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18 November 2018

A great day of rowing at York Small Boats HeadBoat Club News - Nov 18Ice on the steps greeted this years rowers as they gathered for the York Small Boats Head. However the conditions soon warmed up and so did the racing. The Senior boys were out in force and keen to show the results of their recent training. There were excellent performances from both the sculling and sweep boats. The St Peter’s J18 4x- Band 1 lead the charge by winning their category and placed 3rd overall. The Open 4+ Band 2 and Open 4+ Band 3 also showed good progress by winning their categories with solid rows. The strongest performance came from the Open 4x- who whilst they did not take a category win sculled with maturity and recorded the 2nd fastest time of the day ahead of the 330+ entries.

The J16 Boys also continued to make good progress in their quads and the J16 1x came very close to securing a win with a strong 2nd place. Similarly the WJ15 2x put in their best race to date and eventually claimed 3rd spot in a tough field. The boys J15 4x+ showed that they are beginning to make progress by taking the win in Band 2 and rounded off a good days racing for all our crews.

14 October 2018

Season begins at AncholmeSeason starts at AncholmeThis years Ancholme Head proved to be a tougher test than normal.  Persistent torrential rain made the simple task of staying warm a challenge.  Undaunted by the exceptional conditions 33 pupils took to the water for the Boat Clubs first race of the year.  There were good performances from both the Senior and Junior Squads who raced hard through the rain.  Thomas Jacques and Giacamo Grelli won the J16 double sculls and Hannah Gowland, Rachael Green, Sophie Broughton and Holly Turnbull coxed by Natasha Johnston claimed the WJ15 coxed quads title.  Sadly we had to cut the racing short due to the conditions but it was great to be racing again.

30 June 2018

Season closes with wins at BradfordBradford Sprint Regatta - Hope - 2018The final Regatta of the season saw the Boat Club return to the Bradford Sprint Regatta for the first time in a number of years. The 600m sprint format allowed many of the Junior crews to enter the smaller boat categories for the first time. Once again the sun shone and allowed all the crews to show off the skills they have acquired over the 3 terms. Tough racing was rewarded with six wins at both Junior and Senior level.

24 June 2018

Seven wins on home watersRowing 2018The Boat Club returned to home waters and was back to full strength with all available year groups competing. Competition was stiff but as ever each crew in rose to the occasion and showed how much progression has been made this year. Many crews reached the Semi Finals and Finals putting then in a strong position for a medal. Racing finished at the end of a long and sunny day with St Peters claiming 7 wins in Doubles, Quads and Coxed Fours.

27 May 2018

Excellent performances at National Schools RegattaEton Dorney 2018Dorney Lake at Eton once again proved to be a fantastic backdrop for the National Schools Regatta.  Three days of top quality intense racing was guaranteed and this year the weather also played its part with near perfect conditions on the Friday and Sunday. Crews from the Fourth Form competed on the Friday with the Girls Quad putting in their best performance of the year. This inspired the Boys for their time trial run who were agonisingly only 2.5 seconds from qualifying for the Semi Finals.

Saturday saw the arrival of the Senior Boys and Girls as well as a cross wind that made the organisers redraw the lane seeding. The Senior Boys Coxed Four racing in the School Coxed Fours brought their recent good form with them which enabled them to win the C final.  The Senior Girls Double once again saved their best performance for the Regatta but against a very strong field in the Championship Doubles they did not make the Semi Final stage.

The final day of the Regatta saw the wind leave and the sun return along with the Fifth Form Boys Quad competing for the Kingston Cup and the Senior Boys Double competing for the Fox Tankard. Both crews relished the conditions and competition and secured places in the C finals.  The Fifth Form Boys were up first and after a close first 1000m tucked in close behind a Leander quad to secure an excellent 2nd place. The Senior Boys Double were nip & tuck all the way down the course but were just overhauled by a strong finish form a Walton crew that saw them finish 3rd. It was a classic race to end an excellent Regatta for St Peter’s. 

19 May 2018

Crews take to the TeesTees regatta 2018The Tees Regatta is a great event for St Peter’s Crews to race on a multi lane course before the National Schools’ Regatta later in the month. All our crews took full advantage to get in race practice. The J14 Girls and Boys put in good performances in the Octuples and the J15s worked hard in the Quads. The Seniors however turned on the style and produced some excellent performances in both sculling and sweep boats winning several events comfortably.

5 May 2018

Home wins at Spring RegattaYork Spring Regatta winners 2018The York Spring Regatta sees the start of our side by side racing season, held on home water over a 1000m stretch from the Boathouse down to York City in the town centre. St Peter's had entries in both Junior and Open categories in order to experience as much racing as possible. Strong performances throughout the day were rewarded with wins for both the Girls and boys Squads in Doubles, Quads and Fours.

6 April 2018

Rowers develop their skills at Easter Training CampEaster Rowing Camp 2018This year's annual training camp was held at the newly opened Cambridge University BC Boathouse at Ely. The dedicated group of rowers and coaches that travelled to the Fens were rewarded with a warm welcome, fabulous facilities and great water to paddle on.  As usual on a training camp the days were long with multiple outings in various boat configurations. 

Distance work was supported with technical sessions in order to maximise improvements throughout our stay. The technical work continued with a visit to the newly opened Cambridge Rowing Tank housed at Downing College Cambridge before a social break to explore the delights of Cambridge. The following day we were delighted to be joined at Ely by Dan Janes head coach to the Mens and Womens Lightweight Squads. Dan lead a session that our 8 will not forget in a hurry.

13 March 2018

Juniors put in promising performance on Dorney Lake
The Junior Sculling Head at Dorney Lake, Eton is rapidly becoming a must-do date on the rowing calendar. St Peter’s crews competed in the WJ14, J14, WJ15 and J15 events over the combined 3600m course.

The Girls raced a WJ14 Coxed Quad and a combined WJ14 & WJ15 Octuple. This was the Quad's first ever race and they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The Octuple put in a good performance with the older Girls really leading the younger ones and acting as excellent role models.

The Boys raced a J14 Octuple and J15 Coxed Quad. Again the Octuple proved to be a great experience for the young inexperienced boys but smiles all around told the story of a great day. The J15 quad used their greater experience and put in a strong performance to show that they have really developed this year. 

Strong showing from Fifth Form rowers
RowingThe Fifth Form coxless quad carried the St Peter’s hopes for the annual School’s Head of the River Race. The Quad was drawn first in their category and lead the rest of the J16 Quads down the famous course from Mortlake to Putney. Even though none of the crew had raced the course before they produced a strong start that gave them an excellent platform to build on throughout the rest of the race. For such an inexperienced crew they maintained their composure and finished an impressive 8th overall in their category.

