Before half term, a number of Shiplake College crews raced at Reading Small Boats Head. Taking into account that they were racing in senior men’s events, the boys returned with some very pleasing results.
Tim Waller, Phillip Green, Andrew Turnhill and Henry Edwards raced in the IM1 quad sculls event. The crew had an impressive scull not only winning the category but also posting the fastest time of the whole day ahead of 390 other boats.
Matthew Aldridge, Freddie Brady, Joshua Cuffe and Mathew Brown raced for the first time this year, competing in Men’s Novice quad sculls. This is a new and relatively inexperienced crew so they went out to race for fun and see what they could achieve. The crew came off the water happy and pleased with their race, believing it was the best they had rowed together. This was confirmed by the result they achieved coming in 2nd position out of 4 novice quads.
Racing in IM3 double sculls, came the crews of Seb Newman and Henry Blois-Brooke; and Harry and Tom Berkley. Both crews posted impressive times with the Newman, Blois-Brooke crew coming out on top winning the event ahead of the Berkley’s by 12 seconds who came in a creditable 2nd place.
Director of Rowing David Currie said: “Congratulations to all the boys for a fantastic afternoon of racing. This race concluded the 1st half of term’s events and now the Boat Club looks forward to competing over the pond on our Half Term tour to the USA. We will be competing at the Head of the Charles and the Head of the Schuylkill Regattas.”