Wallingford Regatta April 2017
We an interesting start to Wallingford Regatta with the supposedly 2000m, straight lane, side by side, standing start race being changed to a 1500m time trial, much like a head race, due to the extreme head wind.
This was strangely disappointing as our WJ16 quad had been practising racing starts for weeks and were looking forward to putting them in to practise at our first proper regatta. After putting the boat on the water we pushed off and did a 3km warm up with a few high rate bursts, then we went up to the start. We were paired against Putney High School so it was a replicating a regatta. We had a shaky start with a crab 20m before the start which only made us more determined not to let Putney in front of us. Even with a cross head wind and cresting waves coming over the boat we had a good race with minimal mistakes considering conditions finishing 5th.
This result means that if a final was run we would have made it in. We had a good race with a very pleasing result especially as we had a late crew change and half of our boat was J15. We felt it was a good experience even if we missed out on a regatta style race and are looking forward to out next regatta so we can finally put our starts to good use.
The day began with an early start of 5:00. As part of the J16 quad Ed, Harry, Oscar and I headed down for our first ever race at Dorney Lake for our heat race at 8:00. After a promising heat, coming second by 5 seconds to Henley Rowing club, we narrowly missed out on the final. Overall a good race and lots of experience for the upcoming Junior sculling championships and National schools regatta. We’ll be back next year to Wallingford regatta and be in that final. The J18 boys coxed four sadly suffered the same fate as our quad, coming short of the final. After midday, winds picked up and heat races became time trials, the J16 girls quad did well in there 1500m time trial coming fifth overall.