Henley Town and Visitors Regatta – August 2013
The first regatta post-HWR for most the senior women was at Henley once again!
Enjoying being back on the Henley stretch, the WIM3 4+ took to the water in the morning to compete in their semi-final. Henley T&V is run as a 3-lane river regatta and their semi final involved us, Barnes Bridge Ladies and Auriol Kensington. After a great deal of faff attaching (not by Birmingham) we finally started the 800 m race. A good start and we took a very early lead, but unfortunately the other two crews converged and we were called back to the start. More faff (again, not by Birmingham) followed but with confidence from their first race, BRC made a controlled start to pull away level with Barnes Bridge. Barnes managed to stick with BRC for a few hundred metres, but were soon undone by the wind and conditions and BRC stormed through, eventually moving the rating and pressure down to win the semi final easily.
The final of the WIM3 4+ came next after a very speedy turnaround due to earlier faff. Birmingham lined up on the start, sandwiched between City of Oxford and Llandaff, both of whom had won their semi finals of three. The race started and CORC managed to get an early lead of ½ a length. Birmingham dug deep and managed to pull level in the middle half of the race, and then a huge push for 20 saw them pulling away, eventually winning by 1 ¼ lengths. Being a large entry race, the WIM3 4+ took home two points each and were given a very large trophy, great work!
In the afternoon, the same crew competed in the WIM2 4+ category. The final was against yet another City of Oxford crew, and Birmingham paddled to the start knowing that this could be a tough race. The start was called and CORC pulled away to half a length again. Taking confidence from their earlier race, Birmingham used the first 400 m of the course to draw level with the CORC crew, who continued to push hard. With 300 m to go, a racing restart was called and the response from the Birmingham crew was to pull out by ¼ of a length. Building on this, further pushes and a lot of hard work eventually gave Birmingham the win, by 1 ¼ lengths.
Straight after this success came the WIM2 quad. A scratch crew, this was the first women’s coxless quad to go out since Bedford Head in October. The row up was fairly tidy, and the crew lined up on the start next to Marlow, who had competed earlier in the WIM1 quad category. Unfortunately, Marlow were just too fast, and the Birmingham crew was beaten by 5 lengths. However, a great effort for a new crew, and something to build upon for Stourport Regatta.
The crews were:
WIM3 4+ S Tasha Scott, 3 Emma Raynor, 2 Lisa Meegan, B Beth Parker, C Vicky Jones
WIM2 4+ S Tasha Scott, 3 Emma Raynor, 2 Lisa Meegan, B Beth Parker, C Silvia Breu
WIM2 4x S Silvia Breu, 3 Vicky Jones, 2 Beth Parker, B Emma Raynor
Many thanks to for the support from Dave, Sandy and Roddie.