The Royal Army Physical Training Corps Rowing Team produced some excellent performances at the 2017 Joint Service Regatta.
For the first time in the Corps’ history, the ServiceSport sponsored team entered the event in the Novice 8 category and finished ahead of the competition.
After an impressive performance rowing in a coxed quad and smaller boats at the Army Regatta in June 2017, the team made the decision to learn how to row in an eight in order to compete at the JSR. The fact that it was the first time the RAPTC had raced in an eight at the JSR made the win even more memorable.
The eight-man crew were: Capt Tom Sawyer, Capt Stu Jackson, WO2 Scott Pollock, WO2 Dunc Southern-Naylor, SSgt Brett Steels, Sgt Emile Cilliers, Sgt Martyn Potter and Sgt Bobby Charlton.
The team also competed for other categories with great performances against extremely strong and well-drilled Navy and RAF crews. Sgt Cilliers and Sgt Potter claimed first place in the Wintech Novice 2X, Capt Sawyer and WO2 Pollock finished 2nd in the Masters 2X, Capt Jackson and WO2 Southern-Naylor sealed third place in the Open 2X and Capt Jackson/Capt Sawyer/WO2 Pollock/WO2 Southern-Naylor were second in the Coxed 4.
The RAPTC rowing team have enjoyed a successful 12 months and now have their sights set on the civilian River Head Races through the autumn and winter.
Congratulations from everyone at ServiceSport.