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 Oliver Traynor made it a hatrick of BRONZE medals in the quads events at J16 level, this time without a cox.
Meanwhile, Julian Van Gelderen continues his meteoric rise in the single scull by winning GOLD in the J16 singles event over the 2000m course.
Matthew Tebbit and Ferdy Cleare got their reward for perseverance taking a very well earned SILVER medal in the J17 doubles event.
Isaac Workman won his first ever medal in a singles event by winning the SILVER medal in the J18 singles event, but it was left to Sam Bodkin and Tom Shewell to secure the top medal of Championship level double sculls, as they came from behind to take the GOLD medal.
An incredible day, but this was still just day one!
WALLINGFORD REGATTA - DORNEY LAKE
Day two saw the boys competing at Wallingford Regatta, also held at Dorney Lake. Sam and Tom were back at it winning GOLD in the J18 doubles event during the morning, while Sam also raced with Julian Van Gelderen in the afternoon taking GOLD in the Senior men’s doubles event.
The J16 eight of Curtis Workman, Oliver Traynor, Liam Atkins, Daniel Shaw, Harvey Viotto, Oscar Frobisher, Ben Potts, Ryan Delaney, and cox William Denegri showed they could become quite competitive this year by making the final after a hotly contested semi-final before going onto take 6th place, but just 2 seconds behind the bronze medalists
MUNICH INTERNATIONAL REGATTA
Bryn Ellery travelled with the British rowing team to Munich on Friday to compete in the single scull and the quad scull at Munich International Regatta. This regatta is used as a marker towards the world championships in August and the standard is quite simply awesome. The racing is savage and brutal and the raging head wind did not help.
Bryn raced really well though gaining 6th fastest time in the finals of the singles sculls in the Saturday before going onto win a BRONZE medal in the GB quad on the Sunday. An excellent weekend’s experience and racing that will see him gain confidence towards the rest of the season.
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