J14s (Year 9) race impressively at Blenheim and Walton Regattas!

J14s (Year 9) race impressively at Blenheim and Walton Regattas!

An excellent week’s training saw the Boat Club racing at two separate regattas this weekend. The logistics are always a challenge, but should never be the limiting factor – ‘do whatever it takes’ is the mind-set, and this weekend, like so much of the boat club’s activity, was a case in point. Friday night saw two trailers loaded, one to go off to Blenheim Palace Regatta in Oxford, and the other to go to Walton & Weybridge Regatta. Saturday morning saw the Walton trailer delivered at 4.30am, before heading off to Blenheim Palace for a 7.00am start – rowing and early mornings! Twenty year 9 boys were racing at Blenheim Palace Regatta, which is set in the grounds of the World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace, and place of birth for none-other than Winston Churchill.  The beautiful grounds are an impressive back drop to the regatta, and the lake is equally stunning.  The regatta is designed for crews who have not won races before, and so is an excellent and appropriate standard, which is often hard to find in rowing! The boys were great – unloading and rigging efficiently and with real understanding of what to do, before heading out to race in their respective semi-finals.  All four quads had separate semi-finals against the likes of Radley College to name but one of the opposition.  So it was impressive that three quads made it to the A final and then won the GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE medals on offer – an excellent display and a testament to the strength in depth of the squad. Well done to them! Mean while,...
Boat Club sizzles at the Nationals!

Boat Club sizzles at the Nationals!

Workman Storms to Victory  In an epic finish, and in his sixth 2000m race of the weekend, punishing by any standards, Isaac Workman produced a scintillating performance to win the GOLD medal and the Championship Sculls Trophy at the National Schools Regatta on the Sunday of the first weekend of half term. The National Schools Regatta is a huge event.  The scale is hard to describe.  It is the biggest multi lane regatta in the UK and indeed in the world for juniors.  Held this year at Dorney Lake, marquees, flags, boats, people, athletes were as far as the eye could see.  All the racing was broadcast live (albeit with dodgy commentary), and Dorney Lake looked spectacular. The Windsor Boys’ School had nearly 80 boys across all year groups and in different boat categories racing across the three day event – the major highlight for most juniors each year. Only Henley is bigger. Training has been long and hard, measured in weeks, months and indeed years. The WBSBC set up at the regatta is a feat of logistics, with our base made up of six marquees alongside the course, ready to provide food and rest areas for the athletes across the weekend, and a base for all our supporters to meet and be involved. With a TV in the marquee, not a stroke would be missed! Friday’s racing saw the Year 9s and 10s out in force. The year 9s were entered into three different categories. The first and second boats were octuples and had their own separate events to race in as first and second boats.  Four quads were also...
J15s steal the show at Bedford Regatta

J15s steal the show at Bedford Regatta

The J15 coxed quad of Matthew King, Kieran Nathu, Matvei Morozov, Ollie Pilbrow and cox Bilal Ibrahim (yr 12) raced supurbly to claim victory at Bedford Regatta on Saturday. Despite the pouring rain, they raced really well to make the final before putting on their best performance of the day to take the pewter tankards and stunning trophy.  Ollie Pilbrow said, “I really enjoy racing at Bedford - the atmosphere is amazing and the racing always tight - this feels good!” Meanwhile the J14 Octuple raced but sadly lost as did the J16 eight, but not before having to re-row their race after a first round dead heat with Radley College. Unfortunately they were not able to match their first performance going down by 1 length. All in all, a good days racing, which also saw several J14 crews out racing - no wins for them but lots of good experience.                               Mark Wilkinson | Director of Rowing The Windsor Boys’ School | 1 Maidenhead Road | Windsor | Berkshire | SL4 5EH Tel: 01753 716060 | www.twbs.co.uk | @wbsbc | www.facebook.com/windsorboysboatclub Support the Boat Club when shopping online | www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wbsbc   In Partnership with  ...
A stunning weekend’s racing for the Boat Club

