Team WinTech were once again winners at Henley Royal Regatta in an incredibly special year for both the Regatta (who enjoyed a huge record entry both domestically and internationally) and for the Windsor Boys School, one of our key customers and 2022 victors in the Fawley Challenge Cup.
Race 2 on the Sunday of Henley Royal Regatta was particularly distinct for everyone associated with the Windsor Boys School. Not only were the ‘A’ crew – who are undefeated in junior competition this season – winners by a comfortable margin but the opposition were their ‘B’ crew, who also raced in a WinTech. Such an achievement has not been seen in the Fawley Challenge Cup for many years, but this squad is one of the most talented in recent history.
These crews were both comprised of rowers from a squad that won every single Junior 18 sculling event on offer at the National Schools’ Regatta five weeks ago. Their ‘A’ crew featured Marcus Chute in the ‘3’ seat, who is a European junior champion in the single scull. The Windsor Boys’ School is an all-boys upper school and sixth form. The boat club is based in a boathouse situated on the Thames in Windsor, originally built by the Imperial Service College. Before yesterday, the club’s quad teams have won the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta seven times in recent history, with the last two wins in 2017 and 2018. They were beaten finalists in 2021.
Under the tutelage of Director of Rowing Mark Wilkinson – himself a former Windsorian schoolboy – the program has become one of the most revered junior sculling set-ups in the country. Yesterday was a celebration of success for all concerned with the boat club, as eight of the school’s athletes raced against each other at the very highest level. In the end, the result was a relative formality but the scenes on the finish line – where both crews were cheering each other and clapping in unison – was amazing to witness and a true testament to an astonishing season.
Elsewhere, Team WinTech had several other boats progress through to the quarter-final stage of racing. The Dolphin Boat Club from the USA were convincing winners on Thursday in the Fawley Challenge Cup but lost out to the Windsor Boys ‘B’ on the Friday.
Aitchison and Cracknell of Itchen Imperial RC in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup also progressed to Friday. Trentham Boat Club made it through to the quarter-final of the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup for junior women’s quad – a fantastic achievement for the club.
Our other representative was Brown and Hodgson of Tideway Scullers School in the Goblets, who also lost after winning their Thursday race.
We were also proud to have representation in the heats with crews racing both in WinTech Racing Boats as well as our sister brand King Racing.
Congratulations to all athletes and coaches. Our team from UK & North America were on-site throughout the week and massively enjoyed meeting so many athletes from across the rowing community. We look forward to reconnecting through the summer and continuing to support various initiatives into the new season and beyond.
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