Borlase Rowing Squads raced at Wallingford Regatta on Sunday 6th May. Wallingford is another opportunity to test our crews, tweak lineups and race plans before the National Schools Regatta at the end of May. After a successful day of racing the day before at the Junior Sculling Head we had the following crews competing.
J16 Boys 4x
A slight change in line up saw Norbert Bolier replace Max Clark in the J16 4x. A strong Henley Rowing Club 4x took an early lead in the final. Borlase pushed the Henley 4x all the way down the track but could not reel them in after letting them slip away early in the race. Borlase finished 2nd in a strong field, beating Claires Court, Wallingford, South African Rowing Association and Westminster.
J15 Boys 8+
The J15 boys 8 consisted of Joe Haslehurst, Olly Gale, Ben Jackson, Ben Furley, Gabe Dorosh, Deen Khawar, Billy Macleod and Joel Scurlock. With very little preparation for this event the crew decided to take their heat on early and see what happened. The crew blasted off the start and lead through the 500 meter mark, however, the strong field started to close the gap on Borlase and at the finish line they were just short of qualifying for the final. Westminster went on to take the win in this event with Hampton and Shiplake in 2nd and 3rd.
J18 Girls 4x
Daisy Bethell, Eden Hudson, Bella O'Hara and Ella Reike tested their metal in the women's championship quadruple sculls. This is the hardest open women's event possible. The girls had a tough heat, and displayed some good first half speed for their first regatta race of the season, however we where just out paced in the last 500m sprint, and missed out on qualifying for the final by 1s. The event was eventually won by Thames RC women's high performance squad after a showdown with Nottingham RC.
J18 Girls 4x
Lottie Heuser, Ikmun Gill, Kat & Tassja Krajewski raced the Junior Girls quad event. This is 3/4 of our line up that will race as the second quad at NSR. Against some of the best junior girls quads in the country they put up a great fight, and learnt some tough lessons about race prep along the way. Hydration, and hats are key for 26+ 'c bright sunshine. However they showed some great promise for a young quad in this category, and will now get ready for NSR in a few weeks.
J18 Girls 4+
Daisy Bethell, Eden Hudson, Bella O'Hara, Sara Helin and Minna Hughes raced in the junior girls coxed four event. They raced hard in the first heat, but where a little out powered during the mid race pace by Marlow BC and ended up second. Progressing onto their final right at the end the day having been at Dorney for 10 hours, the girls improved upon their heat performance and held on a length down on Marlow for 1500m, and then had a battle on with the field in the final 500m, and unfortunately came out the wrong side of a coin toss, and finished in 4th place by 2/10ths of a second. Bring on Schools!
On Saturday 5th of May Borlase Rowing competed in the Junior Sculling Regatta at Dorney Lake. The event saw hundreds of schools from all over the country compete on the 2000m Olympic Rowing Course. Borlase Rowing had crews competing in 16 different events.
Year 9 Boys 8x+
Elliot Kent, John Kennedy, Lucas Roberts, Max Byng-Maddick, Toby Tremmeling, Keanu Temtkin, Charles Betz, Dom Young and cox Jackson Hatfield were looking to improve on their 6th place finish at the Junior Sculling Head in the winter. They rowed a very controlled time trial finishing in 5th place putting them in to the A final with Windsor Boys, Hampton, Latymer, Kings College and Team Keane. They stepped on in the final finishing in 4th place, just 3 seconds off Windsor Boys School who took the Bronze medal. Hampton School took the win in this event. This was the first side by side regatta for our year 9 rowers.
Year 9 Girls 8x+
Elizabeth Rietdyk, Yasmin Aspinall, Poppy M-I, Emily Stephens, Eilidh Duncan, Charlotte Dudley, Katherine Sayers, Ana Graham and cox Tia Panell Were also racing in their first ever side by side regatta. The girls raced well in their time trial putting them in the B final, an improvement on their performance at the Junior Sculling Head. They raced their final later in the day looking to overhaul our local rivals Marlow Rowing Club, unfortunately they finished just the wrong side of them and held their 12th place. Surbiton were the Gold Medal winners in this event.
Year 9 Boys 4x+
Our boys year 9 quad consisted of Olly Cox, James Irons, Mani Ipchi, Max Rhamain and cox Adam Ulhaq. Unfortunately this boat missed out on the B final by just 4 seconds. They put on a strong display in their earlier rounds of the regatta beating our local rivals RGS High Wycombe A and B boats.
