Henley Women’s Regatta – June 2013
The main regatta of the season for BRC’s senior women was Henley Women’s Regatta.
Having been preparing for this directly since September 2012, and indirectly our whole rowing careers, it was with much excitement that the crew set off to Henley on Thursday night. A steady paddle after putting the boat together settled the nerves a little.
Friday morning saw the start of the time trials. Birmingham RC set off at the head of the women’s and put in a brilliant start and row, coming 7th in a time of 05:20 and qualifying with ease in the top 16 crews.
A long wait was then had, until the first side-by-side race on Saturday afternoon. Our draw of Putney town was a tough one, as they had qualified second, and won at Reading Regatta. However, the crew put out an almighty performance into a strong and unfavourable headwind. Slightly down off the start, and hitting the wind first, we found ourselves down by two lengths. A call for a push and restart was responded to incredibly well, and surged us into within a length of Putney Town. With a final verdict of a loss by one length, the crew disembarked very disappointed that this marked the end of our competitive racing as a crew, but satisfied in the knowledge that we had tried our very best.
Putney town went on to make the final, in which they were beaten by a very strong Thames crew. Well done to both crews.
The crew was:
Women’s Intermediate Club Coxed Four
S Tasha Scott, 3 Emma Tod, 2 Emma Raynor, B Lisa Meegan, C Silvia Breu
Many thanks to Silvia Breu for coxing, and for the support from Roddie, Sandy and Dave.
A special mention must go here for Dave, whose support over the year has been second to none. Having braved all weathers and corners of the country for the senior women, we know we could not have done this without him.
Roddie has also been invaluable in terms of logistical support – so thanks to you too.