May has been a very buzzy time for the Star Club juniors and we would like to take the opportunity to bring you up to date with their races.
Star Club Juniors had four crews entered at Bedford Regatta. This event is organised by all the clubs in Bedford so many of our juniors were also helping with the marshalling throughout the day to ensure the regatta ran smoothly. Our J15 boys raced in a coxed quad and gain valuable experience of a stake boat start. Once they had won their first race getting to compete in the semi finals again Hampton School was always going to be a tall order. They raced well but couldn’t quite match the speed of the Hampton crew (The eventual event winners). The Junior girls raced for the first time in the J15 coxed quad event and again they progressed to the semi-final only to miss out on the final by a few feet. The Senior boys were in a coxed four that made it through to the final to be drawn against a Masters men’s Star club crew. As a younger crew the boys held their own all the way to the town bridge and then pulled away to win in stile. The under sixteen boys again raced well in the J16 4X event and reached the final with skill and good speed, where the came up against boys twice their size. They held them for ¾ of the race but could not hold on to take the win finishing second.
The Ball Cup is a regatta held at the Olympic venue Dorney, it is designed for development and learning how to row on a multi lane course. As our juniors came down the road approaching the lake “Wow, that’s bigger than Bedford” was the comment from most of them. We decided to take some smaller boats to develop the rowers confidence and skill level. This worked well and all went away with a sense of learning. We took our under 15 boys and girls to compete in double sculls, both makes it through to the final with the boys winning a bronze medal to take home for their hard work. Also in doubles the under 16 boys raced their socks off against boys that were twice their height bringing home the gold medal. We will defiantly attend this regatta again next year with an aim to double the numbers of rowers we take.
National Sculling Regatta.
This was a new regatta for Star club, again at Dorney Lake and one we will do again next year but with more crews. Three boats made it through to A finals and one to a B final, it was a packed day of racing. Toby White had learnt from the week before at Ball Cup, he worked hard in the time trial and made it into the B final which he won and finish 7th over all in under 15 single sculls.
The under 16 boys cox less quad and the under 18 girls cox less quad executed their race plan and were place well to finish 5th in both their A finals. Jack Gowing in the under 18 singles took each race in his stride and finished a creditable 3rd in the A final to bring home the bronze medal.
We now have National school regatta at the end of May and in June our own Star regatta to look forward to. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of a growing junior section at Star Rowing club.