Year 10 Boys 4x+A
Our Year 10 boys quad were looking to improve on their 4th place finish in the Junior Sculling Head during the winter. Ben Furley, Ben Jackson, Olly Gale, Joe Haslehurst and cox Olly Sage dead heated with favorites Tideway Scullers in the time trial, both crews recording 6:19.0. The final looked like it was going to be an absolute humdinger with Windsor Boys, and Walton also very close in the time trial. In the final Borlase shot off the start and took an early lead, which they held until 400 meters to go where Tideway Scullers crept through and took the gold medal just 1.4 seconds in front of Borlase. Windsor Boys took Bronze.
Year 10 Boys 4x+B
Ethan Lennard, Joel Scurlock, Gabe Dorosh, Deen Khawar and cox Olly Visintin were racing in the second quad event. They raced well in the time trial, sneaking in to the B final by 0.1 seconds, just in front in front of American School London. This guaranteed them the bronze medal as only 2 other B boats had made the A/B finals. They were keen to take the silver or Gold from Tideway Sculler B or RGS High Wycombe in their final. Unfortunately both these crews proved too strong for them and they took the Bronze finishing 12th overall.
Year 10 Girls 4x+
The Year 10s had two quads racing. Sasha Radford, Aimee Markwell, Simrit Dhariwal and late substitute Rhaya Dharwar with cox Bridget Smith, made up one boat. Olivia Winter, Mel Stewart, Taran Sandhar, Rebecca Lamping and cox Jackson Hatfield made up the other. Both crews raced hard through the time trial but were disappointed to not progress through to the finals, finishing in 27th and 29th respectively.
Year 10 Boys 2x
Our year 10 boys double consisted of Ed Norris and Billy Macleod. Having spent the last few weeks coxing, Ed Norris was keen to turn his attention to rowing in preparation for National Schools. They raced well but were overpowered by many of the crews, they finished in 18th position with Hinksey Sculling School taking the Gold.
Year 10 Girls 2x
Dani Taverner and Ellie Harkin took on the doubles event and after a fast first 500m in the time trial secured a place in the C final for the afternoon. In the final they started well but at 100m in the sheer power produced by the girls resulted in a blade breaking and they had to paddle the rest of the way. The year 10s now look ahead to racing the 8+ at Nat Schools.
Year 11 Boys 4x
The quad of Sam Nicklin, Oliver Lane, Ed O'Neill and Max Clark finished 4th at the Junior Sculling Head, just 1 second off the silver medalists Walton. They rowed a controlled time trial placing them in the A final alongside Walton, Windsor Boys, Leander, Henley and Bryanston School. Borlase took an early lead and held a lead of a length through the 1000m and 1500m mark. Walton stepped up the pace in the last 200 of the race and snuck their bows in front on the last stroke. Borlase finished in the silver medal position, just 0.3 seconds behind Walton.
Year 12 Boys 2x
Our year 12 double of Matt Covus and new Borlase rower Louis O'Connell were up against a tough field and did not manage to progress through the time trial. Tideway Scullers, Windsor Boys and Peterborough took the top 3 medals in this event.
Year 13 Boys 1x
Evan Fisher and Matt Jones were our representatives in this event. Matt Jones was looking to break his habit of falling in at big national regattas, he did this but unfortunately just missed out on the final. Evan qualified for the A final and was looking to step up from his great performance at GB trials last month. He took the race on in the first 500m, leading the Fawley Challenge cup winner from Windsor Boys through the first 2 markers. The scullers changed positions through the last 1000m and Evan finished 4th, just 2 seconds off the bronze medal. Maidenhead took gold with Windsor Boys and Henley taking silver and Bronze.
The Junior Sculling Head takes place on Dorney Lake, home of the London 2012 Olympic Regatta. With nearly 4000 competitors from all over the UK and Europe it is the largest National Junior Head Race in the rowing calendar. Borlase had the 2nd highest entry in the event with 14 crews. We finished 5th out of 36 in the Victor Ludorum, beating our local rivals Claires Court, Windsor Boys, Henley and Great Marlow.
Our J18 4x was made up of Evan Fisher, Norbert Bolier, Matt Jones and Louis O'Connell and finished 14th in a very tough field with our local rivals Maidenhead taking the win.
Our WJ18 4x consisted of Daisy Bethell, Eden Hudson,Katya Krajewski and Tash Tassja Krajewski and finished in 25th with the Girls from Henley Rowing Club taking the win.
Our WJ17 4x was made up of Ikmun Gill, Lottie Heuser, Sara Helin and Charlotte Falconer and finished in 11th with Henley taking another win in this category.
The J16 4x finished in 4th Position, just 1 second behind Henley and Walton who dead heated and 6 seconds behind Claires Court who were the overall winners. The quad was made up of Sam Nicklin, Ed O'Neill, Olly Lane and Max Clark.
