Rowing

Upcoming Fixtures

Jul
18
Wed
2018
Coupe De La Jeunesse Training Camp
Jul 18 – Jul 30 all-day
Junior World Championships Training Camp
Jul 18 – Aug 5 all-day
Jul
24
Tue
2018
Learn to row Course 1
Jul 24 – Jul 27 all-day
Jul
31
Tue
2018
Coupe De la Jeunesse
Jul 31 – Aug 2 all-day
Learn to row Course 2
Jul 31 – Aug 3 all-day
Aug
5
Sun
2018
Travel to Junior World Championships @ Czech Republic
Aug 5 all-day
Aug
6
Mon
2018
Junior World Championships
Aug 6 – Aug 12 all-day
Aug
7
Tue
2018
Learn to Row Course
Aug 7 – Aug 10 all-day
Aug
8
Wed
2018
Junior World Championships RACING STARTS @ Czech Republic
Aug 8 all-day
Aug
14
Tue
2018
Improver Rowing Course
Aug 14 – Aug 17 all-day
Sep
7
Fri
2018
Year 9 Swim and Capsize Test @ set up from 11:00
Sep 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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, and the ultimate dream of regaining The Fawley Challenge Cup was finally achieved in 2017.

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.

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 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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