WITH overcast skies and the threat of rain in the air, the schools boat race finals took place on the Kowie River last Saturday with hundreds of spectators lining the river banks to support their favourite school teams.
In a repeat of last year, the women’s final was between two Johannesburg schools, St Mary’s and St Andrew’s School for girls, who faced off for the title. The race was no walk over, but St Mary’s had the upper hand from the start and slowly pulled away from their competition until, at the flag, St Mary’s won by four boat lengths.
This was St Mary’s third consecutive win and the school’s fourth final in as many years.
In the men’s final, with sweat pouring down their faces from the strain, King Edward VII School (KES) managed to gain the upper hand in what turned out to be a very strenuous race against St Andrew’s College, with KES making the line just ahead of their opponents.