Henley Women's Regatta 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017 - 5:07pm

Henley Women’s Regatta (Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June 2017) is one of the major events for the boat club calendar seeing our young athletes compete against the best crews from across the country as well as a strong contingent from abroad. This year saw Headington compete over all three days of the regatta.

Headington has a strong recent record at this extremely competitive event having won the Schoolgirl’s coxed four in 2013 and then the Eight in 2014, 2015 and 2016; the boat club entered six crews into this year’s regatta looking forward to some close racing and hoping to add to our previous successes.

All of the races were streamed live on YouTube and have mostly been posted on the Henley Women’s channel, I have embedded links to the races in the report below along with the time index for the relevant race in brackets.

The West End ARA Trophy for J16 Coxed Fours

Headington entered two crews into this event. The 2nd four of Sophie, Tarien, Sasha, Anouk and cox Isabelle had a good race in the qualifying time trial on Friday evening but could not break into the top 8 crews that made up the main draw.

The 1st four; comprised of Emily, Alice, Cordelia, Rachel and cox Elizabeth, raced well in the Friday time trial to take a place in the quarter final (3:05) on Saturday against Great Marlow School which they won in fine style by two and a half boat lengths. Sunday morning saw Headington take on Marlow RC for a place in the final but despite a strong row the girls were unable to overcome the crew from Marlow, defeated in the end by two boat lengths.

The Nina Padwick Trophy for J16 Coxless Quadruple Sculls

The Headington crew of Grace, Leith, Charlotte and Zakira had an excellent performance in the qualifying time trial on the Friday evening booking a place in the quarter final (3:15) on Saturday afternoon where they were handed a tough draw against a Cambridgeshire based composite crew who took the race by two and a half boat lengths

The Peabody Cup for Junior Eights

Two Headington crews were competing in this event over the weekend. The 2nd crew of Louise, Elizabeth, Grace, Alice, Jodi, Holly, Bethany, Alexandra and cox Madaleine were drawn in the 1st Round (13:19) against a Grange School & King’s School Chester composite. The girls had a great race finding a strong rhythm but were unable to overcome the composite crew.

The 1st eight of Hannah, Anna, India, Lucy, Matilda, Isabel, Frances, Elizabeth and cox Annelise received a bye to the quarter final (11:43) against Lady Eleanor Holles School which Headington won by one and a quarter boat lengths; setting up a semi final (0:00) on Sunday morning versus Buckingham B&N School from the United States which Headington won by the same margin.

The final (0:00) saw the girls take on a crew from St Paul’s School, also from the United States; who had come to the UK on the back of an undefeated racing season in America. After falling behind at the start of the race Headington found a strong rhythm and came through to take the lead in the closing stages and eventually winning by half a boat length in a course record time of 4:51 and completing the triple crown for the boat club for the fourth consecutive season.

The Chairman’s Trophy for Senior Quadruple Sculls

With Henley Royal Regatta just around the corner Headington entered our top quad into the senior event which would see Danielle, Mattea, Rosanna and Katie competing against elite adult; club and university crews. Headington safely progressed through the time trial on Friday morning to take their place in the 1st round (9:00) of the main draw against Guildford RC who they were able to overcome by several boat lengths. Saturday’s quarter final saw the quad take on a crew representing the University of London with the girls taking victory by one and a half lengths.

The semi final on Sunday morning was a match up with Oxford Brookes who after a great start took a length lead after a third of the race distance, but Headington executed a fantastic come back to take victory by one boat length (breaking the course record in the process). The crew from Tideway Scullers were the opposition in the final (4:53) which turned out to be one of the races of the weekend. Headington took an early lead which they held for the majority of the race but were unable to hold off a late charge from Tideway Scullers who took the final by just three feet setting a new course record in the process. The Headington crew’s performances over the weekend were extremely good in what was an incredibly competitive field and we look forward to seeing these girls compete at Henley Royal Regatta at the end of the month.

Old Headingtonians

It was fantastic to see several Headington alumni competing at the regatta this weekend.

Sasha Adwani (leaver in 2014) was coxing the GB U23 eight which was competing in the Elite Eights category winning their semi final against Northwestern University (USA) before losing in the final (0:00) against an excellent Ohio State University (USA) crew.

Lydia Currie (leaver in 2016) was racing for Edinborough in the Senior quadruple scull event, progressing to the semi final where they were defeated by the eventual winners from Tideway Scullers.

Isabel Lingard (leaver in 2015) raced in the Senior Double Scull representing Exeter University, progressing though the time trial and into the main draw where they were defeated by the eventual winners.

Isabel Pullinger (leaver in 2016) was part of the Leicester University eight (racing as Nottingham & Union RC) who qualified for the 1st round (9:06) in the club eights event; the first Leicester crew to ever qualify for the main draw at Henley Women’s

Jessica Pope (leaver in 2013) was in the stroke seat of the Bristol University eight which had a fantastic regatta; reaching the semi final of the Academic Eights category.

Ella Flanagan (leaver in 2015) coxed the Bath University crew in the Academic Coxed Four event who progressed to the quarter final.

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