Tuesday, 03 August 2021

How to race at the royal regatta

SIR Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent know how to race at Henley.

SIR Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent know how to race at Henley.

Between them they have won 36 events at the royal regatta. Sir Steve, the five-times Olympic champion and now the regatta chairman, has won 22 events at the regatta. He has never lost a race here, except as a sculler.

He says: “The perfect race is 10 to 15 strokes off the start as hard as you possibly can. Get that boat moving up and then you’ve got to settle down into your pace. If you don’t get into that cruising pace you will not last the  distance.

“Because it’s side-by-side you have also got to make sure that you don’t give your opposition the upper hand, so don’t let them have an easy lead. You have got to fight for it all the time so you may have to put a little more energy than you want in the first half to make sure that psychologically you have broken the other crew.”

Sir Matthew, the four-times Olympic champion and now a steward at the regatta, has won 14 events at Henley.



He said: “Executing the perfect race will be about pacing the race, steering it really well, getting your tactics right and making sure you win — and those four are very difficult to combine.”

“In my career I probably managed it twice!”



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