Over the Easter Holidays, George Watson’s College Rowing Club had a very enjoyable and productive Training Camp in Bruges, Belgium culminating in a weekend of challenging competitive racing at Ghent International Regatta.
The rowers from our boys’ and girls’ Senior, Intermediate and a few from the Novice squads responded well to the week’s training, weaving between ocean-going vessels on the shipping canal between Bruges and Zeebrugge, and all improved considerably in terms of technique, boatmanship and fitness.
The hard work and technical focus of the week’s training put our crews in a great position ready to compete at Ghent International Regatta, where they would meet some of the best school and club crews from across Europe on the multi-lane buoyed lake used for several World Championship and Rowing World Cup events. Our pupils met this challenge admirably, and all of our crews deserve great credit for the attitude and application with which they approached the competition.
Overall, George Watson’s College Boat Club returned from Ghent International Regatta with three crew silver medals and one bronze medal. The winners were:
Two silver – Holly Cook (S3)
One silver, one bronze – Heather Dun (S6), Robyn Gillies, Emma Rankin (both S5)
Silver – Eleanor Marlow, Ellie Brown (both S4), Katy McDonald, Emma Crawford, Isla Ferguson (all S3)
Bronze – Julie Stephen (S6).
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience of racing some of the top crews in Europe, the training camp and day trip to Bruges; and are now in good form to approach the racing season starting at the Scottish National Rowing Centre in Strathclyde Park on 28 – 29 April.