FOR the fourth consecutive year Henley Women’s Regatta, which gets underway today (Friday), has attracted a record number of entries.
The three day event will have 1,820 athletes from 435 crews competing from the UK, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Israel, Singapore, Canada, and USA.
Leander, like Henley and Upper Thames, has the advantage of home water over the 1,500m course from the start below Temple Island to Remenham Club.
Just three crews will contest elite eights, where a GB development crew, with three Leander athletes on board, will race the winner of the all American heat between University of Massachusetts and Princeton to determine the winner of the Ron Needs Trophy.
The GB eight is also racing at Henley Royal Regatta two weeks later, where they will contest the Remenham Challenge Cup. The Leander elite women’s quad, stroked by double Olympic silver medallist Debbie Flood is also looking for success in both events, but first they must get past University of Massachusetts and Saratoga, the two US clubs who make up half the draw.
Lucinda Gooderham and Debbie, the stern pair of the quad, will also contest the elite doubles this weekend where the competition also includes GB lightweight doubles hopefuls Brianna Stubbs and Eleanor Piggott of Wallingford.
At senior doubles Leander athletes Alice White and Emily Ashford are part of a large entry of 24 crews for the Rosie Mayglothling Trophy.
Racing gets underway today at 9.25am, tomorrow at 8.45am and on Sunday at 9.15am. The finals on Sunday start at 2pm.
The regatta will be screened online via a link to the regatta’s website, www.hwr.org.uk
The live stream coverage will also have the use of a drone camera providing close-up and aerial footage. There will also be three large TV screens along the course for spectators catch the action on.