13 May 2019
Rowing - Dorney Lake Regatta

Sunday 12th May 2019 saw the staging of another fantastic Ball Cup Regatta at Dorney Lake. In bright sunshine and near perfect weather, the Olympic rowing course was at its sparkling best. This term the Stowe rowing team is Elliot Patel, Josh Green, Toby Blythe, Saul Lewis, Sienna Bettany,

David Gollifer, Maksim Uspenskiy, Max James, Ed Whitbread, Charles Cole, Ed Bush and Hugo Comerford. Most of the Stoics got at least two races, with Maksim qualifying for 3 finals and racing 6 times down the course!

The team was led off by the J15 quad of Saul, David, Ed Whitbread and Sienna, coxed by Max. In their first ever regatta they put in spirited and competent performance.

Elliott and Josh raced well in doubles and singles. Josh seemed particularly unlucky not to proceed to his singles final, after a very determined effort in his heat, which saw him come in a close second. Everyone thought he’d done well enough to qualify, but neither he nor the heat winner went through. A timing glitch perhaps? Hopefully he’ll have better luck next time. Charles and Ed Bush raced well in their double.

Sienna raced well in her first time out in a sinlge, but unfortunately lost her balance a couple of strokes before the line. The officials at this competition appreciate that for many of the youngsters this is their first experience of racing and the race umpire, Russell Peacock, waved the rescue boat away and kindly encouraged Sienna to swim her boat the last few metres across the line, to record a finish time. Great determination which will surely see success for her in the future.

Max and Saul raced in doubles and we were all grateful to Saul’s parents for taking some super team photos of a memorable day. Toby and Maksim raced in singles, with Maksim taking 4th place in his final.

Best performances of the day came from the J14 quad of Max, Toby, Ed Whitbread, Maksim, coxed by Ed Bush who won the bronze medal in a field of strong rowing schools, with Maksim and Toby also winning silver medals with a very impressive race in J14 doubles.

It was a pleasure to meet Charlie Chick, who rowed so well in the Stowe 1st VIII at Henley Royal Regatta last year. Now rowing for Warwick Rowing Club, he won the J16 singles in a thrilling race and is following his dream, to row for Great Britain.

This event was a wonderful experience for the Stoics, who all showed great enthusiasm and were a credit to the school.

They were supported by a large group of parents and siblings, and the coaching team of Mr Johnson, Mr Lomax, Mr Bainbridge and Mr Rudkin.