 

7 December 2017

Victories claimed at Newark Head
The second race of the half term saw the Boat Club travel to Newark for The Newark Rowing Club Head. Crews from the Fourth Form upwards competed over the challenging 3.9km course of twists and bends.  River conditions were good, and with a slight stream and a mild tail wind great times were ensured all round. All the crews showed great determination and fought hard against their opposition.  The Senior Boys and Fifth Form Boys enjoyed a race within a race as they chased each other down the course finishing an excellent second and third fastest crews of the day.

There was a great first win of the season for the Seniors Girls double who put in a dominating performance against strong opposition from local clubs, and after such close racing it was great to see the Fifth Form Boys quad win in the J16 category.

3 December 2017

Third Form racing careers get off to fine start

The White Rose Head is an event usually reserved for University Student crews. However, after a brief negotiation, St Peter’s Third Form boys were allowed to enter in their Octuple. Not only was the 3K course the boys' first race, it would also be against the stream.  Even though they were racing bigger and stronger crews, the boys were not overawed. They rowed well together and were rewarded by beating one of the student crews - an excellent start to their racing careers. 

20 November 2017

St Peter's Quad fourth out of over 300 at York Small Boats Head

Racing on home water, the Boat Club enjoyed the near perfect conditions at this year’s York Small Boats Head.  There were strong performances across the squads in each year group which reflected the recent hard work in training.  The Fourth and Fifth Form squads continued to make good progress by beating several other crews in their categories. The Senior Girls double scull put all their recent training to great use and earnt a 2nd place in the WJ17 event. The Senior Boys Quad also took advantage of a good period of training not only winning the J17 Coxless Quad event but also securing a 4thplace overall out of 303 crews that competed.

8 October 2017

Wins for the Boat Club at Ancholme

On a beautiful autumn day The Boat Club took a large group of rowers to the river Ancholme for the annual Ancholme Rowing Club Head Race. Over 30 pupils competed twice over the 2750m course racing in singles, doubles and quads. The rowers were reward for all their hard work in training recently with good performances.  A combined  Boys and Girls Fourth Form quad worked well together and duly won the J15 coxed quad event. The Senior Girls double of Sophie Haslam and Valentina Cross also proved too good for their opposition as they took the victory in the WJ18 2x.

18 September 2017

Rowers lay down a marker for the rest of the season

The Boat Club returned to the water after the summer break for the first race of the season at the York Autumn Sculls. The river conditions were good and a slight tail wind ensured good times all round. St Peters’ crews from the Fourth Form upwards competed over the 4.5km course and after such a long break were made to work hard all the way. All the crews laid down a good marker for the rest of the season with the surprise package of Sam Gowland and Alex Phillips registering an early win in the J18 Boys Double Sculls.  All the squads now turn their attention to the next race at Ancholme in 3 weeks time.

24 June 2017

Juniors earn medals at Peterborough Championships
Third Form boys rowing at Peterborough June 2017

13 Third and Fourth Form crews boarded the coach shortly after 6am on Saturday morning to travel down to the Peterborough Junior Championships. This event is a friendly, junior-focused regatta in which crews progress through rounds to finals. Races continued throughout the day with St Peter's crews narrowly missing out on finals. As the regatta was nearing its end, four of our crews were representing the school in their finals.

Third Form Bronze medallists - Peterborough Regatta 2017
The J14 quad were awarded a bronze in their category, an encouraging result from a crew in their first year of St Peter's rowing.

Hanno Brach and Joe Johnson raced in J15 'A' doubles, winning a fantastic gold medal, followed soon after by Hanno racing again in his single, losing out on a second gold by the smallest of margins.

Guy Jenkins and Adam Dalton raced in J15 'B' doubles (denoting that they have not yet won a race under the new British Rowing points system). They raced hard in their final, placing third and being awarded a bronze medal.

All of crews gave a good account of themselves both on and off the water. Congratulations to those who won medals.

16 - 18 June 2017

Henley Women's Regatta
The Girls First Quad travelled down to Henley-on-Thames to compete at the Henley Women’s Regatta. Qualification took place early on Saturday morning, with over 50 crews competing for 16 places in Junior Women’s Quad Sculls.

The crew, comprising Maddie Day and Sophie Haslam (Lower Sixth Form), Alex Johnston and Eve Gilbert (Fifth Form) rowed a very tidy race, giving a good account of themselves but ultimately falling short in qualifying for an event that included a selection of top domestic and international crews.

26 - 28 May 2017

Impressive performances at National Schools Regatta
Rowers at National Schools Regatta May 2017
The National Schools’ Regatta is one of the highlights of the School rowing year and is spread over 3 days. Eton Dorney hosted this year’s Regatta for the second time and provided a fantastic backdrop to rowing of the highest standard. St Peter’s crews were in action on all 3 days.

The Third and Fourth Form were the first to take to the water on the Friday in the time trials. The glorious blue skies could not disguise the strong head wind that was blowing over the 1000m course. St Peter’s crews battled hard and performed to the best of their abilities, but with such a high standard across the board qualification was tough. Despite not making it through to the final stages, all the crews gained valuable experience that they will hopefully draw on in the future.

Rowers at National Schools Regatta May 2017
The second day saw the same glorious blue skies but the wind had shifted to a cross headwind that favoured the far side of the course.  With the time trials now extended to 1750m for the Seniors progression was going to be difficult. Senior sculler Jack, however, proved that his single sculling has advanced enormously this year and came in 13th position, earning him a place in the semi finals. After a strong start in lane 2, the unfavourable conditions on the near side of the course began to take their toll and Jack unfortunately could not hold on to a top 3 place.    

The third and final day brought greyer skies, but more importantly the wind had dropped and the racing conditions were near perfect. The format was the same as day 2, with time trials over 1750m followed by semis and finals as  appropriate. Both the Senior Girls and Senior Boys made it through their time trials.

The Senior Boys in two coxless quads made the B final in the A category and the A final in the B category. The A crew of Kieran, Grayson, Elliot and Sam finished sixth in their semi whilst the B crew of Tom, Will, James and Harrison finished fifth in their final. 

Hanno teamed up with Jack who had recovered from his exploits in the single scull the day before to race in the Championship Double Sculls. Once again this crew saved the best for race day and secured a place in the semi finals. Having only a limited period of time together, this was a tremendous result which placed them in the top 14 Doubles in the country. Only nine seconds separated all the crews in the semi with Hanno and Jack just being on the wrong side of the cut. It was, however, still a great performance from this crew.

