Henley Sculls took place on Saturday 6th November. Over 450 crews (split over two divisions) entered to compete over the 3000m course from the Management College to the Royal Regatta finish. Whilst not as blustery as the previous week for the Upper Thames Autumn Head, the wind was still challenging and picked up throughout the day making it particularly difficult for the youngest scullers who set off at the end of the second division.
HRC had the largest entry with 71 crews competing, 42 of which were single scullers. Henley were also the most successful club with 8 wins, 7 coming from the Junior Girls.
The Club won all three of the Junior girls singles events. Laoise O’Donohue winning WJ18 with Nonnie Luke in 2nd, Ailish Harkin in 3rd and Pippa Jamieson in 4th. Gwennie Hunter dominated the WJ16 event beating Saunders from Evesham by 50 secs, with another 7 Henley girls filling places 4 to 10 in this heavily contested event.
In their first ever single scull race Lilya Wild sculled really well in the difficult conditions to take first place in the WJ15 event followed by Jessica Mack in 2nd and Florence Short in 4th. Lilya and Jess also competed together to win WJ15 double sculls with Florence and Holly Fuller coming second.
Henley also took first and second in WJ16 double sculls, Ella Dickson and Florence Lenthall taking first ahead of Sophie Eltze and Ruby Roger. In the quads sculls the WJ14’s took 1st and 2nd in their event repeating last weeks double. The quad of Mima Butterworth, Molly Hall, Chloe Hughes, Charlotte Tong and cox Florence French, won in a time of 13:59mins, 54secs ahead of their teammates Lucy Green, Lilian Graham, Martha Dickson, Evelyn Meeks and cox Amelie McDavid.
Competing in Women’s quads the juniors of Josie Sawbridge, Ailish Harkin, Laoise O’Donohue, Nonnie Luke where over a minute quicker than 2nd placed Sudbury RC. The Henley men’s crew of George Eden, Richard Hume, Oliver Stephens and Rupert Singfield won the top event, open quads, with a time of 11m 9s which was also the fastest time of the day.