Sunday 19th May 2019 saw Henley Rowing Club crews competing at Maidenhead Junior Regatta. The event is targeted at the younger and less experienced crews with the oldest age group at the event being 16, it then specifically has categories for those that have been rowing for less than a year and for whom it is likely to be their first regatta. The regatta is two abreast side by side racing over 500 metres finishing just downstream of Maidenheads Brunel’s brick rail bridge and uses a repechage format so that crews losing in the first round get a second chance. Henley had eight crews competing all of whom got to finals and four of the crews winning finals.
The J13 squad was the most successful at the regatta with the girls winning all three of the WJ13 events on offer. Anna Merrit, Tabitha Hall, Florence Lenthall, Freya Weiser cox Katia Loggie won the top banded WJ13 event beating Great Marlow School by 2.5l in the final. In the band 2 event due to the large entry this was split into two divisions, Emily Simmons, Gwennie Hunter, Ruby Rodgers, Ella Dickson and cox Esme Davis beating Maidenhead RC in the final to win Div 1 and Evie Bell, Ella Presswell , Lisanne Schoenmakers, Pia Butcher and Cox Roey Acton beating Lady Eleanor Holles BC to win Div 2. Not to be out done the boys J13 quad Pascal Giret, Noah Lowe, Theo Szweda, Alfie Reineke and Albert Butler cox won the top boys event beating Guildford RC by 5l in their final. In the final of the band 2 event for J13 boys Monty French and cox Charlie Williams, where joined by three girls Molly Pitts, Daisy Janes, Mimi Dal Largo lost by 2l to Maidenhead RC.
In the band 1 event for J14 boys Ewan Sleep, Connor O’Shea-James, Matthew Provoost, Louis Swinburn-Johnson and Kiran Drennan cox lost narrowly in the final to Great Marlow School.
For the J15 girls, Karima Erbolat, Livvy Bogdanovic, Amelia Sterjo, Lilly Piaseki and Milly Short cox lost to Claires Court School BC in the final of the Band 1 event and in the band 2 event after leading at halfway Sophie Habershon, Abilene Artherton, Lauren Stokes, Natasha Ward and cox Esme Davis lost to Fulham Reach BC.
The success of all these crews meant that Henley topped the points table and took home the cheque that went with winning the Victor Ludorum for most successful club at the regatta.