Choate boys rowing "Thames Group XIII" recently traveled to England to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta. The boys were entered in the Prince Albert Cup (4+) and the Princess Elizabeth Cup (8+) and began training immediately following the end of classes. On campus training consisted of a whole team stay at the Kohler Environmental Center and training on the Connecticut River out of Wesleyan's Macrombe Boathouse. The time state side also included a day trip to Salisbury for a joint practice and a trip to Philadelphia for the 8+ to compete in the National Schools Regatta, in which they placed an impressive third for day four in the eight.
After spending 10 days on campus the team flew to England to begin a 19-day stay in Henley-on-Thames preparing for the Royal Henley Regatta. The eights' result in the National Schools Regatta was sufficient to qualify them for Henley Royal, but the four was required to race the qualifying time trial. After a strong showing at Marlow and winning an event at the Reading regatta, the four was able to pull off a top time to qualify them for racing. This is rarely done by a high school four since the event is open to university and U23 club crews. Both the 8+ and the 4+ unfortunately drew some of the stronger competitors in both of their events and only raced one round each.
The boys overall executed their races well and came away from the experience having learned a lot and with significant speed. We were also excited to be able to watch Lenny Futterman '10 win the Prince of Wales Cup with a quad from the Schuylkill Navy. The boys look forward to taking their experience and using it toward furthering the success of Choate Rowing. - Coach Patrick Guelakis