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Monday
Jul032017

Henley Royal Regatta

The club was fielded six boats, and had members in a further three composites, at Henley Royal Regatta.

Sunday

The club was extremely proud to be represented in three finals.

The Wyfold Challenge Cup was won Sport Imperial, while the Princess Grace went to the Dutch national squad, racing as Hollandia Roeiclub, and the Ladies' Plate - by just three-quarters of a length - to Oxford Brookes & Taurus.

Saturday

The under-23 composites both secured their places in Sunday's finals, and were joined by the Wyfold four, who were led at the barrier and at Fawley by UTS Haberfield, but rowed the Australians down through the enclosures to win by two-thirds of a length.

Friday

Following a clash and re-start, the Wyfold four beat KARZ De Hoop from the Netherlands by four lengths, but the Thames Cup eight lost by just canvas to Agecroft. The Fawley A quad lost to Maidenhead, the Princess Grace quad to a Wallingford/Agecroft composite and the TSS/Tyrian boat to Leander B.

Club members also raced in two prospective under-23 boats. Saskia Budgett was in the Warrington/Nottingham Princess Grace crew that recorded an easily verdict over Oxford Brookes, and the same result went to the Molesey/London Ladies' Plate crew with David Ambler on board.

Thursday

The TSS/Tyrian crew had an early start in the Prince of Wales, recording an easily verdict over the University of Queensland. The two Club boats both had wins over Cambridge clubs, and in the Fawley TSS A beat Clonmel of Ireland. TSS B, however, lost to the selected Claires Court, who went on to the final, and Niall went out to J. B. Stimpson in the Diamonds.

Wednesday

All crews progressed through their first-round races, with the Thames Cup eight taking down the selected Riverside Boat Club (USA), and the selected Wyfold crew finishing a length up on Norway's Christiana Roklub.

Qualifying Races

For the first time in the club's history, three quads were entered in the Fawley Challenge Cup. As coach Chris Williams said, 'The crews were something of trailblazers. There were a total of 14 crews to qualify from 48, so a tough competition. The A crew (Luke, Cameron, Marcus and Laurence) qualified and must have been quick as they were subsequently selected; the B crew (Alex, Will, Sam and Alfie) also qualified, the only J16 boat to do so; while the C boat (a recently formed crew of John, Ambrose, Stefan and Albie - who came up from the J14s) were 13th of the non-qualifiers. This is also the first time we've ever had a selected crew in the Fawley, or had two crews racing.'

Also qualifying were Niall Kenny in the Diamond Challenge Sculls (as reported in the Irish Times); the HWR-winning quad of Fran Rawlins, Olivia Uguz, Georgie Grandfield and Mimi Carlton in the Princess Grace; and a TSS/Tyrian composite in the Prince of Wales.

The Remenham entry (including eight of the nine members of the HWR Club eight) did not qualify, and the Wyfold four suffered a broken rigger shortly after the start of their race and were unable to complete the course.