25 February 2012
Seven Abingdon crews today raced at the Reading University Head. The three J15 Eights performed exceptionally well having only been rowing sweep oar since January. The A and B crews came third against their respective opposition and the J15 Cs came in first.
The J16s competed well in the IM3 category against many senior men’s club and university crews. The boats raced well and will be in the mix against the leading J16 crews at the School’s Head of the River on the 20th March.
The 2nd Eight was looking very strong for the majority of their race but were unfortunately undone by a collision as four crews came together a few hundred meters from the finish line. With no option but to stop to avoid damage the boys were disappointed not to post a time.
The 1st Eight made a solid start to the year in producing the fastest school crew time in the afternoon division and beating perennial rivals Eton by 3 seconds in the process. The crew were 2nd to a very strong Oxford Brookes crew in the IM2 category. The result is encouraging after Eton’s victory over Abingdon at the Head of the Charles Regatta in October.
This year’s Schools’ Head of the River should provide some interesting racing as the Boat Club looks to maintain its title against strong opposition.
(Some photos in gallery: ©Iain Weir 2012 - www.iainweir.info. - www.RowingPhotography.co.uk)