HENLEY Rowing Club had a strong representation at both the Walton and Weybridge regatta and Weybridge
HENLEY Rowing Club had a strong representation at both the Walton and Weybridge regatta and Weybridge ladies’ regatta.
At Walton and Weybridge on Saturday the club had boats in masters, senior men and women categories. The event was held over an 850m downstream course with crews racing two abreast.
The first outing of the masters mixed eight crew of Mike Hornsby, Sally Robson, Sarah Davies, Phil Davies, Fiona Yates, Christine Lewis, Jiri Rasek and Barry Redman, coxed by Susanna Venn saw them up against Walton.
The home-based crew had a fast start and quickly established a lead, which by the half way mark had stretched to one length. Henley put in a final push to the line with 150m to go and rapidly closed the gap but the Walton crew hung on to win by one foot. Henley’s best result of the day came from the women’s coxed four consisting of Fionnuala Barnes, Nathalie Atkinson, Olivia Ford and Hannah Smith, coxed by Katie Parker. The crew comfortably beat Gravesend and then Kingston by two-and-a-half lengths.
The final was a closer affair but Henley continued their winning streak with a one-and-three-quarter length win over Eton Excelsior in a time of three minutes, two seconds.
The following day at Weybridge ladies’ regatta athletes competed over a 900m upstream course.
Niki Orr performed well in her single sculling event and comfortable won the novice event. Members of the winning women’s coxed four from the previous day were also back on the water in doubles where Fionnuala Barnes and Hannah Smith defeated team mates Nathalie Atkinson and Olivia Ford in the final.
The women’s masters quad of Margaret Hall, Karen Wade, Caroline Cryer and Julia Lock and double of Debbie Mason and Sevim Gencer put in a good performance in their event while the girls’ J14 and J13 quads convincingly beat off competition from Walton, Weybridge and Guildford.