Another very successful day producing three good wins for the club at a major event and from across a spectrum of the membership.
Run on London’s Tideway over a 4500 metre course from Chiswick Bridge (The Boat Race finish) to a point 300 metres below Hammersmith Bridge the race attracted over 500 entries from across the UK. Conditions for the race were not bad, but the strengthening wind made sections of the course uncomfortable.
Mixed elite title retained
First over the course for Henley were David Read and Genevieve Bailhache-Graham competing in mixed elite double sculls, the correct course is vital in tideway races to ensure maximum benefit of the fast tidal stream. Despite being forced off the best racing line by slower crews Gen and David won the event by a good margin of 12 secs
In the WJ18 Double Sculls Ella Morgan and Florence Wiggins got well away from their opposition which unfortunately resulted in them rowing in a bit of a vacuum with nobody around them to push off but despite this went on to win the category 15 secs clear of Lea RC. In WJ16 double sculls Lottie Orr and Issy Jonsson had to fight through a field of slower boats who did not always comply with the requirement for slower crews to give way and this resulted in a clash with a Lady Eleanor Holles School crew which actually brought them to a standstill. The quality of this crew though is such that they still won the category by 8 secs from team mates Mary Wright and Georgina Robinson Ranger who in turn were 20 secs ahead of third place Lady Eleanor Holles.
Competing in the women J18 pairs Georgia Edwards and Clare Pearson were again another crew to suffer from the difficulties of having to negotiate around slower crews and found themselves in very slack water coming round the bend at Barnes, but finished in a creditable third place behind very good crews from Putney High School and Mossbourne.