RGS Worcester Boat Club kicked off the regatta season with four wins at Evesham Regatta last Saturday, one of its most successful performances at this fixture. Head of Rowing, Jane Sullivan recounts the events:
“The Girls Coxed Four put on a magnificent technical display of sweep oar rowing in their event where they swept the board beating Bewdley Rowing Club and then Brasenose College to claim the win. Francine Bath, Darcy Simon, Emma Little and Amelia Fish were coxed to victory over the 1k course by their coxswain Ellie Jones.
There was victory for the pairing of Drew Dixon and Alex Owen racing in the Men’s Double event. The boys had showed great promise in the double at Easter Rowing Camp and swept the board in the Open 2x B1 event against strong opposition from Pangbourne College Boat Club.
In the J15 Boys’ event, the crew of Malachy and James Larkin, Daniel Hall, Harry Lord and coxswain Olly Bailey claimed an early victory against Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School before coming up against their RGS clubmates in the final, which they won.
Rowing Captains Alec Berry and Matt Hill raced in the Men’s Singles event. Matt beat scullers from Warwick Boat Club and Evesham Rowing Club to reach the final, while Alec beat Hereford and Evesham Rowing Clubs in his half of the draw. As the event was running two hours over we arranged for the Final to be raced at Worcester in the Games session. It was hotly contested but Alec Berry put on an early sprint to take the lead over an 800m course and was awarded the win.”
Crews which won races to get through to their finals included the Coxed Four (Ben Walker, Jack Beasley, Adam Smith, Edward Smith with Harry Lord as coxswain), Women’s B2 Double (Nelly Ledger, Ellie Jones), Women’s B1 Double (Amelia Fish, Elle Mortimer) and WJ18 Double (Francine Bath, Darcy Simon).
Head of Rowing, Jane Sullivan, commented: “We have had a challenging winter with fixtures and training affected by high river levels, snow and rain, so it was fantastic to see that, despite missing out on so much water training we have managed to produce winning crews and numerous finalists at Evesham. It was a great start to the regatta racing season.”