Thursday, 07 July 2022

Shiplake crew sets new course record on way to title

Shiplake crew sets new course record on way to title

THE first eight crew of Shiplake College broke the championship course record on their way to winning the Schools’ Head of the River Race on Friday of last week.

The win means they are the fastest school crew currently in Great Britain over a long course. The crew of Sydney Burnand, Rhys Ash, Dom Brown, Sebastian Hjortland-Marks, Richard Adams, Tom Boret, Ben Brockway and Marcus Brown,with Jacob Kirby as cox paced themselves perfectly despite the cox losing connection to the speakers in the boat.

A strong following wind helped the crew row a fast race, breaking the championship course record by four seconds in a time of 16 minutes and 36 seconds. Eton College finished second, 0.5 seconds behind with St Paul’s School third, a further 0.4 seconds later.

Not to be overshadowed, the Shiplake College 2nd eight of Joshua Wombwell, Harry Allan, Joseph Rayner, Bobby Howard-Jones, Haydon Stride, Matthew Waller, Tom Fox, Federico Focosi and cox Cameron Gass and the J16 eight of Toby Coles, Kesha Sarkytbayev, Rory Cameron-Martin, Ben Acton, Lucas Batty, Angus Wood, Adam Hunt, Robert Humphris and cox Lonnie Lawrence both finished fourth.

The J15 eight of Jensen Perry, Billy Fundell, Sam Waller, Johnny Miller, Thomas Houghton, Edward Tayler, Edward Dallas, Dylan Hillier and cox Wallace Fisher raced hard, finishing a respectable 10th.

There was also success for Shiplake girls Sophia Hahn and Ella Nolson representing Henley Rowing Club, as they won the girls’ championship eight. Their boat finished the course in a time of 18 minutes, 44 seconds.

Speaking after the races, Shiplake director of rowing Dave Currie said: “I am delighted with the results on Friday and would like to congratulate Mr Mackworth-Praed (first eight coach) and Mr Lee (second eight coach) for their hard work.

“These results have been built over a few years of hard work from the staff at the boat club and the support from the school. It really has been a team effort.”

Headmaster Gregg Davies added: “It’s great to see that the passion of the coaches for their crews to succeed has been borne out. I think we can now begin to believe that we are here to stay amongst the elite of schools’ rowing. I couldn’t ask for a better leaving present.”

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