When the rowers arrived at the Charles river, Boston USA, they were greeted by the most challenging conditions the event had witnessed in the last ten years. A strong headwind was blowing up the river and the boys knew it would make for tough conditions out on the course. Fortunately it was a sunny day and an estimated 200,000 people were lining the river banks to enjoy the spectacle of the world's largest two day regatta.
Radley had entered two coxed fours and this was to be their first race of the season, so their was an air of determination from the boys as they waited for command from the starter to set them off on the 4,800 metre course. The event is run in a time trial format with the 85 crews in the junior coxed four event being set off in 15 second intervals. Both crews started well and settled into a solid rhythm, with the 1st four soon challenging the boats in front of them and the 2nd four holding their station against some fast crews behind them.
After watching the crews go past, the coaches eagerly kept an eye on the live timings which update results as soon as crews cross the finish line. The Radley 1st four held the top spot after the first ten crews had crossed the line and it was a tense few minutes as we waited for all 85 crews to finish. Finally the official result was confirmed and Radley was declared the overall winner with the 2nd four in a hugely impressive 22nd place overall. It was also good to see that the 2nd four had managed to finish just ahead of a St Paul's four too. This is the first time that Radley has won this prestigious event which attracts crews from all over the world.
Congratulations to all the boys for their outstanding achievement and a special mention to the coxes Matthew Dawson and Ted Williams - the Head of the Charles is regarded as one of the most challenging head races to steer and the windy conditions made it even more trickier, but both boys did an excellent job. The crews are now looking forward to the Head of the Schuylkill which takes place in Philadelphia next Sunday.
1st Four: Max Senior, Freddie Elwes, Archie McChesney, Joshua Bowesman-Jones, Matthew Dawson (cox)
2nd Four: William a'Brassard, Freddie Corner, Max Dunlap, James Innes-Ker, Ted Williams (cox)