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Buffalo Results 2016

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It was a fantastic weekend for the Bishops Rowing Club. The open age group won between them 5 golds at Buffalo and Selborne sprints over the weekend.

The 1st 8 won buffalo by almost three seconds over the chasing four crews who all finished within a second of each other. The 1st 4- raced the inaugural event in style to finish four seconds clear of St Johns. The 1st 4+ did fantastically well as they finished 5th as they are a young crew and spend most of their time in the 2nd 8. While the 2nd 8 did not get to race their final due to a thunder storm but they did qualify with the fastest time so won the gold.

At Selborne sprints we entered a 1st 4x+ too which managed to upset the order of things and won an excellent race to win gold. The 4- again showed it’s strength and cruised to gold in their final.

Well done again to the crews for some excellent racing over the weekend. We are all looking forward to SA Schools Champs now 4-6 March.

For a more detailed report please look on the notices page.

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Club Update

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Please find a link to the latest club update July 2015 and a brief calendar for  2015-2016 in the notices section of this site.

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2014 Results

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WCR Ergo Regatta 2014 results

u14 – 2nd

u15 – 2nd, 3rd

u16 – 1st, 2nd

Open – 3rd

Full results above

results s.a.schools 2014 Lane Report

u14 8x+ – 4th

u14 4x+ – 5th and 7th in the semi final

u15 4x+ – 4th

u15 8x+ – 5th

u16 8+ – 1st

u16 4x+ – 2nd

u16 2- – 4th

u16 1x – 1st and 6th in the Semi

Open 2- – 6th and 7th

Open 4+ – 1st in the B final

Open Eight – 6th

Full results above

results, buffalo and selborn

Western Cape Champs Regatta Results 2014


2013-2014 Regatta Calendar

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Junior National Squad Registration

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To all the Opens (Jnr and Snr) who wish to trial for the SA Junior Squad for 2015. Please Register here before the 4th term starts.


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SA Senior Champs

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Bishops had ten boys selected for the WP Junior rowing team to tour to Pretoria for the SA Senior National Champs. They joined three Rondebosch, one SACS and two Somerset College Athletes. As a squad WP achieved some outstanding results.

JM u16 8+ – Gold

JM u16 4+ – Gold

JM u16 4x- – Gold

JM u16 2x – Gold

JM u16 2- – Bronze

JM u16 1x – Bronze

JM u18 2- – 4th

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SA Schools Champs

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SA Champs – the pinnacle of the Rowing season and the weekend that every crew across the country has been working so hard towards. The weekend started an entire week early for our 1st IV as we had the privilege to travel up a week early to train at one of our crew member’s house along the Vaal River. The weekend at the Vaal proved to be a bit tricky as the river was full of speedboats, but after enough looking we were able to find a stretch free of wakes and we were able to get some proper training done. The week allowed for some of the best training as the river was empty and apart from the odd fish or bird and our boats cutting through the water there was nothing to disrupt the glass-like stillness of it. The week of training passed in a flash and before we knew it we were in the car to our hotel by Roodeplaat where met up with the rest of our crew and the club. Roodeplaat was not the place that one wanted to be that weekend with all the rain and thunder-showers. To launch our boats we had to squelch our way through mud that went past one’s ankles and we were always on high alert to be able to get off the water as quickly as possible in the event of lightning strikes in the area. At one point on Saturday the regatta was put on hold for 3 hours because it was too dangerous to go out on the water. Despite all of this Bishops had an extremely successful time.u16 eight

1st VIII+ – 6th

1st IV+ – 1st in B Final

1st 2-s – 5th and 6th.

U16 VIII+ – 1st.

U16 IV+ -DNF excluded for technical issues

U16 4x+ – 2nd

U16 2- – 4th

U16 1x – 1st

U15 8x+ – 5th

U15 4x+ – 4th

U14 8x+ – 4th

Overall Champs was a huge success and it has been the best performance to date. Good luck to all the u16 who have been invited to trial for the South African u16 Development Tour to Ghent and to Cole Barnard who was invited to elite trials for South Africa u18.

