DESPITE the wind making conditions difficult on the National Watersports Course at Holme Pierrepont, the 2016
DESPITE the wind making conditions difficult on the National Watersports Course at Holme Pierrepont, the 2016 Junior Inter-Regional Regatta provided a spectacle of racing for more than 900 junior rowers from around the country.
Thames Upriver, for which Henley Rowing Club provided 12 of the 24 crews, won the girls trophy, in which Henley provided eight of the 12 girls’ crews, and the overall trophy for the fourth consecutive year.
More than 100 schools and junior clubs formed the 12 regional teams to contest the 24 different categories for 14 to 16-year-olds.
Competitors all got two side-by-side races with the results from the morning racing being used to seed crews into A and B finals ensuring close and exciting racing. The format of the competition allocates points to all finishing crews with the highest placed crews contributing the most points towards their regional total. Two new trophies were presented this year, one the CUWBC Bowl for women’s eights donated by Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club which was won by the Henley girls’ J16 octuple sculls of Rebecca Lister, Alice Jones, Grace Johnson, Issy Jonsson, Phyllis Barter, Eve Poulter, Tilly Lock, Ruby Brown and cox Ella Nolson. Just 15 minutes earlier the bow four of the eight had picked up gold in the J16 coxless fours.
Also picking up a second medal were Ruby Brown, Phyllis Barter and Eve Poulter when they were joined by Bobbie Miles, one of the clubs J15s, to get the bronze medal in the WJ16 quads.
Other wins came from the Henley WJ14 quad of Hazel Drury, Georgia Brown, Amber Weller, Freya Jonsson, cox Ella Shute and the WJ15 coxed four of Sophia Hahn, Amelia Crick, Felicity Parfitt, Caoimhe O’Donohue and cox Freya Reid.
Tilly Lock and Mary Wright secured bronze in the WJ16 double sculls, Wright also picking up bronze in the WJ16 single sculls.