The regatta season has begun with a trip to Eton Dorney. We arrived promptly and rigged up the boats. The water and weather was set to perfection for a great days rowing. Radley sent ten boats all ready and competing for a first place spot against some top rowing schools including Bedford, Abingdon, St. Paul’s, Hampton and Eton. So it was going to be a hard days racing nevertheless we were determined and ready to race.
The first set of races of the day were the time trials, a race against time. All the crews managed to get a strong start to the day and ended up in top categories and even some racing above their age group. We now had experience from the first 2K and knew the conditions which we were racing in. Each coach worked with their crew to make the following side-by-side races perfect. The second set of races began, this time side-by-side racing. Crews had adapted to the fight of side-by-side racing and were getting top spots for the finals. A few crews missing out on top places were put into B-finals, however each crew continued into their final race with determination and eagerness. Being the third race, fatigue was now settling in, muscles were tired but everyone dug deep to come out with some great results in the finals.
We finished with; Boys-U15C Coxed Quad Skull, Boys-U14A Octo, Boys-U14B Octo, Boys-U14C Octo, Boys-U14D Octo and Boys U16A Eight all coming first. Then the Boys U18B Eight coming 6th, Boys U16A Eight coming 4th, the Boys U15A Eight coming 2nd and Boys U15B Eight coming 5th. Overall it was a brilliant day out racing and a great start to the racing season, in particular the shells with all four of their boats coming first which shows they have a promising season ahead.
Report by Freddie Neilsen, Remove, F Social