they just missed out on the A-final. In the B-final they finished 3rd, cementing their position as 9th in the country, which is a fine achievement.
On Saturday, we had the J15 eight, J16 pair, Championship Girls’ single scull, and Girls’ Coxed four competing. The J15 eight had some very gutsy rows to come through the time trial and semi-finals to qualify for the A-final. Here they finished 5th, with a storming row, and did the Boat Club proud. The J16 eight rowed well to qualify from the time trial to the semi-final. Despite giving it everything in the semi, the eight did not progress to the A-final. Our rower in the ruthless Championship 1x category overtook another rower in the time trial, but did not progress from this large category. The Girls’ four dominated the time trial with a 25 second advantage, won the semi-final and qualified in style for the A-final. Here they absolutely dominated the field and won gold in convincing fashion. They were now gold medallists and holders of the Jim Mason Plate. This was the first time in history that G&LBC had won gold at NSR! This is an amazing achievement!
On Sunday the J16 four, J16 pair and Championship Girls’ coxless pairs raced. The J16 four put in a great row to progress to the semi-final, but just missed out on progressing to the final. The J16 pair had a stunning time trial, where they finished fourth overall, but despite a gutsy semi-final performance, they just missed out on making the A-final. The Championship pairs all qualified for the semi-final and two qualified for the A-final. To have two crews in a seven boat final was a marvellous achievement. In a close and fast race, full of drama and excitement, one pair fought strongly and finished 6th in the country. Our other pair, went off fast from the start, and led the whole race until the finish. They won gold and the Leander Trophy! This is amazing, as at Championship level, the competition is ruthless. Our pair had just beaten the finest schoolgirl rowers in the UK! To win double gold at the National Schools’ Regatta, is a magical and wonderful achievement, ranking G&LBC amongst the top echelon of school rowing.