It is good to be able to report our best set of results ever from the Schools' Head of the River Races which took place last week on the Thames and at Eton Dorney, venue for the Olympic rowing and canoeing regattas.
George Watson's College entered two eights into the Schools’ Head of the River, the only two Scottish eights racing against the best school crews in Britain, from Chiswick to Putney (the reverse of the Boat Race course).
The first eight delivered a very solid, creditworthy performance against considerably more experienced opposition from the top rowing schools from England, Ireland, Wales and further afield, finishing 32nd out of almost 300 boats competing and 18th in class.
However, it was the U16 Boys – Ben Carruthers (S3), Struan Stewart, Oliver Fenton, Alasdair Watson, Arseniy Morgunov, Blair Ketteringham, Laurence Bialy and James Stevenson (all S4), coxed by Rebecca Moore (S4) – who stole the honours, with an incredible second place in J16 1st VIIIs, beaten only by the Thames-based Reading Blue Coats crew.
On Friday at Eton Dorney the squad continued to perform well. The J16 quad scull maintained their position of 12th from last year, in spite of the size of the field increasing from 17 to 42. The J17 quad scull managed 11th place; and the Girls' J16 crew ninth. In the coxed quad scull events, our new J14 girls' crew raced well and the girls have gained valuable experience of top level racing, finishing in the top half of a strong field.
The J14 Boys' crew however finished second from 37 of the top U14 crews from around Britain. The crew is largely unchanged from that which competed last year finishing 37th, and this result demonstrates the dramatic improvement that they have made. The J14 coxed quad were Euan Dickerson, Fergus Mainland (both S2), Alex Chisholm and Ben Carruthers (both S3) coxed by Andrew Sommerville (S2).