HENLEY Rowing Club go into this year’s regatta buoyed by their recent wins at Reading, Metropolitan and
HENLEY Rowing Club go into this year’s regatta buoyed by their recent wins at Reading, Metropolitan and Nottingham regattas as they boast one of their strongest squads in many years.
David Read will be rowing in the Diamond Sculls for the third year having qualified in 2011 and 2013.
Read, a well decorated rower for Henley, has previously won four events at the regatta including the 2005 win in the Thames Cup.
Genevieve Bailhache-Graham is also making a return to the regatta in the Princess Royal Cup having battled through to the last eight in 2015.
The men’s coxless four of Francis Highton, Ben Crouch, Sam Agass and Dave Lambourn will contest the Wyfold Cup where they are one of the favourites having won both senior and elite events at the Metropolitan regatta.
In the Britannia Cup Henley will be represented by the coxed four of Peter Charij, Andy Pettican, Nathan Hillyer, Stan Admiraal and cox Alex Ziegler. This newly formed combination triumphed at Reading regatta just four days after being formed.
Henley also have an entry in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Cup where the club will be represented by the U23 coxless pair of Leon Redman and Brendan Edwards who have achieved success already this year at Reading regatta.
The club has seen a rise in senior men’s rowing this year following the return of Ian Desmond as chief men’s coach. Desmond was responsible for the club’s previous success in this category including coaching the winning eight in 2005 and a number of finalists in subsequent years. Â Desmond is supported by two experienced Â assistant coaches, Ian Pankhurst and Nigel Read, who is also coach to Genevieve Bailhache-Graham.