Cole Barnard


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Buffalo and Selborne Sprints Regattas

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A smaller squad of 14 rowers raced at the Buffalo and Selborne Sprints Regattas in East 1st pairLondon over the weekend of the 14,15 and 16th of February. The opens raced as two coxless pairs (2-) and a coxed four (4+), while the u16s raced as a coxless pair, two singles (1x), coxed four and eight (8+).

The u16s won all their heats in all their boat classes, as did the open pair. The Open four just finished 3rd in their heat. As the progression use local rules and only take top two, this was insufficient for the final.

Selborne Sprints is a 500m all out sprint. The open pair, u16 eight and four all won Golds, with a close second for the u16 pair and third for the u16 single, Sven Wellman.

The Buffalo finals were rowed in very tough and slow conditions, into a head wind and incoming tide. Inspite of this the u16 pair rowed a great race to row through Grey in the last 100m to win overall. The u16 four however, had no problem in easily winning their final. Chris Gruber had a great final, finishing third. The u16 eight, straight after their four had a good race with St Johns. After a spirited last 250m where they took back a length but just lost the Gold by 0.3sec. The open pairs ended 6th and Grant Soll and Piers Johnston in 4th.

Full results can be found on the results section of the website.

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VLC Regatta

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The u15s traveled up to Johannesburg on the 24th of Feb to race at the VLC sprints oct on bankregatta. It is a 1000m sprint regatta, with very similar conditions to what they will be facing at  SA Schools Champs. We were most fortunate to be hosted by fellow u15’s from King Edward the VII School. Everyone who went up got to race in at least two events, again making it very comparable to the champs program. We were very proud to watch Stephane Pienaar win the ‘A’ singles event, beating last years SA Schools Champion in the single. Gilad Barkai and Nicholas Bowden raced commendably in the ‘B’ singles, even though this was not their prime event. Next the ‘B’ quad had a really good race winning comfortably. The ‘A’ quad had a bit more of a challenge, managed to hold off all but St Benedicts College, to finish second. The last race of the day was the Octopull. While two boats moved clear of the field it was unclear even on the finish line who had won. In the end Bishops was awarded the victory by centimeters over our hosts, King Edward the VII School. A big thank you goes out to the families and coaches from King Edwards the VII School for their help and looking after us at the regatta and in Johannesburg.


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January Camp 2014

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Each New Year holds its own promise and 2014 is certainly not short of those. Jan camp this year was the perfect example of these promises. Not only has rowing as a sport grown at Bishops but the numbers of the club have too, so much so that the camp was split into two groups with the Opens and u14’s coming up first followed by the u15’s and u16’s a couple days later. It was very encouraging yet saddening to know that there were so many boys that applied to start rowing that we actually had to limit the number of boys purely because of the limited facilities.

Camp started like any other with a lovely summers’ drive in torrential rain up to the Nerina Guest Farm in Robertson. Despite the downpour and the flooded river (again) as a result, camp started on a general upbeat.

For the juniors camp provided the right time needed to learn how to row (for those who had never been in a boat before) and to reconfirm what some of them had already learnt last year. The general standard was high and it can be owed to their 3 coaches, Julia; Rob; and Cath.

For the seniors camp was all about slipping back into routine and cementing key concepts of our rowing stroke. It also provided us with the opportunity to reflect on the past half of the season and evaluate our goals for the upcoming half. Sam has played a big role in this mental and physical preparation of us, and a thank you to Oli for assisting Sam in coaching us this camp.

Overall I’m excited for the upcoming half of the season and what is in store for the club. Every age group has stepped up to the plate, so let’s set the tone for this season at the first regatta

Cole Barnard

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Knysna Regatta

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2013 2014 octVictorious U15 Oct at Knysna regatta.

With high winds, the Knysna regatta was shortened and accommodations made to get everyone to race. This mostly affected the Seniors who were unable to race the 4+ and 2-s. However the u16s and u15 raced their big boats with exemption. The u15s won the Oct and won silver on the quad, losing to St Andrews by 1sec. The u16s won the eight and the four.

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