Rowing

The Windsor BOys School - RowingRowing is the school’s flagship sport which is incredibly rare for a state comprehensive school. Despite the school’s status it is blessed with a host of national champions, and international representatives as well as host of well qualified and dedicated coaches. All of the boys at the school are given the opportunity to row. They start in year 9 with a simple capsize drill and swim test before developing their sculling skills on the River Thames throughout the whole of year 9 and 10. Racing comes thick and fast in the summer and the aim is to get as many boys as possible up to a racing standard. Gym sessions from 7am during the winter and early morning sessions on the river during the summer months mean that the boys’ skills develop quickly. As boys move into year 11, the training increases and the targets get higher with representational honors on the cards. The system at Windsor Boys‘ is progressive, and hopefully by the time boys reach the 6th Form their skills will be highly proficient, and with a really good understanding of what it takes to perform to a high level as an athlete. For those who don‘t quite make the lofty heights of representing their country there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the benefits of being a rower, including a very active racing program across all the year groups, and of course all the health benefits that come with a high level of fitness.
The Windsor Boys' School Boat Club

Patrons: Sir Mathew Pincent OBE and Zac Purchase MBE

The Windsor Boys’ School Boat Club was founded in 1940 by members of Eton Excelsior Rowing Club, in an attempt to keep their club active during the Second World War. By the end of the 1950s the club had moved into its present boathouse on the River Thames, adjacent to the School’s playing fields.

The success of the club soared in the mid 1960s, with an eight competing at the Henley Royal Regatta in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. As with many clubs, the cycle of fortune fluctuated and the early 1970s saw a downturn in the club’s fortunes. More recently, the club has flourished, earning a nationally recognised reputation for excellence, particularly in the field of crew sculling.

In 1992 The Henley Royal Regatta instituted a race for Under-19 quadruple sculls, The Fawley Challenge Cup. Our record in this prestigious event is unrivalled by any other school club, with five consecutive wins to date (1994-98) and many other finals appearances.

Over the past few years, the top quad has made quarter final and semi-final appearances at Henley Royal Regatta, but the ultimate dream of regaining The Fawley Challenge Cup is still to be achieved.

Recognition for this level of excellence has come with numerous Windsor Boys’ School pupils being selected to represent the Great Britain team. James White and Ross Brogan were selected to the GB Coupe De La Jeunesse European Championship Team that raced at Lucerne, Switzerland, while Andrew Joel was selected to the World Junior Championship Team that raced in Trakai, Luthuania. Meanwhile old boy Adam Freeman Pask has just returned from the Senior World Championships in South Korea with a Bronze medal in the Lightweight mens four, an Olympic Class boat.

To get to this level requires a level of commitment and dedication by anyone who aspires to it. Boys start, however, in year 9 with a simple capsize drill and swim test, before developing their sculling skills on the River Thames throughout the whole of year 9 and 10. The aim is to give as many as possible the opportunity to row. Racing comes thick and fast in the summer and the aim is to get as many boys as possible up to a racing standard. Gym sessions from 7am during the winter and early morning sessions on the river during the summer months mean that the boys‘ skills develop quickly. As boys move into year 11, the training increases and the targets get higher, with representational honours on the card. The system at Windsor Boys‘ is progressive, and hopefully by the time boys reach the 6th Form their skills will be highly proficient, and with a really good understanding of what it takes to perform to a high level as an athlete. For those who don‘t quite make the lofty heights of representing their country there is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being a rower, including a very active racing programme across all the year groups, and of course, all the health benefits of being very fit.

Over the last couple of years The Boat Club has done a lot of travelling, including Belgium and France competing in International Regattas, racing in St Petersburg, Russia, and many training camps during the Easter holidays, usually to France too.

 

We take enormous pride in the achievements of all our boys at all levels, from our Junior 14 “D”s through to our International representatives. We know that such success does not come easily and is gained only through a dedicated approach and a great deal of hard work. We are also aware that such involvement contributes in many ways to the development of outstanding young men.

Henley Royal Regatta 2017

Next week, the major highlight of the rowing and sporting calendar will see The Windsor Boys’ School out competing for The Fawley Challenge Cup as the 1st Quad were pre-qualified following their success at the Nationals a few weeks ago.

Reading Amateur Regatta

Following on from Saturdays racing at Blenheim Palace, the Boat Club headed to Reading Amateur Regatta with a different set of boys. Reading Amateur Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in the world, as it celebrated its 175 year anniversary!!

Exciting racing at Dorney Lake!

The J15 quad of Oliver Traynor, Julian Van Gelderen, Harvey Viotto, Liam Atkins and Max Smith (cox) were involved in a titanic battle, as they took Silver at the Junior Sculling Regatta held at Dorney Lake last Sunday.

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