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May 13, 2015

Rowing: Munich, Chiswick, Bedford

Five of the 1st VIII represented Great Britain (as part of a sweep team of 14) at the International Junior Regatta at Munich last weekend.

This was the largest contingent from any school and the largest from St Paul’s for 12 years. The boys raced in a mixture of fours and pairs on Saturday, and on Sunday David Ambler, Seb Benzecry and Freddie Davidson (all Year 12, Lower Eighth) raced in the top GB eight, winning a bronze medal. Marco Hughes (Year 13, Upper Eighth) and Alfred Jacquemot (Lower Eighth) raced in the four, finishing 4th. The boys now return to row in the 1st VIII, focussing on National Schools’ Regattain two weeks.

Meanwhile, the 2nd VIII raced a Borne at Chiswick Regatta, comfortably winning their final against Cygnet, a senior men’s crew, and the J14 squad (A, B, C Octuples), J15B VIII and C IV raced at Bedford Regatta. After a scare in round one, the J15B VIII progressed to the final against Abingdon, winning convincingly. The J14s raced both in Quads and Octuples, with some boys racing up to eight times in the day. At the end of the event, we had won the J14 1st Octuple, the J14 2nd Octuple, the J14 1st Quad and the J14 2nd Quad.

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