Henley Rowing Club’s Junior girls continued their successful season with two wins at the first of this seasons major tideway heads, The Fours Head, winning both junior girls quad for the second year in succession, and coxed fours for the second time in 3 years. Strong winds and heavy rain made for an uncomfortable race with the last mile of the four and quarter mile boat race course being rowed into a strong cross head wind and on very bouncy water.
The girls quad of Ella Morgan, Lauren Kay, Lottie Orr and Flo Wiggins, despite some difficulty with slower boats and a boat stopping crab through Hammersmith bridge had a comfortable win of 13 seconds over local rivals Shiplake Vikings. The coxed four of Lily Stimpson, Georgia Edwards, Clare Pearson, Issy Jonsson with cox Rebecca Lister experienced no incidents and had an even more comfortable winning margin of 24 seconds over another local rival Sir William Borlase School. With clubs only allowed to enter one crew in each of the junior events Henley’s other junior girls had to compete in the senior events. In Women’s Intermediate one quads the crew of Tilly Lock, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Mary Wright and Emma Lister finished ninth in a time of 21:18 which would have given a very creditable fourth place in the Junior event. In Women’s Intermediate two coxed fours, Alice Jones, Grace Johnson, Eve Poulter, Ruby Brown cox Anna Roe after having to resolve a major problem with their rudder on the way to the start finished in a time 23:02 which would have also put them in fourth place in the junior event.
The senior men were also represented in the IM1 coxless fours event. Chris Mitchell, Dave Read, Stan Admiraal and Andy Pettican finished 7th of 43 entries and were the highest finishing club crew from outside the London region.
The Junior Boys quad of Bruce Turnell, Harry Farley, Joe Zolkwer, and Cameron Jones finished a well placed 15th of 38 entries. The Henley crew comprised three J16s and one J18 racing against boys who were mainly one or two years older. The experience gained in the difficult conditions by the younger boys will help them in future events on the tideway over the next two seasons where they will be looking for much higher placings.