The National Schools’ Regatta returned to Dorney Lake in its full format for the first time since 2019 this weekend. With athletes unable to double up between days, this allowed a wide range of competitors to enjoy the spoils of silverware right across Championship, Junior 16, 15 and 14 events. Athletes and crews racing in WinTech Racing & King Racing boats had a hugely successful three days, collecting ten gold, nine silver and ten bronze medals in total.
Friday began with a flurry of wins in both J14 Octuple categories (boys and girls) – Windsor Boys School and Headington School, long time partners of WinTech, took the respective victories.
The former race also saw Mossbourne Academy take silver 3.5 seconds back on Windsor Boys. This was followed by another gold for Windsor Boys (the second of many through the weekend) in the Creber Cup for Boys Junior 15 Coxed Quads.
The fourth gold of the day in WinTech Racing boats came in the Boys Junior 14 Coxed Quads as Guildford Rowing Club took home the Canterbury Cup, finishing 1.5 seconds clear of second-placed Molesey Boat Club. Another silver medal was delivered by Marlow Rowing Club in the Girls Junior 15 Coxed Quads. Finally bronze medal-finishes were achieved in Boys Junior 15 Coxed Fours by Yarm School, Girls Junior 15 Coxed Fours by St Edwards and Boys Junior 14 Coxed Quads by Hinksey Sculling School.
Saturday, the longest day of racing, brought with it a further six medals for Team WinTech; the Windsor Boys School maintained their impressive magnetism to silverware by bringing home golds in both the Championship and Second Quad categories. This puts Mark Wilkinson’s boys in pole position to mount an assault on the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in just over four weeks’ time.
Silver medals were achieved by Marlow Rowing Club in the Girls Second Quads and from Hinksey Sculling School, who also had a fantastic regatta, in the Boys Junior 16 Coxed Fours. A further two bronzes were achieved in the Boys Championship Coxed Fours by Canford School in a King 4+ and The Windsor Boys’ School in the Junior 15 Eights.
Sunday was our most successful day as athletes and crews racing in WinTech shells returned a whopping 14 medals from a total of 14 categories. The gold rush began with the Boys Junior 16 Double from Marlow, who dominated their semi-final and final to establish themselves as runaway leaders and take home the aptly named Marlow Bowl. A bronze in this event in WinTech boats was also secured through a spirited performance from Newark Rowing Club.
The Championship Double categories saw crew racing in WinTech’s take both gold medals on offer, as Tideway Scullers produced an astonishing final sprint to claim the gold ahead of Sir William Perkins in the girl’s event.
On the boy’s side, the result was in no doubt as Windsor Boys simply sculled away from the field in our new FLX hulls to win by over 12 seconds – a course record!
Our partnership with the Windsor Boys School means a great deal to us and it was fitting that our final gold of the weekend came from the brilliance of Marcus Chute; the European champion did not panic when under early pressure from his opposition and simply turned on the afterburners in the second half to win by nearly seven seconds over James Graham of Leander Club.
Five silver medals were achieved in WinTech boats; Meg Knight from Trentham Boat Club in Girls Championship Sculls; Hereford Rowing Club in Boys Championship Coxless Fours; Great Marlow School in Boys Championship Pairs; Nottingham and Union Boat Club in Girls Championship Pairs and finally Sir William Perkins in Girls Junior 16 Seconds Quads. Four additional bronze medals came from Byron Richards racing for Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association in the Boys Championship Sculls, Newark Rowing Club in the Girls Championship Pairs, Monmouth Comprehensive in the Girls Junior 16 Second Quads and Windsor Boys School in the Boys Junior 16 Quads.
Our UK dealer Oarsport were delighted to be on-site all weekend, supporting athletes and coaches racing in WinTech & King Racing boats as well as meeting clubs from across the country. We were so happy to see so many juniors competing successfully in our boats and can’t wait for next year!
|Championship 4x||The Windsor Boys School||Gold|
|Championship 2x||The Windsor Boys School||Gold|
|Championship Girls 2x||Tideway Scullers School||Gold|
|Championship 1x||The Windsor Boys School||Gold|
|2nd 4x||The Windsor Boys School||Gold|
|J16 2x||Marlow Rowing Club||Gold|
|J15 4x+||The Windsor Boys School||Gold|
|J14 1st 8x+||The Windsor Boys School||Gold|
|J14 1st Girls 8x+||Headington School||Gold|
|J14 4x+||Guildford Rowing Club||Gold|
|Championship 4-||Hereford Rowing Club||Silver|
|Championship 2-||Great Marlow School||Silver|
|Championship Girls 2-||Nottingham & Union||Silver|
|Championship Girls 1x||Trentham Boat Club||Silver|
|2nd 4x||Marlow Rowing Club||Silver|
|J16 2nd 4x Girls||Sir William Perkins||Silver|
|J16 4+||Hinksey Sculling School||Silver|
|J15 4x+||Marlow Rowing Club||Silver|
|J14 1st 8x+||Mossbourne Academy||Silver|
|Ch 4+||Canford School||Bronze|
|Ch Girls 2-||Newark Rowing Club||Bronze|
|Ch 1x||Notts County RA||Bronze|
|J16 2nd Girls 4x||Monmouth Comprehensive School||Bronze|
|J16 2x||Newark Rowing Club||Bronze|
|J15 8+||The Windsor Boys’ School||Bronze|
|J16 4x||The Windsor Boys’ School||Bronze|
|J15 4+||Yarm School||Bronze|
|J15 Girls 4+||St Edwards School||Bronze|
|J14 4x+||Hinksey Sculling School||Bronze|
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