Monday, 18 December 2017

Festive eights contest

HENLEY ROWING CLUB staged its traditional competition for eights on Boxing Day.

HENLEY ROWING CLUB staged its traditional competition for eights on Boxing Day.

In warm, dry but breezy conditions, six scratch crews took part, match racing over around 400m.

The crews are selected so that each crew had representatives from all sections of the club, giving some very close and competitive racing.

The first race suffered what appeared to be an equipment failure when the junior girl stroking the boat lost her seat during the first stroke when it became jammed on the sliders.

Despite having only seven rowers the crew recovered and finished within half a length of their competitors. The race officials decided against a rerun as they could not find a fault with the seat.



The remaining four races needed to establish the champions were without any further mishaps.

The final was won by around half a length, whereupon the crews gathered in the bar for the presentation to the winners.



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