Thames RC Juniors rowing in Ghent
We spent the week training of 6th – 13th April on the Ghent lake in (almost entirely) brilliant weather, finishing the week off with two days of racing at the Ghent Spring Regatta.
I’d just like to say that I am extremely proud of how everyone conducted themselves on this camp. Everyone really stepped up the mark, both in terms of their on water performances and improvements and their professionalism both on and off the water.
The regatta is two self contained events, with an identical racing programme being run on each day, but the two days being separate. The races are run in a side by side time trial format, meaning even if a crew is leading, they still have to push for their fastest time.
On the Saturday of the regatta, after a delayed start of 2.5 hours due to heavy fog, Alex and Oscar finally began their race just as the sun broke through. They raced extremely cleanly and well, placing 5th overall in a field of 12, ahead of many other J16 international crews from Gibraltar, Belgium and the Netherlands.
On the Sunday, they bettered Saturdays time by 12 seconds (7:31!) to come third overall behind two strong Westminster crews.
The Girls WJ15 4x+ were only able to enter the coxless quad event and race crews a year older than themselves so Aggie their cox was forced to continue her support from the bank for the weekend.
On the Saturday, the girls placed second, winning a very well deserved silver medal ahead of Globe RC (YES!!!), a sport Ghent crew and a quad from Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association. This was a fantastic first race from these girls!
On the Sunday they beat their Saturday’s time by 15 seconds and closed the gap on the winners from Saturday from 16 seconds to 5 seconds! A massive step on at the end of what had been a transformational week for the crew.
Oscar Bird was disappointed with his race late on Saturday afternoon, after a long day of delays. To his credit he still recorded a fast time, placing 13th out of a field of 30, well under 8minutes at 7:55.
On Sunday Oscar raced much more strongly, learning from Saturday’s race to make good changes. In difficult choppy conditions he placed an excellent 5th out of 30 in a time of 7:49.
Everyone was really happy with their results and how they moved on during the week and between races.