Rowers at National Schools Regatta May 2017
The Senior Girls quad of Maddie, Alex, Eve and Sophie were unfortunately at a disadvantage before the first stroke was taken as they were having to compete against Girls in older years. This was a severe test which they all stepped up to. Giving away such an advantage at a national level is hard but they stuck to their task and were rewarded with a well deserved place in the C final. Not content with just making the C final, the crew stepped on again and by beating 2 senior crews, finished in an excellent fifth position.

20 May 2017

Tees Regatta pits rowers against tough opposition
Third and Fouth Form Rowers May 2017

Tees Regatta has proved to be a popular event with our Junior rowers. It is an ideal way to experience 4 lane side-by-side racing for the first time. This year we took the Third and Fourth Form Boys and Girls to race in Singles, Doubles and Quads.

For the Third Form. this was their first experience at the Regatta but they were not overawed. Both the Girls and Boys dealt well with everything that Regatta racing throws at you but eventually their inexperience showed and sadly we could not secure a win.

The Fourth Form, however, were back for the second time and were determined to make amends for last year. The Boys quads raced well but met stern opposition as they had been drawn against Student Rowers from Lancaster University. The Double Sculls however were matched with their own year group and took full advantage by taking 1st and 3rd place in the final.

Equally determined were the Fourth Form Girls who were similarly mismatched in their first event, but dug deep and took a fantastic win in the Women’s Novice Coxed Quads by a length.

23 April 2017

Captain impresses at GB Junior Trials
The National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham was the venue for the GB Rowing Team Junior Trials. Athletes were invited to compete in either singles or pairs based on performance data supplied previously. Our Senior sculler, Jack, represented St Peter’s after moving up into the top 20 Scullers at the last set of Trials held at Boston, Lincolnshire in February. Jack’s training had gone well and his rowing data was showing consistent improvements. 

The Trial itself consisted of a time trial in the morning followed by semis and finals in the afternoon. Jack’s time trial was a good solid performance that built on his recent experiences in Ghent over the Easter Holidays. However, the completion was fierce and despite his own personal improvements, he was unable to secure a place in the A finals. Undeterred by this, Jack went back out on to the water and sculled a great race coming a close 2nd in his own Final.  

5 - 10 April 2017

Senior rowers travel to Ghent
Ghent International Regatta 2017
This year 14 Seniors made the trip across the North Sea to Belgium in order to train and compete in the Ghent International Regatta. For the second year in a row the weather was fabulous, which allowed the St Peter’s Crews to gain the most from their experience. Training on the Thursday and Friday consolidated the crews into their racing combinations before the heat of the competition.

Ghent International Regatta 2017
Senior sculler Jack raced in both the J18 and U23 Single Sculls and produced some of his fastest times of the year to date. His pace off the start pontoons was particularly impressive and gave him an advantage that many of his competitors could not close down.

Nine of the J16 Boys squad travelled to Ghent and raced in various combinations of Doubles and Quads in both J16 and J18 categories.  There were strong performances across the board with one memorable race on the Sunday afternoon where two of the Quads battled all the way down the course with the outcome only decided in the last 10 strokes of the 2km race.

Ghent International Regatta 2017
Not to be outdone, the Senior Girls also raced various combinations of Doubles and Quads in the WJ16 and WJ18 categories. It did not matter which combination went out to race as the Senior Girls crews raced hard and showed tremendous determination against the international field.

24 March 2017

Strong showing on Olympic Lake
Boat club at Eton Dorney

The Junior Sculling Head at Eton Dorney has been growing in size and reputation and it was with great excitement that the Boat Club Juniors took to the famous Olympic Lake. Raced over 2 x 1800m legs, the Head is a great way for Juniors to get good racing experience. Luckily the weather that the Seniors had experienced the day before on the tideway had eased and the sun was shining. 

Boat club at Eton Dorney
The moderate wind was pretty much straight down the course which meant a tail wind on the first leg and a head wind on the return.  The St Peter’s Crews comprised of two J15 Boys quads and one J15 Girls quad and one quad each for the J14 Boys and Girls.  All the crews coped well with the conditions and produced good times against very strong opposition.  

23 March 2017

Rowers dig deep in difficult conditions
The Schools’ Head of the river race is always a great challenge for any crew and this year proved no exception.  Conditions on the morning of the race hinted at fast times but as the St Peter’s crews began to boat the wind speed increased and the water began to whip up. With less than ten minutes to the off and hundreds of crews out on the water, news came that the race had been shortened and would now finish at the Bandstand. The Boys quads were up first with Boat Club Captain, Jack Coulthard leading the Senior quad from the stroke seat. The J16 Boys quads followed closely afterwards in conditions that were steadily deteriorating. By the time the Senior Girls quad went over the course the waves were regularly crashing over the riggers. Despite the difficult conditions all the St Peter’s Crews dug deep and sculled with determination and skill.

11 March 2017

Rowers impress at Yorkshire Head
South Yorkshire Head February 2017

Saturday 11th March saw the boat club again competing on our home water in the Yorkshire Head. The weather was perfect for the event, seasonally warm, low wind with sunny spells.

16 crews represented the school and all gave a good account of themselves against competition from as far away as Hampton School.

The boat club recorded 2 wins, an impressive feat against tough opposition, with numerous second and third placings in very large categories.

  • Elliot Millman and Grayson Townend won J16 doubles
  • Sophie Haslam, Alex Johnston, Katarina Bonner and Maddie Day won Open Womens Coxless Quads.

Congratulations to all pupils who competed and showed a professional attitude both on and off the water.

11 February 2017

Success at South Yorkshire Head
South Yorkshire Head February 2017
The Boat Club’s annual trip to the South Yorkshire Head at Doncaster saw St Peter’s take crews from every year group, competing in 2 of the 3 Divisions on offer. The weather was typically mixed with occasional sleet and rain, meaning the biggest challenge of the day was trying to stay warm with temperatures barely making it above 2 or 3 degrees. 

Boat Club Captain Jack Coulthard set an excellent example for everyone to follow by registering comfortable wins in both his J18 single and open single.  Jack was the fastest Single Sculler overall on the day, which was great preparation for the forthcoming Trials at Boston.

