The Pain and the Pleasure: HWR Results

Pic 1 J.2x Marlow RC bt Bewl Bridge RC, time: 05:52, verdict: easily.
J.2x Marlow RC bt Bewl Bridge RC, time: 05:52, verdict: easily.

Tim Koch writes about this year’s Henley Women’s Regatta:

Goldilocks would have liked the finals day of the 2015 Henley Women’s Regatta. The first day, Friday, was too hot and the end of the second day, Saturday, was too wet – but Sunday was ‘just right’ with good conditions for competitors and spectators alike. Twenty-eight one-on-one, first-past-the-post finals produced the predictable mixture of elation and disappointment that the conclusion of any such long anticipated contest brings, especially for those finalists who had travelled from overseas. Three crews had come from the United States and one each from New Zealand, the Netherlands and Norway. Sadly, those who had made the trip from Australia, Canada, Belgium and Israel had been knocked out earlier. Ultimately though, only one trophy went abroad when Stanford University from California beat Leander by a canvas in the elite quadruple sculls. Two-and-a-half hours earlier, Leander’s elite double scull had also lost, this time to a Reading University/Sport Imperial composite. Both of the Pink Palace crews contained Debbie Flood, the 35-year-old double Olympic silver medalist, and lightweight Francesca Rawlins. The host town’s honour was salvaged by Henley Rowing Club who reached four finals and won three. Perhaps the most thrilling race of the day was in the Junior Single Sculls where Lucy Glover of Warrington beat Robyn Armstrong of Bedford Girls School by one foot.

Pic 13.  Perhaps the penultimate stroke of J.1x where Glover of Warrington beat Armstrong of Bedford Girls School by one foot in a time of 6:26. Logic and this picture suggests that Glover probably won on the surge of her last stroke.
Perhaps the penultimate stroke of J.1x where Glover of Warrington beat Armstrong of Bedford Girls School by one foot in a time of 6:26. Logic and this picture suggests that Glover probably won on the surge of her last stroke.

The Blue Riband event, the elite eights, saw a crew containing all but two of Oxford’s victorious 2015 Boat Race crew (including U.S. two times Olympic gold medalist, Caryn Davies) beat Brown University from Rhode Island, USA, by a convincing 1 1/2 lengths. Some would argue that the most prestigious win should in fact be elite singles, in which case the honour would go to Laura Wheeler of Nottingham RC who won by four lengths. Her next races are the Princess Royal at Henley Royal and the prestigious Dutch event, Holland Beker. There was a dramatic end to the Senior Eights race in which Oxford Brooks beat A.A.S.R. Skoll by half a length. The bow rower of the losing Dutch boat collapsed after crossing the line and was hastily taken away by a rescue launch. She later recovered satisfactorily. There was more excitement of the unwelcome kind when a hired motor boat entered the course from a gap in the booms and started to head down the racing lane towards an oncoming event. Fortunately the racing boats were still a few minutes away and the oblivious day-trippers were directed to leave whence they came, perhaps unaware that they had nearly received the twenty-ninth prize of the day – the Darwin Award.

