Thursday, 19 October 2017

Shiplake College students help GB clinch Swiss victory

FOUR Shiplake College students made significant contributions to Great Britain’s overall team victory in the Coupe de Jeunesse held in Lucerne, Switzerland, last weekend.

FOUR Shiplake College students made significant contributions to Great Britain’s overall team victory in the Coupe de Jeunesse held in Lucerne, Switzerland, last weekend.

Michael Glover, Max Hearnden, Marek Lapham and Harry Vardigans helped the British team ease the Swiss hosts into second place and triumph over international competition that included Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Training hard for three weeks after Henley Regatta, the oarsmen had to learn how to row together though it was beneficial for the coxed four that it included Hearnden, Vardigans and Lapham at two, three and stroke respectively. They began well with victory over the Spanish crew on Saturday with a margin of just over a second. Michael Glover joined his Shiplake colleagues for the JM8+ on Saturday but it was the Italian crew, who finished just under a second ahead of the British crew, who took gold. Sunday was another busy day for the Shiplake trio in the coxed four. Spain began well and the GB crew did enough to stay ahead of third placed Italy, contribute valuable points to the final team tally and preserve themselves for another tussle with the Italians in the JM8+.

The four Shiplake boys then competed in the penultimate race of the regatta. Experiencing technical problems, they were placed sixth out of seven at the start. By the 750 metre mark they had pulled through the field to place level with the Italians.

In a tense finish they gained a lead of just under a length and reversed Saturday’s result with a time of 5.48, quicker than the Italian’s Saturday winning time.

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