South Yorkshire Head February 2017
The Senior Girls of Maddie Day, Alex Johnston, Katarina Bonner and Sophie Haslam also rose to the occasion and sculled with control to win the WJ18 quads by over a minute from their nearest rivals.  This was followed up later in the day with wins in the WJ18 double for Maddie Day and Sophie Haslam and WJ16 double for Alex Johnston who was joined by Eve Gilbert.

The J18 boys quad continued to show progress in a highly competitive field whilst the J16 quads had to battle against each other as their opposition failed to show up.  However, the J16 doubles did attract competition and Grayson Townend and Elliot Millman took the victory in the category with a display of determined sculling.

South Yorkshire Head February 2017
The development squads, comprising of the J15s and J14s, some of whom raced for the first time, showed just how far they have come in a short space of time.  Not only did they defeat the unrelenting cold but they also demonstrated great spirit both on and off the water. 

The results and performances are a reflection of a lot of hard work by the rowers and they can all look forward to the Yorkshire Head on the 11th March here in York with a growing sense of achievement.        

5 December 2016

Crews impress at Newark Head
27 pupils attended Newark Head on Saturday, a return to the race after a 10 year break. The pupils were a credit to the school, rigging efficiently with limited space and all getting boated on time.

All of the crews gave a good account of themselves on the challenging, twisty course, with six from twelve St Peter's crews emerging victorious - congratulations to scullers Jack Coulthard and Kat Bonner, and crews: Boys J16 coxless quad, Boys J15 coxed quad, Women’s intermediate 3 double, and Boys J16 double.

Well done to all St Peter's crews and a thank you from the staff for making the day so efficient and successful.

21 November 2016

Strong showing at York Head
York Small Boat Head 19 November 2016

The Boat Club had a small but dedicated core of rowers competing in the annual York Small Boats Head on Sunday 20 November.   

The Fifth and Sixth Form boys combined to produce three competitively matched boats that raced in a category dominated by University rowers.  Despite not winning, their times showed they have developed well, with more to come.

The Sixth Form girls’ double of Sophie-Rose Haslam and Katarina Bonner however, proved too much for the competition.  A combination of their experience and dedication produced a winning margin in excess of 30 seconds that was well deserved.

After a difficult year last year, the Fourth Form boys and girls took the opportunity to gain valuable water time.  The Quad of Joe Johnson, Guy Jenkins, Andrew Liang and Nick New coxed by James Connolly, the Double of Freddie Dorling and AJ Coates and the Girls Double of Lottie McKelvie and Valentina Cross experienced the competitive nature of Head racing for the first time. Despite their inexperience, they performed well in a strong field and returned to row again.

These results provide the Boat Club with a great platform to build on for our next event at Newark Head on Saturday 3rd December.   

Positive signs at GB Rowing Trials
On a still and clear morning, Jack Coulthard represented St Peter’s at his first GB Rowing trials in Boston, Lincolnshire. Up against 120 of the country’s top junior oarsmen, Jack raced hard, placing 44th, a strong performance in this new environment and less than 15 seconds away from placing in the 20s. His focus now moves on to the next round of assessment in February, where we are sure his performance will move on. 

9 October 2016

Success at Ancholme Head 
AncholmeheadOct2016
The Boat Club had a successful first away trip of the year at The Ancholme Head in Brigg. Racing over 2 divisions there were wins for the 5th Form boys coxless quad whose time of 10 mins 10 secs for the 2700m course placed them 2nd overall.  Equally impressive were Jack Coulthard in the J18 single sculls and Katarina Bonner in the women’s novice sculls.  Not only did they win their individual category but both proved to be the fastest male and female single scullers of the day.  The day was completed with wins for both the Senior Women’s double scull of Sophie-Rose Haslam and Maddie Day and the 4th Form Boys double scull of Joe Johnson and Andrew Liang.  Across the boat club many other good performances were registered, which is an encouraging start to the year.

4 August 2016

National Rowing Championships

National Rowing Championships

St Peter’s had a very successful campaign at the National Rowing Championships. Sophie and Katarina raced in a double scull and Katarina in a single as well, a tall order to race in two events against the country’s best.

First away was Katarina in her single scull. Against 32 other scullers and into a very strong headwind she made eleventh place putting her straight into the top semi-finals on the following day. Only a few hours later she and Sophie Haslam were in action in their double scull. The headwind had become a lot stronger and the course was very rough. Even though they had had few outings together they sculled really well together in the difficult conditions and made ninth place out of 31 crews, again putting them into the top semi-finals.

National Rowing Championships

The second day was always going be difficult, with the top 12 crews nationally in each category and particularly for Katarina who had four races to row, with two of them very close together. The single sculls semi-finals were hotly contested and Katarina ended in fifth place after a really good race. Within an hour she was back in action with Sophie in the double and again after a great race they finished in fifth place.

The two ‘B’ finals at least had a few hours’ separation which allowed a little rest. The single scull was first where Katarina sculled a very shrewd race. Aware that the conditions were slow and this was her third 2000 metre race of the day, she set off well and stayed with the other girls until half way. From there she mounted a series of bursts, gradually edging ahead and ended in an excellent third place, within five seconds of the winner.

Rowing season comes to a close

After a couple of hours’ rest the girls faced their last race of the day. The double set off at a strong and sustainable pace. At half way they were fifth, a good six seconds behind third place. However, a superb sprint for the last two minutes of the race saw them end in fourth place, just a few feet behind the third placed crew. For a crew that had only had two practice outings this was a great achievement, better than either rower had expected and a great comment on their fitness, determination and ability to row together at very short notice.

Both these results are great achievements when set against the context of the country’s best. These girls have worked hard all year and their squad has set new standards for St Peter’s J16 girls this year. This was an outstanding and well-deserved end to their season.

1 July 2016

Peterborough Junior Championships

Peterborough Junior Championships

St Peter’s junior rowers enjoyed a very successful day’s racing at the prestigious Peterborough Junior Championships last Saturday. Racing on the purpose built four-lane 1,000 metre rowing lake, there was some great racing. Most events required success in heats and semis to gain a place into the finals.

Junior 15 Girls

The Fourth Form girls, showed great determination putting out a strong performance against some experienced doubles. They narrowly missed out on the chance to race again, finishing fourth in their heat.

Crew: Ella Mclaughlin, Zosia Johnson

Junior 14 Boys

The Third Form boys came up against stiff opposition and had to dig deep in many of their races. 

The J14B coxed quads of Ethan Mckinney, Adam Dalton, Stephen Johnson and Patrick Renwick Coxed by Freddie Dorling and Toby Greenwood, Nick New, Yeelok Chan and Steven Li coxed by AJ Coates raced well but could not quite keep up with the pace of the other crews. 

