Head of the River 19th March
Henley’s Senior Men competed in the Head of the River Race on Saturday finishing 46th overall from an entry of over 300 crews. The Men’s squad has recently increased in size to 16 members.
The squad is still the development stage, so is looking forward to a very competitive showing during the regatta season.
Vesta Vets Head of River 20th March
Finishing off a busy few days for the Club several of the Masters competed in high level composite boats at the Veteran’s Head of the River Race on Sunday 20th March . However, for the first time in the Club’s history it was able to boat Masters Men’s and Masters Women’s crews comprising crew members of variable rowing experience starting from ‘learn to row’ to national level.
Masters D Crew
The Club had entries in the Master’s D age category (average age of crew over 50 years) for both men and women. The men’s crew of Mike Hornsby, Rob Berrington, Jeremy Sidgwick, Simon Morgan, Jiri Rasek, Ian Mills, Alastair Harsant, and Barry Redman coxed by Susanna Venn, finished 153rd overall from an entry 219 crews, and finished in the bottom quarter of their age group, but were extremely pleased with their performance having decided to enter the race only 7 weeks ago. None of the crew, including the cox, had every raced on the tideway before and 7 members were novice.
Six of the eight rowers are graduates of Henley Rowing Club’s Learn to Row courses, including 2 who first got in a boat less than one year ago, showing that age is not a barrier to enjoying rowing.
The crew also suffered some disruption during the build up to the event, losing two of its members to injury and illness, including the Stroke during the week before the race, meaning that the crew who raced had only one outing on Saturday morning to prepare and adapt to a new member and a new Stroke. During the race the crew rowed consistently and efficiently, and having been passed by a couple of quicker in the early stages found themselves rowing in a vacuum for the rest of the race, but managed to maintain their efforts finishing in a commendable time of 22 minutes and 26 seconds.
Women’s Masters D
The Women’s Veteran D crew of Valerie Bennett, Linda Thomas, Margaret Hall, Catherine Mangan, Emma Alvey, Louisa Clarke, Helen Knowles, and Helen Turnell coxed by Erin Wysocki-Jones finished ninth in their category from an entry of 16 in a time of 23 minutes and 3 seconds.
The crew had limited time on the water and made good use of the gym facilities to focus on fitness, strength and conditioning as well as speed work on the ergos to develop crew rhythm in the boat. Coach Karl Reid said this was an excellent performance of which the crew should be proud.