He said: “The conditions were tough but we made the decision to run the course as normal rather then in reverse. We feel we made the right decision and the swimmers accepted that.”
The men’s elite race was won by Andrew Horsfall-Turner, who finished in 30 minutes and 31 seconds, with Sam Crabtree finishing second, 12 seconds behind. Rohan Vazirani came third in 32 minutes and 52 seconds.
Amy Vaal won the elite women’s race.
Mr Laming thanked the volunteers who helped to the run the event.
He added: “It all ran excellently and the team worked really together."
Henley Deputy Mayor Will Hamilton presented medals to all finishers.
The Henley Classic, which began in 2014, is the first of four events run as part of the Henley Swim series. The next event is the Henley Mile on July 10 when participants will race downstream along the regatta course.