The School Boat Club had an outstanding days racing at Bedford Regatta on Saturday 12th May. The regatta is a side by side match, racing over 1200m with schools, clubs and universities from across the country. Despite the early start and wet weather every year group impressed with their tenacity, skill and drive, firmly establishing an enviable competitive edge with the most wins on the day, of any Club present.
The Lower 5 boys octopules won both A and B finals over Royal Shrewsbury School and St Pauls School respectively. Both J14 A and B quads made the final but these were unfortunately cancelled due to the bad weather.
The Middle 5 boys A boat beat Latymer School in the semi-final and were half a length off Radley College in the final. A great result considering rowing at Radley College is a major sport.
The Upper 5 boys coxed four and lost to a very strong South Africa Schools boat by 2 feet, having beaten Bedford Modern School in the heat, and the J16 1st 8 lost to Radley by quarter of a length in the final, having beaten Bedford School and South Africa School overturning them in the last 10 strokes. The J16 quad won quite convincingly.
The Senior coxed four, won beating a very strong Gt Marlow School crew in the final, in a very fast time, and despatching Bedford School and Bedford Modern School in earlier heats.
The girls coxed four, won their heats and semis convincingly only to lose in the final to St. Edwards School in the final. They then combined forces with 4 other girls to form an 8+ winning Ladies Open 8’s (Band 2).
The J15 girls coxed quad had quite an extraordinary race to dead heat with Sir William Borlase, progressing into the semi-final and losing out to Putney High the eventual winners.
Photographs above by Norwich School pupil Kit Witaker
Photographs by All Mark One