The Windsor Boys’ School Boat Club

The Windsor Boys’ School Boat Club

The Boat Club – Hey, Let’s Do it Anyway! Rowing weekends are nothing if not epic in their planning, logistics and then the execution of the plan. With over 100 boys rowing at The Windsor Boys’ School and very limited coaching capacity, outside the box thinking is always necessary to ensure the boys have the very best opportunity to showcase their rowing prowess. The attitude is always, “let’s do it anyway” and “why can’t we do it?” Above all else, “Don’t tell us we are only a state comp”! The weekend gone was no exception. Typically, the weekend planning starts weeks in advance, but in the preceding week, it comes down to ensuring all equipment, coaches, boys and parents are in the right place at the right time, and actually knowing what they are doing. On Saturday 15 boys were competing at Dorney Lake at the regional qualification races, where if they were successful they could achieve selection to the Thames Upriver Regional team that would go to Nottingham to compete in the Junior Inter-Regional Championships in April. Saturday also saw the senior squad training on the river in the morning and then being involved with ‘competitive training’ at Dorney Lake, racing Eton College, University of London, Tideway Scullers Rowing Club and the Oxford University Women’s Blue Boat race crew, due to be racing in a few weeks’ time up on the tideway in front of millions on TV and live at the event. Meanwhile back at the boathouse the remaining year 10 squad were training on the river, before helping turn all the equipment around ready for the year...
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