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Inter Schools Regatta 2021

On 22nd August 2021, the Inter Schools Regatta took place on the river Dee, more commonly known as the ‘Henley of the North.’

Eight school crews competed on the traditional 200 metre stretch from ABC to the ASRA boathouse. Aberdeen Grammar School were the strong favourites with the J18 Boys 4- in the crew, fresh from their silver medal at National Schools. However, they weren’t without competition , namely the well-established Albyn School. Albyn FP’s include Sam Kelso, Conrad Forbes, Robert Powell and the Beeson brothers. With previous Inter Schools’ wins under both Grammar and Albyn belts, the competition was on.

There were many exciting races during the day, which was atypically warm and sunny and for the first time in a while, crowds were able to gather and cheer on the quads. Live commentary was also provided by ASRA athletes to give a unique insight into the crews racing and this was paired with a magnificent barbecue and spread provided by our parents and coaches.

After a competitive afternoon of back-to-back races, the final arrived consisting of race-off between Albyn Green and AGS. Nerves were high, and an adrenaline fuelled sprint saw the “green team” cross the line in first place, to claim the Elliott Cup for Albyn School. .

Meanwhile, the Inter Schools Trophy (the beginners’ trophy) was awarded to Tamara Brew, Henrik Gundersen, Louisa Benson and Grace Watt for what was an outstanding start to their rowing careers at ASRA.

Finalist Zoe Beeson from Albyn Green commented: ‘Looking back, winning the hardest competition of the year ( against our own ASRA team-mates) was a great way to end the season.’

Will the rivalry continue? Or will the new influx from schools across Aberdeenshire and City such as Cults Academy, Portlethen and Kemnay create a new spectacle in August 2022?

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