Worcester Regatta: a dead heat and three wins for RGS rowers

Our senior rowers won another three events at last Saturday’s Worcester Regatta, while our J15 girls produced an exciting neck-and-neck race which resulted in a dead heat.

The girls’ double of Phoebe Ellis-Tait and Megan Wright drew King’s School Worcester in their first round, winning through to face a second King’s crew for another win which put them into the final. Pitted against Wycliffe the RGS girls knew this race was going to be close – and so it was for most of the race. Then the RGS double pulled out all the stops to draw ahead for the win by 1.5 lengths.

Ben Walker, Adam Smith, Edward Smith and Ben Jarvis, raced against Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in the first round of the J18 quad. Over the first half of the course the racing was neck-and-neck but the RGS boys put on a spurt in the final 200 metres of the race to win through to the Final against another Bishop Vesey’s crew. Once again, the race started close but the RGS crew put on a push as they came around the bend for a win with the verdict of ‘easily’. The boys then split into doubles for the afternoon where there was a win for the duo of Ben Walker and Adam Smith in the J18 double.

Having won a race against Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the first round of their event, the J15 girls’ coxed quad provided one of the most exciting races of the day with a dead heat against the crew from King’s School which they had beaten the previous week at Shrewsbury Regatta. The umpire ordered a re-row and the girls once again battled down the course with nothing more than the distance of a bow ball between them (about 3cm!). As the girls reached the line the spectators feared another dead-heat as only one bell was rung but the umpire declared a win for King’s, by two feet.

Our youngest rowers in Year Nine experienced their first ever regatta. RGS put out four J14 coxed quads, two girls’ and two boys’ crews. The boys and girls, who have only been rowing since September rowed well and have a bright future in Rowing at RGSW.