The Old Herefordians & School Regatta 2015
On Sunday 13 September, the Hereford Cathedral School boat club once again took to the river to showcase their rowing skills in our annual OH regatta. For the second year in a row, the September weather proved to be kinder to us than expected which made for a very enjoyable afternoon of competition for both competitors and spectators alike!

The first win of the day came from Louise and Romily in the Women’s Senior Doubles after a closely fought race. The mixed J15 quad was up next won by Tobias, Phoenix, Theo and Sarah and ably coxed by Seb Cargill who managed to inspire the team to victory even in the midst of a chest infection. The J15 Mixed Double sculls raced next and Eva and Sam took the prize in this race. The Senior Boys Quad race was a very close run event with Patrick, Charles, Orlando and Josh coxed by Romily taking the lead here adding another medal to Romily’s tally and starting Patrick off on his incredibly busy racing day!

Sarah and Eva won the J15 Girls Double race both increasing their medal haul from the day and Sam took the J15 Boys Single Scull race which had been hotly contested from a very enthusiastic year group. Josh and Patrick raced ahead in the Senior Boys Double sculls to take victory from Will and Jacob. We also were able to host sibling races with some of the younger members of the rowing fraternity and this was won by the formidable pairing of Tori and Will Sykes – a future rowing partnership here! Romily finished her day with yet another medal in the Senior Single sculls race and was awarded the Millenium plate for her efforts. The competitive part of the day then finished with the award of the Symonds Cup which is the Senior Boys Sculling Prize. The final of this race ended in a dead heat and it was decided that both Patrick and James should share the honours here.

Not to be outdone by our new rowers, we had a crew of incredibly enthusiastic Skerritt family rowers who appeared in matching kit to race for our OH race. Unfortunately the OH crew that they raced against were a boat filled with fairly recent school leavers and current rowers and this proved to be too much for the Skerritt crew but we hope to see them again in future years.

All this, and we still managed to run almost to time! A fabulous afternoon was had by all in the lovely weather, with thanks due to parents for manning and supplying the cake tent and keeping everyone fed, coaches Jed and Giedre for marshalling and to our new Director of Sports, Marcus Blackburn for his masterful use of the megaphone to keep everyone informed of the races taking place. It was a wonderful day and a fantastic way for myself (as outgoing Mistress in charge of rowing) to say farewell to rowing at HCS.

Isla Whitmore (outgoing Mistress in charge of rowing)
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