Rowing success at Henley
Headington’s Boat Club is celebrating after an incredible triumph at Henley Women’s Regatta.
Read a full report from Phoebe, Captain of boats, below.
Henley Women’s Regatta 2021 was a great chance for the club community to come together to watch and compete in some exciting racing. We had six crews entered across the competition racing across all three days. Unlike the usual 2,000m multi-lane racing, Henley Women’s is a side-by-side event held across 1,400m (1,500m usually) which creates a fairly unique and exciting racing experience.
On Friday evening, the time trials for both the J16 Coxless Quad and J16 Coxed Four occurred where both crews performed a strong race. The Four only marginally missed out on qualifying by six seconds after a competitive time trial. Saturday morning saw the other four Headington crews taking part in time trials in the Single, Double, Coxed Four and Eight. The results from the time trial had the Coxed Four entering heats in fifth position while the Eight won their time trial, allowing them to be seeded straight into the quarterfinals.
The Four went on to race in the heats where they competed in the fastest race of the round. Despite a well rowed and fought race, they narrowly missed out making it through to the quarter-finals.
Going straight into the quarterfinals, the Eight had a strong race and crossed the finish line 3 ½ lengths ahead of their opposition. They then managed to maintain this success into their semi-finals where they produced another winning race which led them into the final. In the final, the girls managed to gather a strong lead early on which grew further throughout the race to an impressive lead across the finish line to take the win, with the crew being awarded the Peabody Cup 2021.
Henley Women’s Regatta was also a great opportunity for the club community of rowers, alumni, parents, and friends of the club to finally be able to attend and support at an event. After being strongly missed it was great to have all the spectators and support from the river bank as the crews came down the course.