Freddie Dorling and AJ Coates then swapped their coxing duties to race their double scull.  They had more success here and eventually made it through to the semi-finals to join another St Peter’s double comprising of Guy Jenkins and Joe Johnson.  Despite a valiant effort neither crew could secure a place in the final.  Unfortunately the third St Peter’s double of Andrew Liang and Max Allard felt the wrath of the race umpire after straying from their allotted lane and were disqualified.  This was a bitter blow as they were several lengths in the lead at the time. 

The Third Form boys however had saved the best until last.  Combining several boats together the Octuple of Joe Johnson, Andrew Liang, Max Allard, Adam Dalton, Stephen Johnson, Ethan Mckinney, Patrick Renwick and Nick New coxed by AJ Coates secured a well-deserved place in the final.  The final was a well contested race but it slipped away from them after the half way point and they finished in fourth place.

Peterborough Junior Championships

J15 Boys

Following on from their successful campaign in the VIII at the National Schools’ Regatta the Fourth Form boys raced in smaller boats last Saturday. By lunchtime five of their six boats had won their heats and one boat was placed second which meant all six boats qualified for the finals.

Results in finals:

Fourth places were gained by the two double sculls of Tom Hulmes/James Smith and Sam Gowland/Kieran Whyte.

Bronze medals were won by:

Elliot Millman who sculled an exceptional race in his single fighting hard all the way to the line against some top scullers.

Kieran Whyte, Tom Raper, Will Foster, Harrison Smith and Sam Gowland in a tremendous top class quad scull race.

Silver medals went to the quad scull of Pierre Herrenschmidt, Grayson Townend, Tom Hulmes, James Smith and Dan Hicks in a very close race immediately after their doubles race and

A clear gold was won by the double scull of Pierre Herrenschmidt and Grayson Townend who were dominant in the double sculls, winning their medal well ahead of the rest of the field.

Very well done to all the rowers who set a high standard of sportsmanship and racing on and off the water, and supported one another well.

22 June 2016

Henley Women’s Regatta

Henley Women's Regatta

The St Peter’s J16 (Fifth Form) girls’ quadruple scull opened a new chapter in St Peter’s rowing. Their squad has trained and raced hard all year in spite of the months when they were unable to get on the river because of flooding. Their event, the J16 quad sculls, had 24 entries of the very best from the UK and America. It included all the National Schools’ Regatta finalists.

Having spent the last two months revising and sitting their GCSE exams, the girls saw Henley at its most beautiful best. However, the beauty belies the extreme toughness of the racing on this magical stretch of the Thames.

With only one day’s practice on the course, their first race was a 1500 metres time trial to see which of the 24 entered could make the cut for the top eight crews to go into the quarter finals. St Peter’s has never made the quarter finals in this event.

Henley Women's Regatta 2016

Late on Friday evening, the last race of the day, nothing daunted the crew who set off at a terrific pace, off first of the 24 in their event. They steered very straight - not an easy matter on any course - and executed their best row ever. Twenty four other crews piled down the course after them at intervals of 30 seconds. There was then a long wait until the results came out. The suspense increased as results are announced in alphabetical order, so St Peter’s is way down the list. When we heard the news our delight at making the top eight was hard to suppress.

After a good night’s sleep, the crew was ready to race the first quarter final ever in this competition (even for St Peter’s) up against a very good crew from Globe Rowing Club, Greenwich, National Schools’ Regatta bronze medallists. The St Peter’s quad went off hard and held Globe for some time. Gradually the Globe crew drew ahead. Nothing daunted St Peter’s and they threw everything they had at them, sticking to the race plan. In the end we lost by around eight seconds in a very well fought contest. The girls said it was their best race of the year.

This Fifth Form girls’ squad has trained hard and improved all year. They thoroughly deserve to have made this big step up at Henley, the biggest women’s regatta.

The Crew: Jodi Smith (bow steers), Katarina Bonner (2), Lydia Theos (3), Sophie Haslam (stroke).

10 June 2016

National Schools’ Regatta

National Schools' Regatta 2016

Four St Peter’s crews raced at the National Schools’ Regatta on the Olympic rowing course at Dorney Lake on the first weekend of the holidays. With over 4000 junior rowers taking part it is the biggest competition in the country.

The Fourth Form boys’ eight was first away with a time trial over 1750 metres to decide the semi-final placings. In the time trial they were eleventh which put them in the top 21 that went on to race the semi-finals. The mix of Championship (big schools) and First (smaller schools) Eights racing together took a bit of unravelling. However, they qualified for the C final, where after a very close and tough race, they were placed in tenth position in their category. Considering the 60 water outings lost over winter, this was a very encouraging result for them and something for them to build on for next year.

The Crew: James Smith, Tom Hulmes, Tom Raper, Elliot Millman, Sam Gowland, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Kieran Whyte, Daniel Hicks

The senior boys’ quad scull had a huge entry in their event with 43 crews to race. Their time trial went well to finish in twenty-second position out of 43 crews. The crews were so close that 10 seconds covered 14 crews at this stage. Their placing put them into the D final where they ended in seventh position.

The Crew: Stanley Schofield, Rob Croft, Jack Coulthard, Jack Robins

National Schools' Regatta 2016

The Fifth Form girls’ quads set a new school record by both making their respective A (top) finals.

The second quad had a great final, racing hard all the way against a really good set of quads. A solid start and a series of really big “pushes” saw them leading the Headington 2nd crew at half way. From there they continued to push ahead and ended an excellent fifth place, not far behind some very fast crews and a first for St Peter’s.

The Crew: Jodi Smith, Martha Horner, Lucy Butters, Maddie Day.

The first quad came seventh out of 23 crews in the time trial, again with very tight time placings, which put them straight into the semi-finals. In the semi-final they were lying towards the end of the pack of crews at half way. From there their excellent fitness began to tell and they pushed right up into fourth position.

In the final they raced another intelligent race and, although last at half way, they pushed the last four minutes of the race so hard they ended in a very close sixth place, catching the crews ahead and finishing only five seconds off a bronze medal.

The Crew: Sophie Haslam, Katarina Bonner, Lydia Theos, Amber Rose.

St Peter’s has not had a girls’ J16 quad in an A final nationally before and certainly not two. All these four crews are to be congratulated on all the hard work they have put in over the whole year. 

3 May 2016

York Spring Regatta

York Spring Regatta

St Peter’s had a very successful day at York Spring Regatta in spite of the very variable weather conditions.

