Day 6 – Belgium National Championships and the return journey

Out of the hostel early to make our way to the course for the last day of the camp. Competitive racing all day again with many crews picking up medals through the day. Strong performances from the senior squads were matched by the J15 boys and girls squads. After the racing the trailer was loaded before a BBQ and departure for the Chester. With exhausted legs and tired heads the coach returned to Chester at 3am, followed by the trailers at 6am. Well done and thank you to all the coaches and athletes who made the week so successful and enjoyable for all.

Day 5 – Regatta Day

28 entries from the King’s School and very strong results from the club all day, culminating in the boys 1st VIII winning the junior mens VIII’s over domestic and international crews.

Day 4 – Ice cream & preparation

A good mornings racing and training in preparation for the regatta tomorrow. A full fleet will be racing over the weekend and with the progress made over the last few days hopes are high. Racing starts at 0800 in the morning with the J16 4-. The trip to the supermarket today proved popular, with bags of food collected for the weekend and good weather forecast it should be an exciting event for all.

Day 3 – Five VIII's…

A fantastic days training with a couple of hours in Ghent.  All the crews did over 20K on the lake, at one point there were five King’s VIII’s across the 5 lanes of the course racing. Spirits are still high and apart from a few blisters everyone is just about holding together!

Day 2 – Mileage and sun tans

All crews completed three outings after an early rise, every crew and athlete took to the water in what was an excellent day of rowing. We returned to the hostel at 7pm for food and then sleep which was needed! We had our first capsize of the camp today, a long story to be told by a J15, but all ok. Everyone fit and healthy and ready for the morning and a further few K on the waters of Ghent before a trip to the city.

Day 1 – It was all going so well!…

All arrived at the hostel after a long days travel. We arrived at the course with 20 C temperatures and brilliant sunshine. The water looks great and all the crews can’t wait to get out. A few problems with the tow vehichle which decided to break down at Ostend which put pay to the outing this evening but a jog around the lake worked out well for all. All back in the hostel now, fed and watered and ready for the morrow.

Monmouth Tour 2010

All 32 athletes have returned home safely after a successful trip to Monmouth. After four days of sculling, climbing mountains and playing indoor football the crews have returned with added experience and excitement for the summers racing ahead. Many thanks to the coaches who worked so hard during the week to make it an enjoyable camp for all and the J14 squad for working so hard during the four days away.

Lent Term – Rowing Highlights

The Lent term has been extremely busy, 11 VIII’s have established themselves and competed with growing confidence over the Lent Term’s racing. There have been many high points of the term, the following deserving of a mention:
• James Kinsey, Inigo Atkins, Oliver Holt & Sam Wilson’s finish position of 3rd & 4th Pair at the GB under 18 trials places four King’s rowers in the top eight nationally at that age group and was an excellent set of results. They now continue to the next set of trials in a bid to win their 1st GB cap of the season.
• The Boys 1st VIII finishing position of 5th in championship VIII’s at the schools head is the best finishing position since 2005
• The Girls 1st VIII finishing position of 9th in championship VIII’s is an excellent first result for the girls who have not competed in this event in the last 5 years.
• At Hampton Head the crews made a great start to the term, dominating the J15 VIII’s event with the J14’s, both boys and girls putting down a strong marker for the season.
• The schools & sculling Head saw 8 of the 11 VIII’s from King’s finish in the top 5 crews in their respective events.
• At the North of England Head King’s won 4 out of the 8 categories they were racing in, including the girls crews winning 3 out of the 4 categories that they were in.
• The school has qualified three crews for the Inter-Regional’s North-West team. The boys J16 VIII, and both the girls and boys J14 coxed quads.
In all it has been a very encouraging term. Over a 100 pupils have represented the school in a range of events. On top of the work on the water, £1300 was raised at the triathlon in January. Over the Easter break all the squads head off on training camps, the seniors to Ghent in Belgium, the juniors to Monmouth.

North of England Head, 2010

A successful weekend of racing for the school rowing club. Competing on home waters against strong opposition, crews from the club continued with the improvements made over the last term. The 1st VIII narrowly missed out on the senior eights event, loosing to the Shrewsbury 1st VIII by 13 seconds. The J16 VIII, competing above their age group bracket only missed out on the Novice pennant by 7 seconds to a crew from Durham University. The boys J15 squad boated three VIII’s, with the A and B crew picked in matched boats. Both crews competed well, winning the pennant and encouragingly posting a time good enough to win the J16 VIII’s event. Three coxed quads from the boys J14 squad competed, finishing 2nd, 4th and 7th, just missing out on the win by seven seconds this time to Queens Park High School.

The girls crews put in some strong performances with three wins from the four crews. The Girls 1st VIII won the women’s Novice pennant, 26 seconds quicker than their nearest rivals from Manchester University. The girls J14 Octuple produced an excellent row to win their event, followed by the J14 girls coxed quad which not only won the J14 event but posted a time quick enough to win the J15 event to.

In total, 12 crews competed for the school, winning 4 of the 8 categories they were entered for.