Rowing: An outstanding bank holiday weekend

It was an outstanding bank holiday weekend for the King’s School Chester Rowing team.

On Sunday, May 1, seven club boats competed at Wallingford Regatta: the boys’ squad entered two doubles, a pair, a coxless four, a quad and an eight, and the girls’ squad entered a coxed four.

The girls had a very successful day, finishing first in their heat. This took them to the final where they put in a performance to be proud of, placing second to a very strong Shiplake college crew. Congratulations to the crew: Isabella Jones (U6GLA), Lucy Thomson (U6FOX), Lily Wood (U6DUT), Mica Hird (U6GLA), and Cox, Issy Donnachie (U6DUT) 

On the boys’ side, the doubles put in a valiant effort, with both coming fifth in their respective heats.

Later in the day, one of the doubles also competed in the challenge pairs category, producing  a competitive race in a category that included adult rowers and university crews, ultimately placing fifth in their final.

In the afternoon, the senior boys’ quad raced to place sixth in their heat.

The boys’ coxless four won their heat to progress on to the final where, after a courageous battle with fourth place, they pulled through for a third place. Congratulations to the crew: George Munday (L6BRA), Hugh Hudson (U6GRO), Anthony Audas (U6WER) and Nathan Wilmot (U6WAL). 

The boys’ senior VIII finished fourth in their heat.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Annabel Swift (5BRD) and Maya Swift (5BRD) competed in the Junior National Sculling Regatta, which was also held on Dorney Lake.

They performed well in the time trial, finishing in first place.

In the race, they missed a medal position by less than one second in the A final, competing in a very strong J15 category with outstanding competition that included the South African National Team.