Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Juniors secure honours at Spring Regattas

HENLEY Rowing Club’s senior men and junior girls’ and boys’ squads picked up a good

HENLEY Rowing Club’s senior men and junior girls’ and boys’ squads picked up a good set of results at Wallingford regatta on Sunday, the first multi lane regatta of the season, held at Dorney and raced over the 2,000m course.

The first win of the day was achieved by the J16 boys’ quad of Lachlan Reid, Cameron Jones, Bruce Turnell and Joseph Zolkwer.

The crew got off to a good start establishing a lead of a length after the first 500m. They then worked steadily to hold off strong challenges from Llandaff RC and Wesminster School to maintain that lead and claim a place in the final.

The final was a closer affair with Llandaff being the strongest challengers again. For this race the crew from Llandaff worked hard in the first 500m to maintain a good overlap on the Henley crew, who responding to the challenge put in a fine performance to eventually win by a length in a time of six minutes and 41 seconds.

The senior men’s squad entered crews into the challenge coxless fours and the club coxed fours events while Dave Read competed in the challenge single sculls.

All three crews qualified for their respective finals, with the highest placing achieved by the coxed four of Leon Redman, Andy Pettican, Peter Chartj, Nathan Hillier and 14-year-old cox Freya Reid who finished third, just 1.3 seconds in front of Agecroft in fourth place, who coming into the last 300m were just half a second down and challenging strongly for the place.

The junior girls’ squad achieved wins in the junior eights, the J15 coxed quads, and the junior quads, and second place in the J16 quads and coxed fours.

The junior quad of Georgina Robinson Ranger, Charlotte Orr, Ella Morgan, and Lauren Kay beat local rivals Shiplake Vikings in their heat by just 0.7 seconds. In the final the Henley crew got off to a good start establishing a two-second lead after 500m, going on to win by just over four seconds in a time of seven minutes 12 seconds.

The J15 coxed quad of Sophia Hahn, Caoimhe O’Donohue, Amelia Crick and Felicity Parfitt, coxed by Emeline Warner were comfortable winners of their event, beating Headington School by a margin of 10 seconds.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the other sections of the club racing at Marlow Spring Regatta over a 1,000m downstream course, with crews racing three abreast on a course with some gentle bends. Conditions of the course were difficult towards the later stages with a strong tail wind making conditions choppy over the last 250m. The club entered 35 crews across age groups from J13 to Masters E and achieved 12 wins, with a further six crews in second place.

The J13 and J14 squads won the boys’ and girls’ coxed quads in both age groups, with the J13 boys also winning the double.

The J15 boys coxed quad of Balthasar Issa, Henry Peters, Tom Crook, and Oliver Taylor, coxed by Sam Bell completed a good weekend for the junior boys, winning their event over perennial rivals Windsor Boys’ School.

The girls’ J15 coxed quad of Bobbi Miles, Phoebe Fletcher, Jessica Arlett, and Esther Morgan, coxed by Freya Reid completed a clean sweep in the junior coxed quads events.

Two crews achieved a notable milestone in their rowing career by winning their novices events. Ross Taylor, 18, won novice singles while Debbie Mason and Sevim Gencer, from the women’s masters squad, won the women’s novice doubles event, beating crews from Eton Excelsior and Kingston Grammar School.

Mason and Gencer are recent graduates of Henley’s Learn to Row course and were pleased to have won at their second attempt, in what was a closely fought battle from start to finish.

The woman’s Masters E quad of Valerie Bennett, Linda Thomas, Helen Knowles and Helen Turnell completed a good day for Henley with a win over Marlow RC and Walbrook. The women’s Masters crew were almost joined in the list of wins by the men’s Masters D quad, who having got off to a quick start establishing a half length lead over a crew from Maidenhead after the first 10 strokes, held on to that lead for 950m until the last 10 strokes, when the Henley crew caught a crab in choppy water and the positions reversed, giving local rivals Maidenhead a narrow victory.

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