at c/o Winchester College , SO23 9NA
Home of the Winchester College Boat Club.
It's that time of year again; one of the soul reasons I'm still an admin on this page: WALLINGFORD HEAD! Now, the stream is pretty bad right now so a good line could save you seconds or even minutes. You'll start at the railway bridge and the course is round about 4.8km. Your first marker will be a long bend about 500m off the start on the cox's right. Keep tight into the bank here and avoid the stream. Another 500-750m after this is what is called the S-bends. Here the stream is REALLY strong so you'll want to use steering by lightening the pressure on one side and then the other to get through nice and quick. It's a lot narrower here than the rest of the river so be careful (of course it's nothing on the home Winchester stretch!) After this is a big long straight which is about 1km long before a bend. You'll know the bend is coming because you'll pass the Brookes boat club on the cox's left. After the boat club there's another long straight about 1km long before you go under a big bridge and around a bend. When you pass under this bridge you have about 750-1km left to go. Don't be afraid to wind it on and use the rate. The final marker is the MASSIVE Oxford University Boat Club on the cox's left. When you pass that you're into the last 10-20 strokes of the race. Best of luck. If you have any questions please message Will Hall. :) See you boys there.
Wow! What a week this has been! Yesterday was absolutely amazing, so happy for the guys. They pulled out one hell of a performance and were rewarded with a more than well deserved second place at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. We are very excited for what the future holds. Huge thanks have got to go to the host families. Without their unending generosity this trip would not have been possible. Becca Genyk, please pass on the message to the rest. We can't thank you enough. Currently on the way to NYC as a post race 'culture' trip, surrounded by smiles from Boaties!
Tomorrow is the Schools Head of the River and the race will start at around 13:00. Winchester will be setting of 29th and the J16s will be at 48 in the line up. If you are coming to watch Winchester will be based at the UL boat club just off Hartington road near Chiswick bridge. Support form parents and those associated with Winchester College is always welcome (especially if food comes with it) and we all look forward to seeing many of you there. More information can be found on the shorr website http://www.shorr.org.uk
Today is the second day of national schools. Yesterday the J14s came 4th in the Oct event and the top squad made it to the premier inn at about 10:00 last night. This morning the first four narrowly lost out in getting into the semi-finals. The J16s are set to race within the next 45mins so more to follow once they've finished.
The J16's have reached the final (in two hours time) after their semi-final with Eton, St Paul's and Shrewsbury. With a time of 6:16 they narrowly lost to Eton by half a length.
Be sure to check out the Oxford Brookes Rowing stand up at Nat Schools when you're wandering around. There's some great videos of what we do and the coaches are there to talk to.
Despite having been made to qualify for Henley this year Winchester College destroyed the time trial. Starting the race at 20:10 this evening we set off 40 seconds after Whitgift and despite Harry Peters calling for them to yield, they refused to and we ended the time trial with our bow man opposite their stroke. A great start for a tough weekend.
Good luck to our four J18 GB trialists. Hugo Durward, Alex Wythe, Tobias Schroder and Dent Goodman will be travelling up to Boston (sadly not in Massachusetts) for the first water test of the GB system. It's a 5km race in small boats, all four will be racing in singles, on Saturday. They all have a very good shot and it is exceptional for Winchester to be sending so many rowers to trials.
Very sadly Joe and his partner from Shiplake, Max, didn't get through the race off for a place in GB trials. He has done a huge amount of work more than the rest of us, training with partners at BMS, Christchurch and Shiplake and attending many trials in holidays and at weekends as weel as leading us. Joe, you have so much respect from me (Freddie) and everyone else and hopefully we'll see you winning for a uni crew after your gap year.
Another quick update: Well done to everyone at Reading Town regatta yesterday, which saw wins for the j14 4x+, j15 8+ and the first eight. The draw for Henley was also announced, and we have drawn Montclair High School, USA, and we shall be racing at 09:40
Victory is ours in the J15 4x+! Not a bad way for Tobias Schroder to celebrate his birthday
A win for the j15 eight, beating Eton by a very small margin
It's gone to a photo finish between us and Maidenhead for the J15 coxed quad. Just waiting for the result...
Wallingford update this far: The j18 4+ won their final, and the j15 4x+ won their heat comfortably. Their final will be in about 15 mins time. Eights later this afternoon
The provisional results of the Schools' head are out. The j15s ended up racing it in the end because they thought they might do well, and they did! They came second in the Championship eights, something unprecedented for us, just one second behind St Paul's, who were rowing on their home stretch of water. Not a bad day out for WCBC if you ask me
Well done to those who competed at the Junior Scullery head last friday, especially the top J15 coxed quad who won (well, joint first place with Reading Bluecoats)! Schools' head here they come! Things are also going well for the first eight, who, earlier today, had their first free rate 2k erg test of the season. It must be the most people we have had either sub 6:40 or very close to it for quite some time.
Getting excited for Nat schools. The first wincoll boat to be racing, J14x+ b, will be starting its time trial any minute now
Photos from Bedford- some brilliant pain faces here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7243srazhdvn3kb/AABbUF9s_fEESkpxdRSyKaAaa#/
Nice work for all those at Wallingford today. Especially to the J16 VIII. Winning their event! Fantastic effort and very exciting for the next year! On another note, if anyone has LEFT Winchester college and wants to join the Winchester College Icena team then have a "like" of the page. It'd be great to get the new members of the club on this page too so they can update on how things are going. If YOU are a budding rower at Winchester please share this page with your buddies!
A quick roundup of Saturday's racing at Nsr. The J15s won their champ 8 semi final in a time just two seconds off the record. Then in the final they came up against a strong Eton crew and ended up taking second by about a third of a length. Meanwhile the first right had a decent start to the day in their time trial. Then in a well fought semi final they broke Reading Blue Coats with 700 metres to go to put them through to the final. The final proved to be an extremely tough race, not helped by having the most exposed lane. Despite coming 6th, they can be pleased with the result (and probable pre-qualification for Henley) given the calibre of the competition. More racing to come today: J15 A and B quads and a champ 4+
Both the J15 quads managed to gain a place in the semi-finals today. However despite a close race both crews came 5th in their respective races. All in all a great weekend for Winchester
A great success from the J16s who came second in the eights final. Despite the tough competition from Hampton, Shiplake, Westminster and St Pauls it was a 'two boat race' between Winchester and Eton with Win Coll narrowly talking the silver medal by 1.5 seconds. A great day for all and the best of luck to the J15s racing tomorrow.
Everyone had a great week last week when we returned to Figuera da Foz for this years Rowing Camp. Despite a thunderstorm on one day and some very windy afternoons the weather was sunny and perfect for rowing. Many of the guys took photos and GoPro footage, which many have put up on their own Facebook walls. The training was a great success and bodes well for the upcoming regatta season and Summer Term (Cloister Time), which starts this Tuesday evening. At the moment though the boats have left Santander and are on the ferry journey back to Britain
The Head of the River is happening today and although Winchester College are not Competing, many Alumni are. The results of the the Schools Head of the River, which many of you came down to watch (thank you), can be found online at http://www.shorr.org.uk where the J16s came 4th in their category. The Junior Sculling Head at Eton Dorney saw the J14 8x+ come 7th, their results can be found at http://www.thescullery.org.uk/results2015.html The Boat Club will be returning to sunny Figuera de Foz in Portugal and will be flying off from Gatwicks North Terminal on Sunday 12th of April (don't be late). Updates and Photos will follow when we get back.