THE Windsor Boys' School Boat Club Under 15s quadruple sculling crew won gold at the British Junior Rowing Championships in Nottingham.

The end of the summer term signals the end of the competitive rowing season for the


but, as some crews competed at the nearby Molesey Regatta, two crews representing the successful U15s squad travelled to the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. The flagship crew were up against two dozen from all parts of the country.

A preliminary time trial over 1,500m determined the fastest 12 crews that would contest the semi-finals on Sunday. The Windsor crew of Max Griffin-Sadler (bow), Marcus Chute, Kyle Macklin and Charlie Warren (stroke), with Will Parr coxing, proved its worth when coming first in the trial by five seconds.

Each step on the way to the medals required a top performance from the crew. To qualify for the A final a top three place was essential, so there was no opportunity to rest on laurels.

The crew again dominated the field, racing over 2,000m, in a time of seven minutes and 34 seconds. The other semi-final however was won by Trentham in a time seven seconds faster.

There was a five hour recovery period before the boys were on the water again for the final. With a clear tactical plan in place, the crew boated, determined to back their status as National Schools Champions earned earlier in the season.

The conditions were tricky with a swirling crosswind a the two kilometre start and a moderate headwind along the course.

A powerful start however put the Windsor boys in control of the race, which they were able to maintain to the finish line, two lengths clear of the Trentham crew, with Grange School in the bronze medal position.

The medals were presented to the crews by Olympic and world champion medallist, Sarah Winckless.

Mark Wilkinson is Director of Rowing at Windsor Boys' School. He is currently coaching the Great Britain Under 18s quad for the forthcoming World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo next month so was unable to be in Nottingham, but he watched the racing live on the YouTube broadcast.

He commented: "The boys fully deserved this achievement having worked very hard and made sacrifices over several months.

"To be National Schools and National Champions in the same year is a great achievement and should inspire the boys to further develop their expertise in the coming years."

The other Windsor crew of Dhillon McCulley and Freddy Rosen raced in the double sculling boat against over 40 over crews and came in a very creditable seventh position overall.