In very blustery conditions on Saturday 6th February Maidenhead RC sent a large number of Juniors to Hampton Head on Saturday with 17 all-Maidenhead crews competing plus Victor Kleshnev and Abbie Bird racing in composite double scull pairings (and therefore for time only) in preparation for the forthcoming GB Junior trials. The course length is normally 3000m but it was shortened by 200m to avoid the section at the end which was most exposed to the wind.
The WJ15 coxed quad of Beth Sinnott, Izzie Bird, Olivia Webster, Millie Holgate and Cox Toby Goodhew took the first place prize in a huge and competitive field of 25 boats, finishing 3 seconds ahead of Latymer Upper School who were in second place. A really composed row from the girls in difficult conditions.
The J18 quad of Victor Kleshnev, Edoardo Marshall, Elliott Kemp and Sean O'Mahony took second place just 4 seconds behind Northwich RC who had previously won the prestigious Fours Head - an excellent result. Edoardo and Elliott also combined well in the J16 double scull for another second place, just 2 seconds behind the winners and 10 seconds in front of the third placed boat.
There were very commendable rows right across the squads.
- The WJ15 Eight (Beth Sinnott, Izzie Bird, Olivia Webster, Millie Holgate, Beth Anderson, Esme Smith, Georgia Howell, Lena Tomasik Cox: Toby Goodhew) came 5th out of 11 in its first ever race. A great opening effort in this boat.
- The WJ14 Quad (Alexandra Hollis, Polly Bennett, Jess Stavropulous and Esther Coomber, coxed by Oliva O'Mahony) came 5th out of 16 - a very big improvement from previous results.
- The WJ15 doubles (LenaTomasik/Natalie Ashbrook) and Beth Anderson/Esme Smith) came 7th and 10th respectively out of 12 - again a good effort from very inexperienced crews.
- The other WJ15 quad (Olivia O'Mahony, Alexandra, Polly, Natalie. Cox: Naomi Ross-Masson) came 23rd, but this was an inexperienced crew with two WJ14s in the boat.
- The WJ18 quad of Talia Antioco, Millie Hyde, Rosie Harris & Eliza Bennett with three 3/4 crew racing above their age group placed 14th of 21 crews narrowly missing out on an overtake at the finish line!
- The WJ16 double scull of Rosie Harris & Naomi Ross-Masson despite having not trained together in this combination put out a brilliant race to place 6th out of 11.
- The WJ18 composite double that raced was the combination of Abbie Bird and her doubles partner Izzy Taylor from Marlow RC. The girls will be competing together in Boston on 20th February for the second round of GB Junior Trials. Due to entering as a composite, the girls had to race "time only" but their time would have seen them rank 7th out of 23 crews, an encouraging result for their first race together.
- J18 quad: Charlie Collins, Jordan Felstead, Liam Doodson, Jonny Sneller took 12th position out of 22 - a very good result for a very lightweight crew.
- J16 quad: Harrison Rowe, Lewis Downie, Sergio Collett, Ben Stepney (with 2 boys racing one year up and started rowing only last summer) were 11th out of 22.
- J18 double scull: Victor Kleshnev raced with his new partner for the February GB trials from Sir William Borlase school, Joe Wolfin. That was their first race together and
they raced for time only and with their result would have take the 7th place out of 19 competitors.
- J18 double scull: Charlie Collins and Jordan Felstead took official 8th place, Jonny Sneller and Liam Doodson were 12th, James Leatherbarrow and Lewis Spurling - 18th.
- J16 double scull: Edoardo Marshall and Elliott Kemp rowed very well and got the 2nd place, missing just 2 seconds on winning and 10 seconds ahead of the third place.
- J16 double scull: Harrison Rowe and Ben Stepney raced in absolutely new boat for them were 5th out of 11 crews, excellent result for this new crew combination.
- J15 double scull Sergio Collett and Lewis Downie worked very hard, mastered steering very well in the challenging weather and were 5th out of 7 competitors in this category.