Henley Masters, Senior and Junior crews were out in force over the weekend and returned with a haul of medals from Reading Town and Egham regattas.
The Masters coxed four of Lenny Roe, Barry Redman, John Foddy, Lucas Jones and cox Alicia Redman competed in the A Novice event at Reading Town Regatta. Racing over the 800m upsteam course in once of the closest races of the regatta, the Henley Masters went bow ball to bow ball with Eton Excelsior for the first 600m. In the last 200m, the Eton boat took the lead, only for the valiant Henley rowers to make a push in the final 15 strokes to win with a half length advantage.
In the IM3 single sculls, Ranulph Steiger raced successfully through the first round against Molesey and Reading Rowing Clubs, though lost narrowly in the final against Rob Roy Boat Club and BTC Southampton Rowing Club.
The WJ14 octople of Caitlin Copland, Eve Poulter, Tilly Lock, Charlotte Moss, Ruby Brown, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Issy Jonsson and Gemma Sarney as cox comfortably beat Sir William Borlase and Great Marlow School in a straight final.
The WJ14 coxed quad of Amelia Fielding Smith, Tilly Lock, Charlotte Moss, Eve Poulter and Ellie Crook as cox beat crews from Bryanston School and Great Marlow School in their semi-final before defeating crews from Bryanston and Emmanuel Schools in their final.
Several of the girls then rowed up a year in the WJ15 category. The coxed quad of Ruby Brown, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Issy Jonsson and cox Gemma Sarney beat two Walton quads in their semi-final and a further Walton and Great Marlow School crews in the final.
At Egham Regatta on Sunday, the J14 and J13 squads won another 3 events.
Ruby Brown, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Issy Jonsson and cox Gemma Sarney beat crews from Molesey, Surbiton High School and Hinksey Sculling School over three rounds to win the WJ14 coxed quad event.
In her first race since suffering injury earlier in the season, Rhian Edwards competed in the single sculls to race a final against Staines Boat Club. Leading by over 2 lengths, the Henley WJ13 sculler commanded the 650m course with ease to take Henley’s second win of the day.
The J13 boys coxed quad of Oliver Taylor, Tom Crook, Henry Peters, Jack Spiers and cox Joe Edwards provided the third Henley win of the regatta. Winning by a canvas over a very strong Marlow crew the boys won in the last race of the day.