The Third Form squads put up very good performances in their quad sculls even though they had had such little time on the river this year.

The Fourth Form boys, racing against much older club and University opposition, showed great determination and lost narrowly in their fours and VIII. Elliot Millman won his Junior 15 single scull.

York Spring Regatta 2016

The Fifth and Sixth Form raced well, recording wins in the Men’s Intermediate double scull (Jack Coulthard, Stan Schofield) and Junior 18 mixed VIII’s (Josh Ramalingam, Tracy Yip, George Doyle, Oliver Millman, Lydia Theos, Tiffany Tuhirman, Cecilia Duan, Maddie Day, Henry Graham).

In addition, Eleanor Ingram is to be particularly congratulated on winning Novice double sculls with Pippa Simpson and, after a very tough final where she was behind at three quarters distance, Novice single sculls on the same day, a rare achievement.

27 April 2016

Junior Interregional Regatta 

Junior Interregional Regatta

St Peter’s had its biggest ever squad selected to represent Yorkshire in the Junior Interregional Championships. Our team consisted of a Fifth Form girls’ eight and coxless four, a Fifth Form boys’ four and a Fourth Form boys’ four.

The event was as usual raced on the Nottingham international rowing course. Raced in quite difficult windy conditions all our crews performed well.

The Fifth Form boys’ quad came a good eleventh overall with the Fourth Form boys’ four coming eighth in their final, both good results considering how little rowing time they have had this year.

St Peter's at the Junior Interregional Regatta

The Fifth Form girls’ four had a solid but uninspired race in their heat then won their B final convincingly to take a well-earned seventh place. After a break of only 10 minutes they were back in the eight to race another final. Here they were behind the Northern Region crew until the last minute when a very well timed and executed burst took them over a length clear which again made them B final winners and seventh overall.

As a bonus the event held a national T-shirt design competition which was won by Lydia Theos.

Congratulations to all the rowers.

The Crews

J16 Girls VIII: Lucy Butters, Martha Horner, Jodi Smith, Maddie Day, Lydia Theos, Kat Bonner, Sophie Haslam, Amber Rose, Cox Charles Barry

J16 Girls’ Four: Sophie Haslam, Kat Bonner, Lydia Theos, Amber Rose

J16 Boys’ Quad: Charles Barry, Alex Jefferson, Ed Johnson, Zaki Ward

J15 Boys’ Four: GraysonTownend, Kieran Whyte, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Sam Gowland, Daniel Hicks

19 April 2016

Ghent Rowing Camp and International Regatta

Two bronze, a silver and a gold medal concluded the second day’s racing at Ghent International Regatta over Easter, no mean feat with nine nations and 1500 crews racing, many for national titles and national selection.

Twenty five St Peter’s rowers went on the annual senior rowing camp to Ghent, Belgium. Two days of intense training were followed by the International Regatta which combines with the Belgian National Championships. With nine countries represented the standard was, as usual, very high. Over the two days of the regatta our crews raced 2000 metres, the full international distance, between four and seven times. It was very intense racing and some of the events had huge entries e.g. the Junior 18 boys’ single sculls had 90 entries, the girls’ Junior 16 singles nearly 50.

After two days’ training the first regatta day had a cross tail wind but was dry. As the wind rose this made conditions more challenging later in the afternoon. Our best results were:

Gold medal: Men’s Under 23 quad scull (Jack Robins, Rob Croft, Stan Schofield, Jack Coulthard)

4th/12: Girls’ J16 quad scull (Sophie Haslam, Kat Bonner, Lydia Theos, Amber Rose)

5th/6: Boys J16 coxed four (Sam Gowland, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Elliot Millman, Tom Raper, Harrison Smith)

5th/23: Girls’ J16 double scull (Kat Bonner, Lydia Theos)

30th/86: Boys J18 single scull (Jack Coulthard)

Other rowers produced very good crew and personal performances, particularly as several rowers had only started rowing in the autumn term and this was their first ever regatta.

On the second day, although tired from the first regatta day, there was a big improvement in most performances. The wind was calm in the morning but got up later to a strong and gusty head wind making conditions difficult and times slow. The fours’ and doubles’ performances stepped up relative to the Saturday races, showing that race experience overcame fatigue.

The top results were:

Gold Medal: Lightweight Men’s quad scull (Jack Robins, Henry Graham, Jack Coulthard, Stan Schofield) 

Silver Medal: Men’s U23 quad scull (Rob Croft, Zaki Ward, Ed Johnson, George Doyle)

Bronze medal: Girls’ J16 quad scull (Jodi Smith, Kat Bonner, Lydia Theos, Amber Rose)

Bronze medal: Boys’ J16 coxed Four (James Smith, Kieran Whyte, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Elliot Millman, Grayson Townend

7th/25: Boys’ J16 single scull (Ed Johnson)

18th/27: Boys’ J16 double scull (Grayson Townend, Kieran Whyte)

Throughout the trip behaviour and discipline on and off the water, sportsmanship, enthusiasm and effort were very high. My thanks go to all the coaches who supported this trip so tirelessly.

15 April 2016

Boat Club Newsletter, Easter 2016

Following the rough and unpredictable weather of the Christmas term, everyone was hopeful for more time on the water. Sadly most of the term has been spent on land, the river largely unsafe. However, eventually we put our land training into practice on the water.  There has been lots of technique work done through the boat club, as this will carry us through the longer, tougher races.  We were able to attend: Yarm, South Yorkshire/Doncaster Head, Trent head, Women’s Eights Head of the River Race, and Schools’ Head of the River Race.

We had an impressive start to the season at Yarm, where we had many boats from novices to the more experienced crews in action on the 2.5km course. The Yarm race unlike others is limited to four schools; St Peter’s, George Watson’s, Yarm and Durham. After all the crews have raced over the two divisions, the schools are ranked by percentage time. Percentage time comparatively ranks all the other times from the schools and can compare the quality of the crew separate from the type of boat they are in. St Peter’s took home second place out of the four schools, narrowly losing to Yarm. A great result after the lack of time on the water. The South Yorkshire Head was the second race of the Easter term, and took place during the half term. Here we had two first places from the J18 quad and WJ16 double. We also took home seven second places from the J16 quad, WJ16 coxed quad, J18 double, J16 four, WJ16 four, and from Katarina Bonner and Lydia Theo’s singles.