Pic 2  E.2x Reading Univ/Sport Imp bt Leander 05:20 Easily
E.2x Reading Univ/Sport Imp bt Leander 05:20 Easily
Pic 3  E.Lwt.4x GLU/EHU/RDU bt Durham Uni BC 05:09 1/2L
E.Lwt.4x GLU/EHU/RDU bt Durham Uni BC 05:09 1/2L
Pic 4  E.Lwt.1x Wallingford RC - Stubbs bt  Agecroft - Lewis NTT 3L (pictured after the race).
E.Lwt.1x Wallingford RC – Stubbs bt Agecroft – Lewis NTT 3L (pictured after the race).
Pic 5  J.8+ Headington Sch bt Kent School BC NTT 1/3L
J.8+ Headington Sch bt Kent School BC NTT 1/3L
Pic 6  S.4+ Thames RC bt Exeter Univ 05:30 3L
S.4+ Thames RC bt Exeter Univ 05:30 3L
Pic 7  E.Lwt.2- Imperial Coll bt Thames RC 06:05 5L
E.Lwt.2- Imperial Coll bt Thames RC 06:05 5L
Pic 8
A.4+ Univ of London BC bt Newcastle Univ 05:37 2-1/2L
Pic 9
C.8+ Lea RC-A bt City of Cambridge 05:22 1-1/2L
Pic 10  S.Lwt.1x Wallingford RC-Hart bt Auckland, NZ-Stehlin 06:14 3L
S.Lwt.1x Wallingford RC-Hart bt Auckland, NZ-Stehlin 06:14 3L
Pic 11  A.8+ Durham Univ BC-A bt 32 Nottingham Univ 05:05 1/3L
A.8+ Durham Univ BC-A bt 32 Nottingham Univ 05:05 1/3L
Pic 12  S.1x Henley RC-Bailhache-Graham bt Agecroft-Salt 06:15 2-1/2L
S.1x Henley RC-Bailhache-Graham bt Agecroft-Salt 06:15 2-1/2L
Pic 14  S.4x Gloucester Hartpury bt Maidenhead RC 05:19 5L
S.4x Gloucester Hartpury bt Maidenhead RC 05:19 5L
Pic 15  J.4x Surbiton High Sch bt Latymer Upper Sch 05:28 3L
J.4x Surbiton High Sch bt Latymer Upper Sch 05:28 3L
Pic 16 J16.4 Nottingham RC/St Neots bt Henley RC 05:30 3L
J16.4 Nottingham RC/St Neots bt Henley RC 05:30 3L
Pic 17  J16.4+ Henley RC-A bt Marlo RC 05:44 3-1/2L
J16.4+ Henley RC-A bt Marlo RC 05:44 3-1/2L
Pic 18  S.8+ Oxford Brookes Univ bt A.A.S.R Skoll NED 04:57 1/2L
S.8+ Oxford Brookes Univ bt A.A.S.R Skoll NED 04:57 1/2L
Pic 19 The bow of A.A.S.R Skoll collapsed at the end of the S8+ race and was taken ashore for medical treatment.
The bow of A.A.S.R Skoll collapsed at the end of the S8+ race and was taken ashore for medical treatment.
Pic 20  S.2x Molesey BC bt UTRC 05:47 5L
S.2x Molesey BC bt UTRC 05:47 5L
Pic 21  J.4+ Reading RC bt Shiplake Vikings RC 05:41 1/2L
J.4+ Reading RC bt Shiplake Vikings RC 05:41 1/2L
Pic 22  C.4+ Henley RC bt 97 Royal Chester 05:38 1-3/4L
C.4+ Henley RC bt 97 Royal Chester 05:38 1-3/4L
Pic 23 E.1x Nottingham RC-Wheeler bt Agecroft-Granfield 06:03 4L
E.1x Nottingham RC-Wheeler bt Agecroft-Granfield 06:03 4L
Pic 24  E.Lwt.2x UL/Molesey BC bt Wallingford RC 05:34 1-1/4L
E.Lwt.2x UL/Molesey BC bt Wallingford RC 05:34 1-1/4L
Pic 25  E.4x Stanford Uni USA bt Leander 05:09 Canvas
E.4x Stanford Uni USA bt Leander 05:09 Canvas
Pic 26  E.8+ Oxford University bt Brown Uni BC-A USA 04:50 1-1/2L
E.8+ Oxford University bt Brown Uni BC-A USA 04:50 1-1/2L

Apologies to those that I failed to photograph:

E4- CUWBC /NEW/BAU bt Brown Uni BC USA 05:04 Easily

E.2- Norske Studenters/Durham Uni bt Tees/Newcastle Uni 05:32 3L

TA.1x Cantabrigian-Connon bt Sudbury RC-Brown 04:42 Easily

Photography © Tim Koch

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