Rowing as part of a crew develops a team spirit found in few other sports. The rigours of training also teach skills such as time management, organisation and application.
Our boathouse is on campus and opens straight out onto the Thames, site of the historic Oxford–Cambridge Boat Race. The Boat Club trains and races all year round. Local races take place roughly every fortnight, offering the chance for you to pit yourself against crews from other clubs and schools. Later on in the season, national regattas take place, notably the National Schools Regatta and, the pinnacle of any rower’s career, Henley Royal Regatta.
There really is no limit to what pupils can achieve with the club, with victories at local, national and even international events. Every year, several members of the Boat Club trial for the Great Britain junior squads, frequently getting the opportunity to represent GB at one of the junior international regattas held around Europe in the summer.
This year St Paul's won the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, breaking records along the way.
"The crew equalled the Barrier record, beat their own Fawley record and then destroyed the course record by 11 seconds to win in a time of 6:06. The best schoolboy crew. Ever."
- Henley Royal Regatta report above on the final, Sunday 8 July
Six Pauline rowers became world champions at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Racice, Czech Republic on 12 August 2018.
The achievements of rowers from St Paul’s do not end when they leave the School. If boys want to carry on rowing at university, rowing at SPSBC provides them with an excellent foundation for this. Many students have gone on to represent their universities, including Oxford and Cambridge in the Boat Race.
In 2018, two OPs achieved triumphant wins for Cambridge in the 2018 Boat Race. Freddie Davidson (2011-16, left) rowed stroke for the blue boat and Piers Kasas (2009-14, right) rowed for Cambridge’s 2nd boat ‘Goldie’.
'There's no way either Piers or I would be where we are without the fantastic programme headed up by Tom Killick, Bobby Thatcher and all the other coaches whilst we were at school!' - Freddie Davidson
That's not all, a select few even go on to row at senior international and Olympic level.