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Henley Royal Regatta - Sep 10, 2021

Toughest year I have known for rowers with so much training at home through the lockdowns. The senior boys have trained extremely hard, two or three times per day across the last twelve months. To get back to the racing through the regatta season has been great!

 

After excellent results at the National and British Junior Rowing Championships hopes were high going in to Henley Royal Regatta, the most prestigious regatta in the world, and always our main target. With an excellent squad two boats were entered and the second boat of Matty Sadler, Max Griffin Saddler, Charlie Ingham and Dylan James racing superbly well at the Henley Qualifiers, and qualifying to Henley Royal Regatta, where they went on to win two rounds racing with excellent composure and technical maturity. The technical accuracy and maturity of racing was a more like watching a first boat at times, and the crew rightly, were very proud of the way they raced, as was their coach!

 

The first boat of Max Bird, Marcus Chute, Charlie Warren, and Jacob Ioras qualified automatically following their performances across the season.

 

And they went on to race supremely well through the early rounds making the semi final where they raced Leander Club in perhaps the race of the whole regatta, bow to bow through much of the race and eventually pulling through to win and make the final. It is well worth a watch at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laDhyk1fwh4

Going into the final we were very much the underdogs – the crew raced really well in the but sadly were out powered by Tideway Scullers Rowing Club who where a year older and also had the most powerful athlete Great Britain has ever seen for this age in it. Losing hurt a lot – the crew were very disappointed for sure but it will only serve as a motivator going forward as they start training again this week.  These boys have trained extremely well as have so many of the boat club boys across the year – very proud of them all and we will be back!

 

Mark Wilkinson
Director, Rowing

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