The Ch2x competition for the Fox Tankard takes place on Sunday of National Schools. With Champ Quads taking place the day before, this event is often comprised of those crws broken down for a day of racing in small boats. This can throw up some unexpected results but will definitely provide some exciting racing. A preview of who we believe could be in contention for medals...
The first contenders are Henley RC- Connor, with a 2nd place at the Junior Sculling Regatta and a strong 3rd place at Pairs Head. Next up is Hinksey-Clark, made up of half of their speedy top quad. There aren’t masses of results for this combination, but at Avon Spring Head they were the fastest double of the day and so can be expected to do well here.
Leander’s two doubles are next, with their successful quad splitting into two crews. This should make them fast, regardless of if they are matched crews or a true A and B line up. Maidenhead’s quad has also split into two crews, one stroked by Harrison Rowe and one by Elliot Kemp. Maidenhead-Rowe won at Pairs Head last October, so could be expected to very well due to their racing experience and past successes, if this is the same combination. The Maidenhead squad will be formidable opposition, with three scullers racing at Munich Regatta and Harrison Rowe taking the win at JSR in his single.
Tideway Scullers- Hill came first in the J17 2x event at JSR, and TSS’s junior successes this year suggest they have the potential to do very well. Despite being in an older category. Windsor Boys School have one double entered, stroked by Sam Bodkin, and this crew came first at both JSR and Wallingford. This demonstrates their ability to race consistently well on consecutive days, and so I predict that they will be right in the medals mix on Sunday.
Crews with fewer results but could put in a good shift on Sunday include Globe-Richardson, who came 5th at Pairs Head, Henley-Taylor who made the A final at JSR, Lea- den DUN, who won bronze at JSR, Peterborough-Collins who came 3rd at JSR and followed this up with 2nd at Wallingford, and finally Walton-Wilkinson.- Alice