Our WJ15 8x consisted of Emily Farmer, Olivia Winter, Simrit Dhariwal, Amy Markwell, Ellie Harkin, Danni Taverner, Rebecca Lamping, Sasha Radford and cox Bridget Smith. The Crew continued their fine form from the Schools Head and finished in 5th place with Latymer taking the win, adding to their win the day before at the Schools Head.
This crew was made up from Bridget Smith, Izzy Alexandrou Tarin Sandher, Mel Stewart and coxed by Maya Jackson and were racing in our new boat that was purchased with money raised from our December Rowathon. They finished in 54th position with Henley taking another win.
This crew had high hopes of finishing in the medals after several wins throughout the season. However the crew of Ben Jackson, Ben Furley, Olly Gale and cox Olly Sage were slightly off their form finishing in 4th position. Tideway Scullers took the win in this event.
With a last minute illness, J14 rower Lucas Roberts jumped in to the crew along with Ed Norris, Olly Visintin, Ethan Lennard, Billy Macleod, Joel Scurlock, Gabe Dorosh, Deen Khwar and cox Alexia Martin. The raced hard and finished in 6th place with Walton taking the win.
This boat consisted of Eilidh Duncan, Molly Edmonson, Sophie Le Duc, Yasmin Aspinall, Anna Tennant, Poppy Morgan, Lily Meyer, Evie Petersen and cox Haleema Tanveer. Unfortunately a crab in the fist 200 meters of the race caused a snapped blade and the crew were unable to finish.
The crew of Anna Graham-Usabiaga, Elizabeth Rietdyk, Emily Stephens, Katherine Sayers, Poppy McLean-Inglis, Giulia Sarno, Poppy Murray, Charlottwe Dudley and cox Tia Pannell were hoping to continue their fine form at Bedford Head. They raced well and finished in 20th position with LEH taking the top spot.
Raife Foulkes, John Kennedy, Lucas Roberts, Toby Tremmeling, Elliot Kent, Keanu Tamtekin, Max Byng Maddick, Charles Betz, Josh Kaushal and cox Jackson Hatfield were racing in the final division of the day and looking to end the racing on a high. They raced well and are clearly one of the crews to watch out for in the future. They finished 6th, for many of the rowers this was their first ever race. The winning crew from Norwich will take some catching at National Schools.
Dom Young, Raife Foulkes, James Irons, Max Rhamain, Olly Cox, Mani Ipchi, Julian Coyne, Ben Thatcher and cox Cameron Clarke also competed in the J148x event as the B boat. They raced well finishing in 47th place.
On Monday 12th of March Borlase Rowing competed at the Schools Head of the River on the Championship Course in London. With our seniors recovering from the Heineken Cup only our year 10 rowers were competing. We had a J15 Boys First 8 and a J15 Championship Girls 8 competing.
Our J15 Girls 8 consisted of Emily Farmer, Olivia Winter, Simrit Dhariwal, Amy Markwell, Ellie Harkin, Danni Taverner, Mel Stewart, Sasha Radford and coxed by Bridget Smith. This was their first experience on the tideway course. They raced well finishing in 10th position with the winners from Latymer School breaking the course record in this event.
Our J15 Boys 8 consisted of Ethan Lennard, Deen Khwar, Gabe Dorosh, Joel Scurlock, Ben Jackson, Olly Gale, Ben Furley, Joe Haslehurst and Olly Sage coxing finished in 3rd place, 9 seconds off the winners from St Georges College.
This year Borlase Rowing travelled to Amsterdam to compete at the Heineken Roeivierkamp. Crews from all over the world travel to compete at this event and the city becomes alive with rowers for the weekend. The race is hosted by Nereus, the most successful boat club in Holland and all of the four races finish directly outside their boat house in the city centre with thousands of supporters cheering and taking advantage of the sponsors discounted refreshments.
Our crews travelled out on Thursday afternoon after lessons and arrived late in the evening. We trained on the river on Friday to familiarise ourselves with the very twisty river Amstel and figure out the fastest racing line. Nereus hosted all the squads who were racing for dinner on Friday night and gave us a chance to look around their historic boat club and mingle with some of the senior international rowers who were competing. We returned to our 130 year old Dutch sailing barge on the canal where we were slowly rocked to sleep and ready for racing in the morning.
The format of racing was different to anywhere we have competed before. The race was split in to 4 events, a 5k and 2k head race and a 750 and 250 side by side race. Medals were given out for each event winner and an overall trophy was given to the crew who gained the most points from the four races.
Borlase had 5 crews racing.
A Borlase/Club D'Aviron Vevey composite of - Sarah McErlean, Elise Pickavance, Eden Hudson, Daisy Bethell - Cox Minna Hughes.
