Fours Head 2017 – Junior Coxed Fours Review

Whilst much has been made about the new British Rowing competition structure of late, the junior events served up some good racing over the championship course with the a tailwind producing some good times and close racing.

 

The J18 4+ was won by St Paul’s for the 5th consecutive year by 18 seconds from Radley College in 2nd. This is a superb result for the second ranked St Paul’s crew on the day, though the depth of the senior squad at the school mean that every member of the crew was in the National Schools’ Regatta winning 8 from last season. I have a suspicion that St Paul’s could really be one to watch, even at this early stage they seem to have serious speed and under Bobby Thatcher they are only going to get faster. They became the first male school crew to win both junior men’s events in the same year and come the summer the St Paul’s 1st VIII will be one to watch. Radley College pipped Shrewsbury School for 2nd with Eton College coming 4th under the guidance of new coach Mark Fangen-Hall. Radley College are looking very strong at this stage as these were mixed boast that raced on Sunday showing great depth to their squad. It’s worth noting that the Eton boat suffered a 5 second time penalty for impeding whilst overtaking and without this they would have finished 2nd. All the crews you would expect to place well did so, with no real surprises though a special mention goes to Norwich School finishing a very commendable 6th place beating the likes of Westminster, Latymer Upper and Shiplake.

 

The first Tideway race has proved what many may have been thinking in that St Paul’s are a force to be reckoned with. Other crews will be happy with the days work whilst other will feel they have work to do. However it is only early days and I’m sure all crews will attack their next training block with these ideas firmly in their minds. Next up for lots of these schools, Wallingford 4s and 8s at the end of November.

 

A full table of the (provisional) results can be viewed here below: