Shiplake College set sights on making progress in three events
LOCAL interest in the academic events at this year’s regatta will once again involve crews from
LOCAL interest in the academic events at this year’s regatta will once again involve crews from Shiplake College, The Oratory School and Reading Blue Coat School.
Shiplake College will be entering its first eight in the Princess Elizabeth Cup for school boy eights, its J16 eight will enter the Temple Cup for academic eights and its junior quad the Fawley Cup for U19s.
Shiplake College’s first eight have had a successful season putting them amongst the best school eights in the country.
At the National Schools’ Regatta in May the eight took gold winning school first eights for the second time in Shiplake College’s history. This result puts the crew firmly inside the top 10 in the country.
Shiplake College’s J16 crew has also had a successful season finishing fourth in J16 championship eights at the National Schools’ Regatta missing out on a bronze medal by a narrow margin of 0.23 seconds. This crew will have to compete at the qualifiers for a place in the Temple Cup for university crews.
The boys’ quad will also be joining the J16 eight at tonight’s (Friday) qualifiers as they attempt to earn a place in the Fawley Cup.
Woodcote’s Oratory School will also be in the qualifiers for a place in the Princess Elizabeth Cup.
The crew has raced at many events this year, including Bedford, Thames Ditton, Wallingford and Reading regattas as well as the National Schools’ Regatta and is captained by Jack Camilleri.
Sonning’s Reading Blue Coat School has entered two crews, one in the Princess Elizabeth Cup and one in the Temple Cup.
The first eight, that will be competing in the Princess Elizabeth Cup, finished fifth in the final at the National Schools’ Regatta, the first time they had ever reached a final at the event. The crew will be made up of Henry Bennett, Gavin Brackley, Theo Meenderink, Laurence Young, Tom Rees, Fraser Jarrett, Matt Kemp, Joe Bright and cox Sam Leach.
The school’s other crew will feature in the Temple Cup and will be made up of Harry O’Ciobhain, James Temple, Toby Bryant, Matt Rees, Sam Methold, George Howell, Alex Miles, Marcus Smith and cox Aisling Humphries-Griffiths.
This crew narrowly missed out on a place in their final at the National Schools’ Regatta by just half a length.