Blues News Issue 47 June 2018

rowing MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS Some highlights of an action-packed season for the boys and girls of the Blue Coat Boat Club EASTER TRAINING CAMP Over the Easter break, 45 members of the Boat Club and several coaches travelled to the Centro de Entrenamiento near Ourense in NW Spain for a week of training. This was a new location for the Boat Club's annual training camp, with a very comfortable spa hotel located on the banks of the River Mino. A day at the camp usually started with some hill sprints before breakfast, followed by a combination of rowing and revision alternating throughout the day - and time spent at the popular all-you-can-eat hot buffet. We were sharing the hotel with some older clientele enjoying the spa, as well as the rather intimidating Belarusian rowing squad, which included the rowing legend Ekaterina Karsten. Ekaterina is training for Tokyo 2020 - which will be her 8th Olympics, having won medals at four previous Olympics! Communication was limited to Mr Tabor's rudimentary Russian and Dan Musset and Ethan Page- Mason inadvertently getting in Ekaterina's way on the water and receiving some reasonably pointed advice in Belarusian! The weather was often overcast with some showers, although relatively warm, but we did experience a few sunny days with water like glass. All the squads had the opportunity to do some great training and racing during the week - which set them up for an action-packed season - highlights of which include: NATIONAL SCHOOLS REGATTA Blue Coat had a bigger presence at the NSR this year, with the 1st VIII, 2nd VIII, Girls 4+ (enjoying their first experience of national racing), J16 VIII, two J15 quads and three J15 VIIIs, and three J14 octuple sculls racing for the School. Highlights of the three days of racing included: an eighth in category for the 1st VIII in the C final - a respectable result amongst tough opposition; third place in the C final for the J16s - a step-up in performance; the largest contingent of Year 10 rowers in memory - with the first quad placing an impressive eighth overall (having just been edged out of the A final) and the 2nd VIII coming ninth overall; and fantastic spirit and teamwork from all our rowers. METROPOLITAN REGATTA In early June, the 1st VIII raced at the Metropolitan Regatta, at Eton’s Dorney Lake, in a category filled mostly with university crews. They rowed a controlled race in their semi final to qualify in third place for the final, behind Winchester College and Kings College London - which put them in an outside lane in their seven- boat final. The crew had a fantastic start, and were leading the pack after the first 250m. During the middle of the race, Winchester College slowly edged in front, but Blue Coat managed to hold off 'attacks’ from crews from Birmingham University and Liverpool University, with great coxing from Fred Bryce and stroking by Max Ashwanden. A final sprint saw the crew finish in second place, just ahead of the five university crews. A great result ahead of the difficult task of qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta. A special mention goes to Year 10 Will Mackean who raced in the 1st VIII for the first time. - Mr Edmondson, Head of Rowing