The senior boys’ squad made a statement of intent in the first race of 2016, finishing second in their category at the Quintin Head of the River, a time trial along half of the Boat Race course, from Hammersmith to Mortlake.
The top VIII, picked from across the squad because of some injury and illness, finished behind only Bristol University in the Intermediate 3 category. They beat many university and adult club crews with a time of 13 minutes 14.4 seconds and were 24th overall of the 212 crews racing.
Joe Hilty competed in his first sweep race for two years after overcoming a back problem, while Will Holman stepped up as a late substitute to perform well in the bow seat. With several of its possible members moving into the top boat, though, the boys’ 2nd VIII was unable to race.
The Under-15 squad got their first taste of the Tideway – the stretch of the Thames below Teddington on which many of the major races are held – with three eights competing. All gained valuable experience and raced well despite not having been on the water for the last month because of poor river conditions caused by the recent heavy rain.
The KGS senior girls’ squad were unable to compete because the organisers limited the types of boat allowed to enter. However, recent OK Isobel Dodds raced in the Oxford University second eight that finished second in the Women’s Senior event.
The boat club competes regularly this term, with the main goal the Schools’ Head of the River, between Mortlake and Putney, on Thursday 17th March.
Mr MW Gough