Trent Head, a longer race than many, has three divisions, two of the divisions are raced over 5.7 km and one division is raced over 3.8 km. Head of the Trent is a large race attracting crews from all over the country as it is used to practice for the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race, and Schools’ Head of the River Race. In Division Two - the shorter race - we had three crews racing including; J15 eight coming seventh, WJ16 and WJ18 quads coming second in their categories. All good results especially as for some of the WJ18 quad and J15 eight it was their first race. In Division Three, 5.7 km, we had four crews in action: J18 quad came fourth, J18 four seventh, WJ16 eight second, and J16 four ninth. Overall there was a strong effort from St Peter’s entire boat club.

In the English Indoor Rowing Championships in Manchester, Lydia Theos finished in an excellent fourth place. We would also like to congratulate Katerina Bonner and Lydia Theos for being invited to the J16 national assessments on the basis of their remarkable 5k ergo times. We look forward to seeing how they get on in the summer term.

The final races this term were in fact the largest head races in the world, held on the Thames the crews rowed the Boat Race Course from Chiswick to Putney, overall a distance of 6.8km.  Despite the distinct lack of time together on the water and as full crews due to other commitments, the results from both of these races where a resounding success. At the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race we had a WJ16 crew row as a WJ18 crew where they finished 165th out of over 300 crews. This was a massive improvement from last year moving up over 50 places. We had five crews racing at the School’s Head of the River Race. The results were good especially considering late substitutions through illness and severe lack of water time in the last four months:  J18 quad, 22nd; J15 eight, 11th; J16 quad, 10th; J18 coxed four, 11th; and WJ16 eight 10th. A great achievement as some had never raced such a hard long course before, and some never having raced at all before, so a great well done to all.

Now looking to the regatta season next term we move into the shorter more intense training, and hopefully some more Yorkshire sun. We also have a rowing camp in Ghent over the holiday, we wish them luck in the regatta and a hard couple of days training beforehand.

Eleanor Ingram and Jack Robins (Captains)

The View from the Launch: Easter 2016

The tenacity of our rowers has been remarkable to behold and confirms what a resolute and focussed group they all are. We have had the worst 18 weeks of flooding in our collective coaching memory. Between the October half term and the end of the Easter term we have managed only three complete weeks on the river, otherwise scrabbling around to try to find some land facilities to keep the rowers fit.

Four events were cancelled once again due to flooding or high winds. This left us with very few outings and races before the two major events of the term, Women’s and Schools’ Heads of the river races, raced over the iconic four and a quarter mile Boat Race course. In spite of that the results at all the events were very good, a testament to the persistence of the rowers.

Boat Club Dinner and Dance

Floods affected not only the river but also the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall where our Dinner Dance was to be held. School helped us out at the last moment and we had a great evening in the beautifully decorated Queen Anne Hall at St Olave’s. It was a superb evening, organised by Julie McLeish and her team of supporters. Our guest speaker was Annie Vernon, twice World Champion and Olympic Silver medallist. She talked candidly about what the GB rowing team is like, her experience and the highs and lows of a rowing career. In the afternoon she conducted an excellent educational indoor session on the rowing ergometers.

Welcome

We welcome Bridget Harris, straight from 30°c in New Zealand, who is our gap student coach, with us for 2016. We wish her a happy time here at St Peter’s.

County Selection

This year we have had four crews selected to represent Yorkshire and Humberside in the Junior Interregional Championships, in Nottingham on Saturday 23 April.

The selected crews are: the J16 girls’ VIII, J16 girls’ four, J16 boys’ quad scull and the J15 boys’ VIII - many congratulations to all of them. This is probably the biggest representation St Peter’s has had in the regional squad. At the JIRR they will race the very best of each of the 12 British regions - good luck to all of them.

OP news

We have had two very good pieces of news about OPs:

Firstly, Sam Philpott (2014) was selected to race for the Cambridge Lightweight crew against Oxford. At the Henley Boat Races he proceeded to demolish the Dark blues. The Cambridge lightweight coach, Dan Janes, is also an OP who raced twice for Great Britain whilst he was at school.

Secondly, Tina Stiller (2005) achieved a terrific third place in the single sculls in the recent senior GB trails. She will race in the World Cup Round One in the GB quad scull in Varese, Italy, to try to secure a place for this boat in Rio. She has an enviable record of GB representation and World Championship medals. We all wish her very well this year.

Ghent Rowing Camp: late news

Twenty five St Peter’s rowers went on the annual rowing camp to Ghent this year. In spite of the huge amount of time lost from the river in York in the last five months (around 58 water outings) the crews all trained and raced their hardest and prospered. We ended with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals, a remarkable achievement in a regatta with 1500 crews from nine different nations. 

Calendar of Events

Please find an updated calendar of events below. We do not go to all of them. Some events have changed dates and some dates are as yet provisional. Please note them in your diaries. A revised calendar appears on each event information sheet so do double check these each time it comes out.

I look forward to seeing you at York Spring Regatta on Saturday 30 April. It is raced from our boathouse to Lendal Bridge. Do come and support and there will be hot drinks and cakes at the boathouse as always.

Jamie MacLeod

Director of Rowing   

St Peter's School Boat Club Calendar 2016

Month

Day

Date

Event

Year

April

Sat

23

Junior Interregional Regatta, Notts

4th-5th

Sat

30

York Spring Regatta

3rd- 6th

May

Sat

14

Nottingham City, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

4th-6th

Sat

21

Tees Regatta, Stockton

3rd-4th

Fri

27

Term ends

Fri-Sun

27 - 29

National Schools' Regatta, Dorney Lake, Eton

Top crews

Jun

Sat

4

Peterborough Regatta

5th- 6th

Mon

6

Term starts

Sat

11

Durham Regatta

3rd- 6th

Fri-Sun

17-19

Henley Women's Regatta      Top crew(s)

5th- 6th

Sat

18

Marlow Regatta, Dorney Lake, Eton

Sen. boys

Sun

19

York Summer Regatta

3rd- 6th

Fri

24

Henley Royal Regatta Qualifying races (Top crew)

Sen. boys

Sat

25

Peterborough Junior Championships

3rd- 4th

Sun

26

J16 GB-France Match Selection, Nottingham

5th

Wed-Sun

29 - 3rd

Henley Royal Regatta (Top crew)

Sen. boys

July

Sat

2

Talkin Tarn, Penrith

3rd - 4th

Fri

8

Term ends

Sat-Sun

16-17

British Rowing Junior Championships, Nottingham

Voluntary

 

23 March 2016

Schools’ Head of the River 

Schools’ Head of the River

The Schools’ Head of the River race is an annual race held over the historic 7.5km Boat Race course. This year 380 eights and fours contested the race. They came from all over the UK, Ireland, Italy, Hungary and the USA.

