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Upcoming Fixtures

Jan
26
Sat
2019
Year 10 Rowing v KGS PRIVATE MATCH
Jan 26 all-day
Feb
2
Sat
2019
Hampton Head of River
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Feb
9
Sat
2019
GB Trials BOSTON
Feb 9 all-day
Feb
16
Sat
2019
WBSBC Club Championships @ Weather dependant at Dorney
Feb 16 all-day
Feb
17
Sun
2019
WBSBC Training Camp @ All squads
Feb 17 – Feb 21 all-day
Feb
22
Fri
2019
GB Long Distance Trials
Feb 22 – Feb 24 all-day
Apr
6
Sat
2019
J15 Squad Training Camp @ Breisach
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day
Apr
8
Mon
2019
Senior Training Camp (Yr11-13) @ Breisach
Apr 8 – Apr 19 all-day
Apr
27
Sat
2019
Junior Selection regatta
Apr 27 all-day
Apr
28
Sun
2019
Junior Inter-regionals regatta
Apr 28 all-day
Jun
22
Sat
2019
Marlow @ Dorney Regatta
Jun 22 all-day
Jun
23
Sun
2019
Thames Valley Park Regatta
Jun 23 all-day
Jun
28
Fri
2019
Henley Qualification Races
Jun 28 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jun
30
Sun
2019
Egham Regatta
Jun 30 all-day
J16 GB France qualifiers
Jun 30 all-day
Jul
3
Wed
2019
Henley Royal Regatta
Jul 3 – Jul 7 all-day
Jul
10
Wed
2019
FINAL CREW FORMATION – GB Rowing
Jul 10 – Jul 15 all-day
Jul
31
Wed
2019
World Rowing Junior Championships @ TOKYO
Jul 31 – Aug 11 all-day

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.