This year saw yet another increase in competitors for our annual inter-house competition, with races for Boy's and Girls in five age specific categories, holding separate divisions for experienced rowers and beginners.
Races were held every 2 minutes for nearly two hours, so spectators witnessed epic battles, with competitors showing great enthusiasm and steely determination.
Race of the Day had to be a dead-heat between two boys from the Henley 2020 squad, W. Hua and J. Wei, Newton House Year 11s, both near exhaustion at the end of their race, still managed to give each other a heart felt hug, out of mutual respect. This is a perfect example of the ultimate team spirit and intense camaraderie found within rowing.
As rowing continues to grow at school, with our new boat house becoming a 'Centre of Excellence' , this event was a great opportunity to showcase our top rowers and identify hitherto unidentified talent.
The last two races were made up of each age category winner for their 'House' coming together to race in the Grand Finals. With five members in each team, this was now a real test of individual strength and technique, combined with sound tactics, as they came together to race as a team 1500m.
The girls final saw the lead change place several times, with quick change overs being critical to maintain speed, with 300m to go, Somerville raced home with their strongest rower and managed to push home worthy winners.
The boys final was incredibly close for the first 1000m with Turner House setting the early pace, but the tactics of a very strong 'Scott House' team soon paid off as they opened up a substantial lead. The rest of the field were left to fight it out for minor places and of course House pride.
This year The Winners Medals were personally sponsored by the Head of Rowing embossed with the now famous Wycombe Abbey School, CZ, message 'Growing Through Rowing' .