Two KRC coxes were selected for the England squad for the Home International Regatta 2016, held in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 23rd July.
Adele Hing (KRC Senior Men's Cox) was selected to cox for England (Senior Men's 4+ and 8+). Scott Cockle (KRC Junior Cox) was selected to cox for England (Junior Men's 4+ and 8+, along with other GB Junior Triallists from Claires Court School, St. Pauls School, Hampton School, Bedford School and Canford School).
Conditions at Cardiff Bay were tricky, with a strong cross wind and rough water and narrow lanes to contend with. The Senior Men's 4+were up first and led from the start and sat ahead of the field for the entire race. They dealt with the rough water well and had a very strong 500m, fighting off the Irish crew in the last 300m to win by 3/4 length.
Scott was up next in the JM4+, in a tight race between all 4 crews in the middle of the race, it was eventually between Ireland and England for Gold. Scott's crew rowed through the Irish in the last few strokes of the race to win by 0.5s. The JM8+ race saw England trailing behind Wales until the last 500m when they started to pick up speed through the middle push and went to row through Wales with 250m to go. They won by 1 length (3s).
The last race of the day was the Senior Men's 8+. England led once again off the start, to sit comfortably in front of the field in the first half of the race. Pressure started to mount in the last 500m as both the Scottish and Irish crews started to come back. Scotland put up a great fight to come back at England in the last few hundred metres, but England responded and managed to fend them off, to win by 1/4 length.
England won both the Senior Men's and Junior Men's categories. Full regatta results.