This year I raced at Henley for the first time – at the Women’s Regatta that is, not Henley Royal Regatta, which starts on Wednesday 3rd July. The regatta is, as the name suggests, for women only and is raced over 1500m of the 2km Henley course. I was rowing for City of Cambridge rowing club in the Club Eights category. We were lucky to have a “bye” through to the quarterfinals, and were up against Thames Rowing Club.
The conditons were dreadful – wet, windy and cold, but we went out and had what felt like a very good race against Thames. There’s a sequence of photos here. In the first few seconds we had the lead – one of them fell of their seat at the start – but they beat us eventually. We felt like we’d given everything and that’s all you can ask for. It was still really good to be there – the atmosphere is great, not stuffy or posh and there are no silly hats and blazers at this regatta, just people who are there to enjoy the actual rowing. It’s a beautiful location, and I particularly enjoyed seeing the wooden Umpires’ launches, especially the steam launch Consuta, built in 1898. Sadly our race was umpired by one of the diesel launches, but we did row past Consuta at one point and that made me happy!
Afterwards I headed back through Henley town and had a quick browse through the charity shops there before catching the train home – there was certainly a higher class of clothes – lots of White Stuff, Hobbs, Jaeger etc. I bought a pretty top and some brogues, but I’ll do a separate post about them!