A stunning weekend’s racing for the Boat Club

And so it starts – we have had a few regattas to date – Ghent, GB trials, Junior Inter-regional regatta, but the weekend gone was the first regatta for most. The winter is well behind us now, and even the weather agreed, as Dorney Lake saw blistering sunshine, very little wind, and exceptional racing all round. It didn’t start well though as the news that Marlow Spring Regatta to be held on the May day Monday bank holiday was to be cancelled leaving many disappointed young rowers. None the less 2 day of racing lay in wait. While we know the standard required, you are never quite sure where we are in relation to it until you race. Racing is the only thing that gives you this. But the boys were ready – many months training out on the water, in the gym, on training camp and more.  They were ready to race.  And race they did! JUNIOR SCULLING REGATTA - DORNEY LAKE The J14 Octuple crew of Dillon McCulley, Max Evans, Marcus Chute, Ben Lewin, Kyle Macklin, Dylan James, Ben Lawson, Charlie Warren, and cox William Parr were at their first regatta like so many J14s from across the country. They made the ‘A’ final after racing the qualifying time trials, and went on to achieve a superb BRONZE medal. Great stuff! The J15 quad of Matthew Wellington, Matthew King, Fergus Howe,  Niall Baines and cox Bilal Ibrahim also made the ‘A’ final of the J15 coxed quad event and also achieved an excellent BRONZE medal. And the J16 quad of Liam Atkins, Harvey Viotto, Oscar Frobisher and...
Boat Club: Van Gelderen and Ellery show their class

Boat Club: Van Gelderen and Ellery show their class

Van Gelderen Triumphs at the Junior Inter-Regional National Finals Julian Van Gelderen produced a sensational performance to take the J16 singles title at the Junior Inter-regional National Finals held in Nottingham last Saturday. Qualifying to the Thames Up-River team back in March, this competition is an athlete’s first chance to gain a representational honour – it is basically county level rowing. The Thames Valley Region is very strong in rowing; to just gain selection to the team is impressive, but Julian is a true up and coming star of the sport. Racing in the heat, Julian was involved in a tight finish with four boats neck and neck in the last 50 metres of the 1500m course, before Julian managed to scrape the win, to take centre stage in the final, 5 hours later. Learning fast from the first round, he got a much better start in the perfect conditions and executed his race plan brilliantly to take a commanding lead coming into the last 200m, and then taking the GOLD medal. Congratulations to him for an outstanding performance, which sets him nicely for the season ahead.   Ellery shows he is on the up at the National Great Britain Team Selection Regatta Bryn Ellery showed he has put some illness well and truly behind him at the National GB team Selection trials regatta last Sunday. The day before had been perfect for Julian, however the Sunday saw a beast of a head wind hit the National Water Sports Centre - brutally tough to race into in a single, it also causes the water to be very choppy, and...
Boat club update

Boat club update

The Boat Club has been very active and very busy over the last month. Great Britain Trials The selection trials for the Great Britain Team continued prior to the Easter break.  Isaac Workman and Bryn Ellery travelled to Nottingham for five gruelling days of testing, which saw Bryn selected to the British Rowing team for the third year running.  He will travel to Munich at the beginning of May to compete at Munich International Regatta, which serves as a warm up event to the World Championships in August. Congratulation to him. Breisach Training Camp, Germany The annual Breisach training camp took place with twelve days in the lovely town of Breisach, where the river Rhine is an awesome venue for training.  Forty boys trained really well, often three times per day on the camp.  Training camp is an epic mission of logistics to get all the boats and coaching launches out there.  The rig is huge and packed.  The camp also serves as an excellent study period for the boys – the hotel conference room is converted, and boys had a great environment to get some high quality study in.  It is amazing to see them so committed on the water and gym, but likewise to their studies too.  They all without fail, did more quality study in Breisach then they would have at home. J14s camp in Windsor Unfortunately due to the dangerous river conditions the J14 year 9 camp was moved to the gym due to the horrible weather causing the river to swell. None the less, they trained well, and Mr Morrell was very pleased with them ...
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