Henley Senior and Junior squads gave a strong showing at Wallingford’s Regatta held at Eton Dorney on 3rd May.
Strong Junior Squad results
The WJ16A coxed four of Lily Stimpson, Anna Roe, Katy Claridge and Georgia Edwards coxed by Rebecca Lister secured a place in the final where ultimately they were bettered by Lady Eleanor Holles to second place. The WJ16A Quad of Ella Morgan, Lauren Kay, Clare Pearson and Florence Wiggins produced another fine win in their category, building on the success of Fours Head last year. Growing junior talent generated more fantastic results as the WJ15’s battled the increasing wind to finish 1st and 3rd in their quad event. Georgina Robinson Ranger, Mary Wright, Eve Poulter and Ruby Brown coxed by Gemma Sarney took first place over their crew mates in the event. The WJ17 4+ crew of Emma Lister, Lauren Edwards, Hattie Orr and Ellie Thompson coxed by Rebecca Lister dominated their event triumphing despite the windy weather that had them race in a time trial format.
The Junior Boys J15 4x+ comprised of Anthony Howe, Cameron Jones, Bruce Turnell, Joe Zowlker and Lachlan Reid coxing. They came 2nd in a 6 boat final to a strong Windsor Boys crew, but sculled with skill and aggression to be well clear of the rest of the field. Two of the J15s Cameron Jones and Bruce Turnell rowed up in a crew in Sch 4x- with two J17s Harry Farley, Lucas OvsYannikov in a crew hit by injury. Despite this the crew was, quite remarkably, up with the high calibre field for much of the heat, but could not quite sustain the effort, fading to 4th of 5.
Senior Women triumph
As the inclement weather took a turn for the worse, results from earlier heats dictated the final results and other crews raced in time trials for their placings. As a result Geneveieve Bailhache had to settle for 2nd in the Women’s single sculls despite facing the worst of the weather in Lane 1.
Following their 2nd place in the Challenge coxless category earlier in the morning, Gold was awarded to Senior Women Cat Kay, Rachael Alder, Alice Bentley and Amanda Hynes coxed by Alicia Redman in the Women’s Club Coxed Four based on the results of the heats held earlier in the day. Victoria Carver and Elizabeth Williams were disappointed not to be able to race in a Lightweight category at the Regatta due to lack of entries but battled the worst of the weather in the open weight doubles category just before side by side racing was cancelled for the day.
In the senior men’s squad, David Read came 4th in his heat of the Challenge sculls narrowly missing the final, as did the pair Stan Admiraal and Matt Higginson. Andy Pettican came 8th in the field of Challenge Single scullers with no opportunity to better his position as the weather brought a close to the day’s proceedings.