Establishing a world-class Boat Club

Rowing at St Paul’s continues to flourish, with over 90 members in the Boat Club. The 2017 quad, winners of the National sculling regatta, qualified for Henley Royal Regatta, as one of the fastest British quads. From that group, three students have been recruited to row in the US: Nicola Lawless (’17) at Virginia, Aurelia Cowan (‘18) at Brown and Lara Vault (’17) at Princeton. The final member, Helen Kirkpatrick (’17), rowed at the U23 European Championships this summer and continues to row and study at Imperial College. Over the summer, Avery Louis was selected to row for GB at the Junior European Championships, winning bronze in the women’s 8+. She has been recruited to row by Stanford.

In domestic races this year, J16 and senior crews made A finals of National schools and two Paulina crews made the semi-finals of Henley Women’s in composites with Tideway Scullers School. For the first time U14s are also able to join the Boat club and row in their PE lessons, over 60 LV girls took advantage of the free sessions last year.

The Boat Club is very excited, due to the generosity of the rowing families, to have added three new boats to our fleet: two single sculls and a new Filippi coxless quad. The coxless quad purchased by the parents collectively is named after our High Mistress ‘HM Fletcher’. Whilst the new singles were named by the Strong Family (’19) ‘Long & Strong’ and by the Raghaven Family (’19) ‘Little Lord Rocco’. New weights equipment was also donated by parents of current rowers, part of the ongoing support that we are thankful for.

We are delighted that Old Paulinas Maxie Scheske and Jen Ehr were both selected for the 2015 Oxford University Women’s Crew, which was to win the first ever Women’s Boat Race and complete the same 6.8km Tideway course as the men’s crew. At Rio 2016, OP Zoe de Toledo competed as the women’s cox for Team GB, winning a silver medal, one of the highest accolades for any rower and athlete.

In May 2016, we completed the Boat Club order for an Empacher 8+, which arrived just in time for National Schools’ Regatta and the summer season of training. Christened Kallenike, a Greek word meaning ‘fine in victory’, this flagship complements the new 4 single sculling boats and the two Filippi boats, a 4+ and 2-. Funded by generous donors, the singles are named AlexandriaKP RedshiftSheldon and Catalyst.

Thank you to all donors who participated in this exciting campaign, we look forward to reporting on the continuing success of SPGSBC at competitions throughout the year.

Pictured below: Three new boats awaiting unveiling outside the Garden Building