TWO crews from Henley Rowing Club took part in the Woman’s Eight Head of the
TWO crews from Henley Rowing Club took part in the Woman’s Eight Head of the River Race last weekend.
Conditions during the race were harsh with a cold northerly wind and occasional rain and hail making conditions choppy in places.
Henley’s junior crew were given a start number of 25 after a good performance last year. The crew of Lauren Kay, Lily Stimpson, Ella Morgan, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Georgia Edwards, Clare Pearson, and Issy Jonsson, coxed by Emma Lister, put in an excellent performance finishing third in their category, and 13th overall.
Their time of 20 minutes and four seconds was just 11 seconds behind Headington School and the winners Cus Milano Lombardia, from Italy.
Henley’s second boat was entered in the novice category and competed against 80 other novice crews from universities and clubs.
The crew was comprised entirely of girls from junior 15 squad and were second fastest novice club in a time of 21 minutes 17 seconds. They were also beaten by only one novice university crew, so finished third fastest novice crew overall.
The crew of Bobbi Miles, Esther Morgan, Caoimhe O’Donohue, Ruby Borg, Jess Arlett, Sophia Hann, Felicity Parfitt, and Amelia Crick, coxed by Rebecca Lister, were exhausted, but happy, having finished the race with such a good placing in their category and 68th overall.
This was the longest race that they have competed in so far, made all the more difficult by the two-hour wait time that crews who set off further down the start order have to suffer. The girls J15 squad now look forward to competing in the Schools Head in mid-March, looking to go one better and win the J15 girls pennant.
The Upper Thames senior women’s crew finished in 44th place, up 23 places on last year. The masters women also had a good row, nearly retaining their overall masters title from 2015.
The race was notable for difficult conditions between Barnes and Hammersmith with a strong hailstorm breaking out in the middle of the course, making life tricky for the senior women.
One of the crew, Hollie Bartlett, who only started rowing in January, said after the race: “That was amazing fun. I come from a swimming background and am used to the water but I may as well have swum that course, I’m soaked.”
The club is sending four boats to a regatta in Amsterdam this weekend.