RGS rowers kicked off the summer regatta season with two wins at Evesham Regatta last Saturday (29 April).
The crew of Amelia Fish, Emma Little, Darcy Simon and Francine Bath had two hotly-contested races to claim the Women’s Intermediate 3 coxless quad event. The first race against Avon County saw the crews race neck-and-neck down the 1km course with the RGS crew just pulling ahead in the final stages to win by one length. In the final, against City of Bristol, the racing was similarly fierce with neither crew wishing to give way to the other. In the last 100 metres, the RGS girls took the rate and power up and squeezed ahead by three-quarters of a length to take the win.
The second win of the day came for the Junior 18 coxed four of Alec Berry, Harry Smith, Ben Thomson and Ashley Nock, coxed by Guy Milton. The first round, against Pangbourne College, proved tough! The Pangbourne crew has a good pedigree of winning and the RGS crew definitely went out as the underdogs. The long winter of training paid off with the RGS boys racing to the line and claiming the win by one length. The final, against Monmouth Boys’ School, was less of a fight and RGS won by four-and-a-half lengths.
Elsewhere in the squad there were several finalists including Ben Walker racing J15 single for the first time and who beat scullers from City of Bristol and Abingdon, before coming up against a strong sculler from Windsor Boys’ School. Ben put up a good fight but the Windsor sculler pulled ahead in the closing stages of the race.
Bethan Treneer and Lauren Rogers raced Women’s Intermediate 3 double, where they claimed a place in the final by knocking out another RGS double (Beth Rabjohn and Elle Mortimer). They were eventually beaten by a strong Warwick Boat Club combo.
It was the first experience of regatta racing for our beginner J14s. There was a first round win against Abingdon for Mia Fletcher and Phoebe Ellis-Tait in the WJ14 double. The pair came unstuck in the quarter-finals against City of Bristol. There was lots to learn for our beginner rowers but they all put up a good fight in their races and came away hungry to compete again.
The rowing squad’s next fixtures are at Nottingham City on 13 May and the National Junior Sculling Regatta on 14 May.