On a lovely sunny day the senior boys’ quad were first off (Stan Schofield, Ollie Millman, Jack Coulthard and Jack Robins). They steered a great course on this complex river and ended in 22nd place - good considering they had illness in the crew and a late substitute.

The J16 boys’ quad followed (Zaki Ward, Alex Jefferson, Ed Johnson and Charles Barry) and held off many stronger crews for a good distance down the course ending with a great 10th place in their category.

St Peter's rowers

Soon after the J15 boys’ eight (Tom Hulmes, Isaac Watson, Grayson Townend, Tom Raper, Pierre Herrenschmidt, Sam Gowland, James Smith, Kieran Whyte, cox Daniel Hicks) steamed down the river coming past Barnes Bridge with three eights side by side. They pushed all the way to the finish, had a great and exhausting row to finish a very credible 11th in illustrious company. They beat a considerable number of crews in their own and in older age groups.

The Girls’ J16 VIII followed a further 100 places behind (Lucy Butters, Martha Horner, Jodi Smith, Maddie Day, Lydia Theos, Kat Bonner, Sophie Haslam, Amber Rose, cox Eleanor Ingram). They had some very good crews behind them and worked well to hold them off for much of the course. At the end there were four crews in line crossing the finishing line. They recorded an excellent 10th place in their category.

Finally came the senior boys’ coxed four (Peter Gray, George Doyle, Henry Graham, Josh Ramalingham and George Snell). Although they had to have a last minute substitution because of illness, they fitted together well and had a spirited race ending with a solid 11th place.

Considering the flooding on the Ouse has resulted in a very small amount of time on the river in the last 18 weeks, these results are very promising and show a great depth of spirit and determination.

9 March 2016

Women’s Eights Head

Women’s Eights Head

Nine St Peter’s girls raced in the Women’s Head of the River Race on Saturday, a 7.5km race over the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race course. It is the biggest women’s rowing race in the world with 320 Women’s eights, mostly seniors, from all over Europe racing.

Last year the crew, as Junior 15s, finished in 229th place. This year, in spite of the major lack of time on the water this term the crew improved dramatically on last year’s performance. Racing into a strong head wind with squalls, hail, and snow, the crew put up a great performance finishing another 53 places up the rankings in 176th place - a big step up from last year. To achieve this result with so little time on the water is a great credit to the girls.

28 February 2016

Trent Head Race

On the riverSix St Peter’s crews raced at Trent Head on Sunday, a race that included several outstanding British crews like Eton and Cambridge University’s Boat Race crew.

Second places went to the girls’ J16 quad scull, who were seventeenth out of 55 crews, and the senior girls’ novice quad scull, two of whom only started rowing this year - a great achievement for them.

Trent Head Race

The J15 boys’ VIII was placed an outstanding fourth out of 10 novice men’s crews with all the other crews either senior club or University crews. They ended seventh in a race of 55 crews - a very promising start to their season.

Over the longer 6km course, the senior boys’ quad scull came fourth and the senior boys’ four seventh in the senior men’s event. Also in that event, the J16 boys raced very well against top opposition, to finish tenth.

St Peter's rowers

Although tired from their first race, the girls’ VIII came a good second over the longer course, beating nine senior women’s crews and showing promise for the women’s Head Race in London this coming weekend.

13 February 2016

South Yorkshire Head

St Peter's boat club

The Boat Club had a successful day at the South Yorkshire Head at the beginning of the half term holidays. Racing twice over the twisting 4km course against the strong stream all our crews performed well.

South Yorkshire Head

The J16 girls came second in the novice fours and the novice quad sculls with the two single scullers, Lydia Theos and Kat Bonner, also finishing in very close second places in their events.

The Junior 15 boys came second in the novice quads sculls and the novice fours. The senior boys’ quad was also second in the J18 event, a small distance behind an accomplished York City quadruple scull.

Rowing

In the men’s intermediate quad event the boys raised their game and turned the tables on the York City crew, winning by a good 25 seconds. Kat Bonner and Lydia Theos took a great victory in the Women’s double sculls with a huge winning margin of 38 seconds. 

10 November 2015

St Peter’s advance again at Fours’ Head in London

Fours' Head

Three St Peter’s crews raced the long and challenging Boat Race course on Saturday against over 400 UK and northern European crews, including Olympic and World champions. With a strong wind whipping up waves and intermittent rain lashing down, the crews rowed and steered very well on the difficult Championship Course.

In this 20 minute race, the boys’ quad scull moved up over 30 places to come an excellent 122nd overall, 22nd in their division, getting closer to crews they have raced before in this season.

The boys’ coxed four raced well to come 22nd in the tough Junior 18 coxed fours division.

St Peter's rowers

The Fifth Form girls’ quad, racing two years above their age group in the Junior 18 division, climbed 70 places to finish 22nd, beating 11 other quads in their event and over 50 other women’s crews overall, a great achievement given their age.

In addition the marshals complimented St Peter’s crews on being the most organised club getting in and out of their boats, showing up some of the senior competitors!

4 November 2015

Rowers’ successful Portugal camp

Portugal rowing camp

A group of eight St Peter’s rowers went to Portugal on a camp over half term. It was the first time the club has travelled there, a trial to see if a bigger group might go in the future.

Portugal camp

The town, Figueira da Foz, is a large port and seaside resort with a big river running in off the sea. In addition there is an international rowing course only 15 minutes away. The first two days were spent with long technical sessions on the river, at that stage very flat and calm, in single and double sculls. On the third day the rowers progressed to quad sculls and the river, much wider than the Thames, started to get a bit choppy.

Rowing camp

Overnight the wind got up and a big Atlantic storm came in, whipping the river into a very rough and dangerous place for small boats. At that stage we transferred to the relative calm of the 8 lane International rowing course which we had to ourselves for the next two days.

Everyone worked very hard, made big improvements in their sculling and made the camp go really well.

13 October 2015

Eight Wins for St Peter’s Boat Club at Ancholme Head

Ancholme Head 2015

In beautiful autumn sunshine, St Peter’s had a very successful day’s racing at Ancholme head in Lincolnshire. Pitted against 165 club crews all St Peter’s crew performed well and stepped up their performances from their last event three weeks ago at the York Autumn Sculls.

The crews, from Fourth Form upwards, achieved four fourth, five third and eleven second places.