On a blistering hot weekend at Holme Pierrepont, the junior season came to an unofficial end with the staging of the British Rowing Junior Championships. Team WinTech had one of our most successful events ever, collecting 15 wins alongside 12 silvers and 12 bronzes. Our victory count was by far and away the highest of any boat-builder and reiterated our status as the UK’s leading provider of high-quality racing fleet.
Our first win came courtesy of the Windsor Boys School in the J15 Boys Single (in a race where a WinTech athlete from Newark claimed the silver).
Mark Wilkinson’s program won six events across the weekend and five of those golds were in WinTech boats. Other wins included Junior 14 and 15 Boys Coxed Quads, Junior 18 Boys Doubles, Junior 16 Boys Quads and Junior 18 Boys Quads. This rounded off a sensational season for the Windsor Boys School, who won every single Championship Sculling event at the National Schools’ Regatta (all in WinTechs) before claiming both spots in the Fawley Challenge Cup final (again, in two WinTechs).
We claimed four golds in total on the Friday – two for the aforementioned Windsor Boys and one each for Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club and Marlow Rowing Club. Shanklin were winners of the Junior 14 Boys Doubles (in a final which also included a bronze medal-winning Windsor Boys crew) whilst Marlow claimed gold in the Junior 15 Girl’s Coxed Quads (completing the sweep in this category for WinTech).
Our Sunday got off to the best possible start as Shanklin Sandown Rowing Club claimed their second win of the weekend in the Junior 16 Girl’s Single in the first ‘A’ final of the day. We also picked up the silver medal in this category via Henley Rowing Club.
Race 311 saw Nottingham County Rowing Association – under the impressive stewardship of Declan Gamble – triumph in the Junior 18 Boy’s Single. Read more about that program via our club spotlight series.
After a 45-minute pause, the gold rush restarted in earnest. From Race 318 until the end of the day, WinTech were responsible for nine of the remaining 14 gold medals on offer. Winners included Marlow Rowing Club in the Junior 16 Girl’s Double, Newark Rowing Club in the Junior 16 Men’s Double, Claires Court in the Junior 18 Girl’s Double (freshly minted from their historic win in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup), NCRA in the Junior 18 Girl’s Pair, Great Marlow School Boat Club in the Junior 18 Boy’s Pair and Hereford Rowing Club in the Junior 18 Boy’s Coxless Four.
Our spread of clubs was another hugely rewarding theme throughout the weekend; a full breakdown of all medals won in WinTech Racing boats can be seen below:
|O J15 1x||The Windsor Boys’ School||Gold|
|O J14 2x||Shanklin Sandown RC||Gold|
|W J15 4x+||Marlow RC||Gold|
|O J15 4x+||The Windsor Boys’ School||Gold|
|WJ16 1x||Shanklin Sandown RC||Gold|
|OJ18 1x||Notts County RA||Gold|
|WJ16 2x||Marlow RC||Gold|
|OJ16 2x||Newark RC||Gold|
|WJ18 2x||Claires Court School||Gold|
|OJ18 2x||The Windsor Boys’ School||Gold|
|WJ18 2-||Notts County RA||Gold|
|OJ18 2-||Great Marlow School||Gold|
|OJ16 4x||The Windsor Boys’ School||Gold|
|OJ18 4x-||The Windsor Boys’ School||Gold|
|OJ18 4-||Hereford RC||Gold|
|W J14 1x||Wallingford RC||Silver|
|O J14 1x||Wycliffe Junior RC||Silver|
|O J15 1x||Newark RC||Silver|
|O J15 2x||Tideway Scullers School||Silver|
|O J14 4x+||Guildford RC||Silver|
|WJ16 1x||Henley RC||Silver|
|OJ16 2-||Tideway Scullers School||Silver|
|WJ16 2x||Sir William Perkins School||Silver|
|OJ18 2x||Nottingham & Union RC||Silver|
|OJ16 4+||Claires Court School||Silver|
|WJ18 2-||Newark RC||Silver|
|W J14 2x||Gloucester RC||Bronze|
|O J14 2x||The Windsor Boys’ School||Bronze|
|W J15 2x||Wallingford RC||Bronze|
|O J14 4x+||Hinksey Sculling School||Bronze|
|WJ16 2-||Calpe RC||Bronze|
|OJ16 2-||Notts County RA||Bronze|
|OJ16 2x||The Windsor Boys’ School||Bronze|
|WJ16 4+||Sir William Perkins School||Bronze|
|OJ16 4+||Great Marlow School||Bronze|
|WJ18 2-||Hinksey Sculling School||Bronze|
|OJ18 2-||Llandaff RC||Bronze|
|OJ16 4x||Lea RC||Bronze|
Team WinTech have enjoyed an incredible season of racing, which has felt especially significant after nearly two years away from the conventional schedule. A 39-medal haul from the British Rowing Junior Championships felt like a suitably satisfying way to end the year, in an event that gave us ample opportunity to meet with so many clubs and schools and discuss their season and how we can set them up for even brighter success in 2023.
Enjoy your summers and we will see you next year!
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