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!