Ceilidh Prizes

Among all the prizes we have three fantastic items.  A signed T-shirt by the GB Women’s squad, A Polo signed by the GB Mens squad and a Tank Top signed by formed pupil Callum Mcbrierty.  Hope to see all rowers on Friday night!CUgpvLdWsAEl1NU.jpg-large.jpegCUhOg5gXAAAChBP.jpg

Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Championships 2015

At the Scottish Schools Indoor Rowing Championships on Friday, Fergus Mainland won boys S5 2000m, Anna Buchanan came joint first in girls S2, Lachlan White won silver in S2 boys and Ben Carruthers won bronze in S6 boys.

The relay teams placed 2nd in 3 events, and 3rd in one other.

The Open Boys (Fergus Mainland, Ben Carruthers, Alex Chisholm, Euan Dickerson) demolished the field to be beat 2nd place Heriots by just under 30s. They defended the title won last year.unnamed-5.jpg

Inverness Head and Fullers Fours Head of the River

Fullers Fours Head of the River
A group of athletes from the senior squad traveled to London on Friday to compete in Fuller’s Head of the River Fours 2015. Both the crews racing, the WJ4+ (Julie McDonald, Lauren Cory, Monica Tandon, Abigail Thorley and Amy Holt) and the J4x- (Fergus Mainland, Alex Chisholm, Ben Carruthers and Euan Dickerson), put in a performance that they were pleased with. The WJ4+ placed 6th in their event and the J4x- placed 12th. Again, more encouraging results from both crews.
Inverness Head

Watson’s had a strong presence at Inverness Head over the Halloween weekend. The boat club won seven events and placed 3rd or 2nd in a further 12. The wins came in the following categories: Novice 4x+, WJ18 4x, WNov 4x+, J14 4x+, R2 1x, WJ18 4x and the J18 4x.

The J18 4x posted the third fasted time of the whole weekend, and Ben Carruthers (S6) was the second fastest single sculler overall

GWC win Wylie Cup

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September George Watson’s College Boat Club raced at the Scottish Schools’ Head of the Canal races, on the Union Canal from Dullatur to Auchinstarry Basin. Over the course of the weekend there were some excellent results, the most notable being GWC BC winning the Wylie Cup for the fastest school crew.

On Saturday both senior fours placed highly, with the girls’ coxed four of Lauren Cory; Monica Tandon; Hannah Watson; Amy Holt and cox Julie McDonald (all S5) winning the Schools’ Under 16 pennant; and the boys’ coxed four of Fergus Mainland (S5); Alex Chisholm; Ben Carruthers (both S6); Euan Dickerson and cox Hannah Watson (both S5) winning Boys’ U16 Schools event.

The boys then raced again in the Open Division with Finlay Aitken (S4) coxing.  They finished the second fastest crew overall, winning the Open U16 pennant and beating the Aberdeen U-18 coxed four that were selected to represent Scotland at the Home International Regatta in July into the bargain.

The Beginners’ and Novice squads also gave some very encouraging performances in the Open and Schools’ J14 boys’ and girls’ coxed quads.

On Sunday the Open Junior Quad (same athletes as in the coxed four) were again the second fastest overall crew and the fastest School crew, winning the Wylie Cup. The girls’ crew of Lauren Cory (S5); Hannah Knowles (S5); Kirsten Simpson (S6) and Amy Holt (S5) won the Schools’ WJ18 quads event; and the under-16 crew of Hannah Watson (S5); Marisa Chisholm (S4) and Monica Tandon (S5) (joined by a substitute from George Heriots) were the fastest Girls’ Under-16 crew. Monica Tandon (S5) won the Open Girls’ under-16 single scull.

The Beginners and Novices squads again performed well, with Aidan Poon (S4) and Juan Castellanos (S3) winning the Schools U-15 double sculls event; and Rory Mainland and Peter Demyanov (both S2) winning Open U-14 double sculls.  Anna Buchanan (S3) won the Open Girls under-14 single scull.

Summer Racing

Summer Racing

Every year the rowing season ends with the British championships and The Home International Regatta. However this year was different.  
Five of the J16 Colt Squad set off to Nottingham to attend the annual selection process for the GB/France match. The coxed four, Alex Chisholm,Ben Carruthers, (both S6) Fergus Mainland Euan Dickerson and cox Hannah Watson (all S5) performed very well in a championship field in tough conditions won by Eton College.
The four rowers were joined by Duncan Kuwall (S6), James Stevenson, Alasdair Watson, Oliver Fenton and cox Rebecca Moore (all class of 2015), to race at the highly prestigious, Henley Royal Regatta. The crew made history by becoming the first Scottish junior VIII to qualify for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, the pinnacle event for schoolboy VIII’s from all around the world. The crew rose to challenge however lost out to a better crew in the preliminary stages. Watson’s were beaten by semi finalists Radley College who weighed in at two stone a man heavier.
At the British Championships at Strathclyde Park Watson’s entered 7 crews. The girls J15 4x+, Hannah Watson, Hannah Knowles Abigal Thorley all S5J16 2x raced well in tough categories. Katy McDonald (class of 2015) placed 7th in the WJ1x. The WJ16 coxed four, Lauren Cory, Monica Tandon, Amy Holt, Catriona Mackinnon and cox Julie McDonald (all S5) finished a creditable 4th place in their first sweep race.
The J16 boys bounced back from GB France trials to win bronze. Yet again though the VIII was the centre focus. The crew, unchanged from HRR won silver in the blue riband event, junior eights rounding off a great 2 months training. In the race they beat Kingston Grammar School, the fastest non qualifiers for HRR.
Five athletes were selected to represent Scotland at the Home Countries Regatta. Oliver, James, Alasdair and Rebecca were selected to row the junior coxed four. Katy was in the junior women’s quad and double.

The Season Begins

This Website will have up to date information  about race reports for the GWC Rowing Club.  Please also follow our twitter account @watsonsrowing for live information about the club.

Last Year Our Senior Boys VIII made history by being the first Scottish VIII to ever qualify for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.  This is a brand new season with brand new goals.  We cannot dwell on previous memories, new ones must be made.