J17 Girls Boat of - Ikmun Gill, Lottie Heuser, Sara Helin, Tash Krajewski - Cox Zara Harris.
J16 Girls Boat of - Charlotte Emmerson, Charlotte Falconer, Bryony Chinn, Kat Krajewski - Cox Samuel Martin.
J18 Boys Boat of - Evan Fisher, Matt Jones, Max Clark, Matt Covus - Cox James Breedon.
J16 Boys Boat of - Sam Nicklin, Olly Lane, Norbert Bolier, Ed O'Neill - Cox Ethan Cole.
The weekend was a fantastic experience for all of the crews. It really brought the whole squad together. We often have to train separately when at home because of lack of space/equipment and rarely get to go away as a whole squad. This trip really brought everyone together and we are all excited to return again soon!
Here are the results from each event
Bedford Head was our first scheduled race for our year 9 squads. Since first hitting the water in September they have made some huge improvements and we were really excited to see how they shaped up alongside other schools. A lot of their opposition already had several seasons of training and racing under their belts, despite this and a large number of absentees the Girls J14 8x of Evie Petersen, Elizabeth Rietdyk, Anna Tennant, Guilia Sarno, Masie Cochrane, Katherine Sayers, Charlotte Dudley and Lily Meyer coxed by Haleema Tanveer managed to finish in second place overall. Our Boys J14 8x of Raife Foulkes, Jon Kenedy, Josh Kaushal, Charles Betz, Olly Cox, Julian Coyne, Cameron Clarke and Keanu Tamtekin coxed by Jackson Hatfield were third finish in just behind Bedford School.
Borlase rowing traveled north this weekend to Boston, Lincolnshire to compete at the annual Great Britain selection trial. This Trial was the 2nd assessment of the year and competitors are invited to race based on their ergo performances and results at previous trials. Borlase had 8 rowers and a cox invited.
Rowers competing were Bella O'Hara, Daisy Bethell, Eden Hudson, Ed O'Neill, Sam Nicklin, Olly Lane and Norbert Bolier. Minnah Hughes is our cox who will be looking for a place in the British Team this summer.
On Saturday 3rd of February Borlase raced over the 2.5km course at Hampton Head. While Hampton is not a National event, lots of our main opposition and fastest crews in the countrywere competing.
Our J164x of Ed, Sam, Olly and Max were 2nd in their event, just 2 seconds behind the winners from Tideway Scullers School.
The J18 Girls 8+finished 8th in their very competitive category with Henley Rowing Club taking the win.
We had 2 J15 Boys quads competing against 45 other crews. They finished 5th and 18th with the quad of Ben Furley, Joe Haslehurst, Olly Gale and Gabe Dorosh the fastest.
Competing in the Girls J15 8 we had Sasha Radford, Mel Stewart, Danni Taverner, Ellie Harkin, Aimee Markwell, Olivia Winter, Emily Farmer and Bridget Smith. They finished in 14th with Surbiton High School taking the victory.
The J15 girls quad, with a J14 Charlotte Dudley competing in her first ever race on board, produced a good performance, but were not quite quck enough to beat the winners from Henley Rowing Club.
The J18 Boys 4x finished in 23rd with our local rivals Maidenhead and Windsor taking the top 2 spots.
J15 Girls 8+
Junior Girls 8+
J15 Boys 4x+
J15 Boys 4x+
J16 Boys 4x
ON SATURDAY 9TH OF DECEMBER, BORLASE ROWING COMPETED AT THE BRITISH INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINST 2000 COMPETITORS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.
WE HAD SEVERAL EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES INCLUDING;
6TH PLACE FOR GIULIA SARNO IN YEAR 9 GIRLS
4TH PLACE FOR MEL STEWART IN YEAR 10 GIRLS
4TH PLACE FOR NORBERT BOLIER IN YEAR 11 BOYS
BRONZE FOR BEN FURLEY IN YEAR 10 BOYS
HOWEVER, THE STAND OUT PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY WAS FROM BEN JACKSON WHO WAS THE OVERALL WINNER IN THE YEAR 10 BOYS EVENT.
On Sunday 26th November team Borlase competed at Wallingford Head of the River. We had several girls and boys crews racing in 8's and 4+s. Our Girls 4+ of Erin Priest, Tarin Sandher, Daniella Taverna, Aimee Markwell were very competitive in their eventfinishing a close 5th. However our best result of the day was a win for the J15 Boys 4+ of Gabe Dorosh, Ben Jackson, Ben Furley, Olly Gale and Olly Sage (Cox) Who were winners of their event.