2015 Standard Bank SA Schools’ Boat Race

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The 2015 Standard Bank South African Schools’ Boat Race saw a total of sixteen boys Coxed Eights and thirteen girls’ Quads competing.

The event was hosted by St Andrew’s College and sponsored by Standard Bank. It truly was a benchmark for regattas in South Africa with a great atmosphere that could match that of any international regatta. Racing on the Kowie River, in Port Alfred, is a truly unique experience.

The girl’s events saw eight schools, three club crews and two composite crews taking to the water. The time trials always provides a challenge as one is racing against the clock and not against the other boats on the water. The girls placing were as follows:

A final: St Mary’s vs St Andrew’s
B Final: Holy Rosary vs St Stithians
C Final: Chisipite vs Clarendon
D Final: St Dunstan’s vs Germiston

Clubs
Composite 1 VS PGRC 1
Composite 2 vs Germiston vs PGRC 2

In the boys time trial the spread of times from 1st to 7th was closer than in most years. St Alban’s had the fastest time on the day.

A Final: St Alban’s vs St Stithians
B Final: St John’s vs St Benedict’s
C Final: Bishops vs St Andrew’s
D Final: Kind Edward VII vs SACS
E Final: Rondebosch vs Jeppe
F Final Parktown vs Grey
G Final Selborne vs Germiston

The finals saw some competitive racing in strong headwind conditions with margins staying within reasonable distances, however the closest race of the day was definitely the Boys C final with St Andrew’s College and Bishops staying neck and neck the whole way down the course. Bishops managed to edge their nose in front in the last few meters taking fifth place overall. St Alban’s proved their class with a hard-fought victory against St Stithians in the A Final. St Mary’s continued their dominance of the girls event with another victory against a game St Andrew’ School crew in the closely-contested girls A Final.

The final results for the girls were as follows:

1st St Mary’s School
2nd St Andrew’s School
3rd Holy Rosary School
4th St Stithians College
5th Chisipite Senior School
6th Clarendon High School
7th St Dunstan’s College
8th Germiston High School

Girls Club
1st Composite 1
2nd PGRC 1
3rd Composite 2
4th PGRC 2

The final results for the boys were as follows:

1st St Alban’s College
2nd St Stithians College
3rd St John’s College
4th St Benedict’s College
5th Bishops Diocesan College
6th St Andrew’s College
7th King Edward VII School
8th SACS
9th Rondebosch Boys High School
10th Jeppe Boys’ High School
11th Grey High School
12th Parktown Boys’ High School
13th Selborne College
14th Germiston High School
15th Spareman Coastal Crew
16th Spareman Inland Crew

Report by Chris Holliday