Haynes strikes gold for Blue Coat at schools’ regatta
SONNING’S Reading Blue Coat School enjoyed success at this year’s National Schools Regatta in Nottingham, with Alex Haynes
SONNING’S Reading Blue Coat School enjoyed success at this year’s National Schools Regatta in Nottingham, with Alex Haynes winning a gold medal in the championship single sculls.
Elsewhere both the first eight and the Year 11 four reached their respective finals, and a number of teams qualifying for the semi-finals out of the 70 Blue Coat School rowers that competed.
Haynes, 18, gave the Sonning-based school’s performance of the day regatta when he qualified well for the final and dominated the race from the first stroke, winning it in seven minutes, 35.91 seconds.
Earlier in the day, the Year 11 four qualified well in their time trial and raced a very exciting semi-final to finish in second place after a sprint finish. They raced well in the final to finish sixth.
Blue Coat’s three senior eight crews competed on Saturday. The third eight raced well in their category and finished fourth in their semi final while the second eight missed out on a place in the final by just half a length. The first eight category was tought with 24 other schools entered. Blue Coat’s crew raced well in the time trial to put them into a good semi-final position. After a poor start in the semi-final they were left with a lot to do to qualify for the final,but the crew, stroked by 18-year-old Fraser Jarrett, managed to overhaul Sir William Borlase in the final few hundred metres to make it into the final by 0.4 seconds.
In the final Blue Coat finished fifth, one length behind the third placed crew.
l Henley College student Molly Harding secured gold and silver representing Marlow Rowing Club.
Harding, who is studying Sports and Exercise Sciences at Henley, is also a student on the highly successful AASE programme at Henley.
Nine other students from the AASE programme were also participating, all rowing for Leander Club. They were Piotr Golawski, Thomas Mortimer, William New, James Lambton-Heys, Montague Norman, Louis Taylor, William Dolin, Christopher Ray, and Robbie Cook.