23 Sep 2019
Stowe Rowing - MK Regatta

The Sowe rowers enjoyed a good day of competition at Milton Keynes Regatta. Preparation for this event has been more difficult than usual, not least because blue green algae has meant the Stoics cannot use the 11 Acre Lake at Stowe. Instead Mr Righton has arranged land training, with rowing on Wednesday afternoons on the lake at Hollowell.

Stowe was represented in Junior-15 singles by new-starter Aston Rigol, who finished behind his opponent from Peterborough. In his race, Toby Blythe, lost to the fastest sculler from Peterborough, but beat another boy from Peterborough.

In the final of Junior-15 girls singles Sienna Bettany finished a close second to the winner, from Peterborough and comfortably beat the girl from Thames Scullers.

Sienna then teamed-up with Miss Trelawney-Vernon in the top event for women’s double sculls. They had a very close race with the winners from Huntingdon and had a big margin over their opponents from Bedford. Miss Trelawney-Vernon who rowed at school for King’s Canterbury and for Edinburgh and Washington Universities is keen to develop a girls’ team at Stowe

.Our Boys’ Eight of Jack Saville-Sneath, Barnaby Peppiat, Theo Finlan, Josh Green, Ed Whitbread, Charlie Cole, David Gollifer, Aston Rigol and Toby Blythe (coxing) then raced against Milton Keynes in Band 2 Men’s Eights. Our crew is a combination of 3 year groups but they rowed well and took an early lead, looking sharper than their opponents. However by halfway the adult crew from Milton Keynes drew out to a small lead. The Stoics hung on determinedly and the finishing margin was small - about half a length. It was a splendid effort and an exciting race enjoyed by all the supporters.

Our Junior-18 quad of Jack Saville-Sneath, Barnaby Peppiat, Theo Finlan and Josh Green raced against two crews from Peterborough. They found this quite tough and need to raise their fitness to compete at this level.

The day finished off with our Junior-15 quad of David Gollifer, Toby Blythe, Ed Whitbread, Charlie Cole and Hugo Comerford (coxing). They gave their opponents from Peterborough a good race and Hugo excelled, shouting himself hoarse and heard right across the lake, as he encouraged his crew on until the last stroke

.In splendid sunshine on a beautiful multi-lane lake rowing course, it was a good day’s racing, enjoyed by the Stowe parents and supporters and the coaching team of Miss Trelawney-Vernon, Mr Johnson and Mr Rudkin. We are grateful to Old Stoic, Mr Bainbridge, for advising and supporting the crews. The Stoics’ next competition is at Worcester on Saturday 5th October.