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House Regatta 2019

Karen Smith

The Canford Boat Club celebrated another great year at its annual House Regatta and Dinner on Saturday 8th June. 

There was some fierce competition out on the river, and some excellent performances and very close races.  No House Regatta would be complete without a few capsizes and the shape of the river as usual posed problems for a number who had unwelcome encounters with the riverbank!    It was all part of the spirit of the Boat Club, with summer bunting, the sounds of the Poole Brass Band and Pimm’s and cream teas in abundance.

It was great to see so many rowers out on the water, from Shells to Upper Sixth.  With numbers regularly rowing currently over 100, the Boat Club plays a major part in the sporting lives of Canford pupils across the year groups.

Results of the finals were as follows:

Senior Girls Single sculls, Olivia Imms bt Lucy King by 1 length.

Senior boys Coxed Fours, Wimborne bt Salisbury by 1 length.

Junior Girls Double Sculls, Marriotts B bt Marriotts A by 1 length.

Senior Girls Coxed Fours Marriotts bt Lancaster/Salisbury by 1 Length.

Shell Boys Single Sculls, Charlie Hall bt Charles Hallam by 2 lengths.

Shell Girls Coxed Quadruple DeLacy bt Lancaster by 4 Feet.

Junior Boys Single Sculls, Archie Gardiner bt Matthew Butterfield bt 1 length.

Senior Boys Coxed Pairs, Franklin A bt Wimborne A by 2 Feet.

Juniors Boys coxed quadruple sculls, Salisbury bt Court by ½ length.

Shell Girls Single Sculls, Eliana Covell bt Isobel Heffner by 3 Lengths.

Shell Boys Quadruple Sculls, Salisbury  bt Monteacute by 1 length.

Senior Boys Single Sculls, William Galbraith bt Oliver Scudds by 1 length.


Congratulations to Salisbury House who took the overall trophy this year, but very well done to all the rowers who took part, and to the coxes who were kept very busy all afternoon from one crew to another.

Trophies and medals were presented by guest of honour and Olympic silver medallist and Atlantic and Cross Channel rower Guin Batten, who also gave an inspirational speech about her experiences and determination to succeed at the Boat Club Dinner held in the Great Hall that evening.  Parents, staff, friends of the Boat Club and pupils gathered to also hear the achievements of the year from Director of Rowing Ian Dryden, and from the Boat Club captains George Vaughan and Grace Hewett.


Ian commented:

“Rowing requires a great deal of commitment from pupils and the support of both staff and parents to make the Boat Club happen.  A massive thank you to all our members of staff both throughout the past year and with their help in the running of the day, and James Lee for his commentary.  My thanks also to Guin Batten for giving us all such an inspirational insight into her successful rowing career and the highs and lows along the way.  Finally I would like to thank all the pupils for their dedication and who have braved the chilly winter mornings to put in the hours of training needed, and to all those associated with the Friends of Canford Rowing, who give their time so generously.”

Please click on the link for photographs from the House Regatta

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