Three seasons were experienced in one day on Saturday 1 June at Castle Semple Regatta – the biggest one-day event on the Scottish rowing calendar. George Watson’s College entered 19 events ranging from J13 to J18 and Senior, winning outright in over half of these event.
The boys J14 quad of Euan Dickerson (S2), Alex Chisholm, Ben Carruthers (both S3) and Fergus Mainland (S2), coxed by Andrew Sommerville (S2) outclassed the rest of the field in their event claiming the win by a large margin. Ben and Alex then jumped into the J15 quad with Oliver Fenton (S4), Duncan Kuwall, and cox Anna Fenning (both S3) to claim second place in the higher age category.
The J16 boys won in both the coxed fours and double sculls events – Laurence Bialy, Blair Ketteringham, Arseniy Morgunov, and James Stevenson, coxed by Rebecca Moore (all S4) and Struan Stewart and Alasdair Watson (both S4) respectively. Blair also teamed up with Hamish Duncan (S5) to win the J18 coxless pairs event.
The girls’ J16 quad scull of Katy McDonald, Isla Ferguson, Holly Cook and Errin Gall (all S4) coxed by Julie McDonald (S2) won a closer race to claim the medals in their event. Holly and Isla then matched this performance in the J16 double sculls, and Katy in the J15 single, winning these events comfortably.
Boat Club Captain Jack Dryden (S5) won both the J18 quad sculls and coxed fours events (coxed by Rebecca), in a composite crew with Dumfries Schools’ Rowing Academy, and then proceeded to beat his crewmates in both the heat and final of the single sculls event, finishing as the fastest Junior sculler at the regatta in a closely fought final.