SRC Gears up for Henley Royal Regatta 2019

Our 13 SRC athletes and three coaches have put in some seriously hard yards the last three months in preparation for Henley Royal Regatta 2019. Check out the video below to see what they’ve been up to.

Our J16 Womens Quad, (Lily Gavan, Jasmine Bowers, Lily Eales, and Sarah Abrams) were the first crew to depart, and qualified 5th fastest for Henley Womens regatta. Unfortunately, they were to face the highly regarded Headington School in the first round. The crew put up a strong fight, however fell short by one length to the eventual finalists.

The girls then had the daunting task of qualifying for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, an event for girls up to 18 years of age. The young crew again put their all out on the course, however fell short by just half a second to miss out on qualifying.

Our Britannia and Wyfold Challenge Cup crews, arriving shortly after Henley Womens, have been busy getting used to their boats and training on the Henley reach in preparation for their first races this week. All three crews had a hit out at the Reading Town Regatta, with the 4- and 4x winning all their races, and the 4+ going down to The University of York in the final.

Long time SRC member Charlie Patterson is undertaking his fifth Henley Campaign, this time for the Australian Defence force in a race for the King’s Cup to commemorate the 1919 Henley Peace Regatta. The ADF will be defending their title, after they defeated crews from the allied nations 100 years ago. The crew face The Netherlands in their first race on Thursday.

Our Wyfold crew, of Oscar Olsen, Oscar Carr-Middleton, Alex Potter, and Alex Nichol, are due to face Cambridge ’99 ‘B’ on Wednesday afternoon at 5:50pm Henley time, or 2:50am Sydney Time.

Our Britannia crew, of Dylan Boakes, Torun Olsson, Max Brenner, Tom Galloway, and cox Nick Dunlop – afforded a rest on the first day of racing – are set to face City of Bristol on Thursday, with an exact time to be confirmed at the conclusion of racing on Wednesday evening.

A further good luck must go to Miles Devereux in the Leander ‘A’ crew and Alex Pikelis in the Leander ‘B’ crew competing in the Fawley Challenge Cup ahead of joining us next season. Bryn Ellery will also be joining us next season after competing in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup in a Windsor Boys / Windsorian Boat Club composite. Freya Neville and Bella Scammell will be competing in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup for their home school of Kinross Wolaroi after laying the foundations for their season at our summer January camp.

Good luck to all our SRC members competing this week, we can’t wait to see some red boxes in the hands of some sky blue blazers.

Racing will be live streamed on Youtube, and can be found on Henley Royal Regatta’s Youtube Channel

Results Trees, indicating race times and progression through the regatta, can be found here, courtesy of our friends at AllMarkOne