The Boat Club’s annual tour to the USA is becoming increasingly popular and this year we had a record number of 20 boys joining the trip. We entered two coxed fours and an eight in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, the biggest two-day rowing event in the world which attracts 11 000 competitors and 300 000 spectators each year.
We started the tour with a training camp over three days at the Dartmouth College boat club. This is situated on a stunning stretch of river in beautiful surroundings. Dartmouth looked after us very well and we also enjoyed superb weather during our time there which added to the enjoyment.
After Dartmouth we travelled to New Haven to train at Yale University’s very impressive facility. The weather remained favourable and we had another three days of productive training. We also had dinner one evening at the Yale dining hall and were joined by some of the ORs who are presently studying and rowing for Yale.
After Yale we moved to Boston to prepare for the race itself and were based Boston University boathouse, another very impressive facility. We also had an official tour of the Harvard boathouse during our time in Boston. The weather conditions on race day were the best the event had seen over the past ten years and all three crews raced well, with the top four finishing 4th overall (out of 85 entries), the eight came 28th and the other coxed four finished 62nd.