Henley Royal Regatta | 2022

Article courtesy of Rowing Australia.

2 July, 2022.

The quarter final stage of the Henley Royal Regatta took place today, with members of the Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre and Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre racing under the banner of Rowing Australia at the regatta.

Anneka Reardon and Lucy Coleman contested the first round of The Stonor Challenge Trophy in the Women’s Double defeating the Twickenham Rowing Club and Leander Rowing Club duo by 1 ¾ lengths in tricky conditions.

The Rowing Australia Women’s Quad won their first round of the Princess Grace Challenge Cup against the crew from Twickenham Rowing Club and Reading Rowing Club with a verdict of “easily”.

Olympic Bronze Medallist Rowena Meredith said of the race: “It was a really good experience for us all. Three of us have never been to Henley so it was good to get out there and see what the hype is all about. We’re really happy with the race and the result.”

David Bartholot progressed in the Diamond Sculls, winning his Quarter Final against Ben Davison from California Rowing Club after racing a scull-over yesterday.

In the same event, Sam Marsh lined up against German, Olli Zeidler for his Diamonds race; he said his strategy was to go out and ask questions of the 2019 World Champion sculler. While he was defeated, Marsh said the racing experience helped him learn about racing under pressure.

Jean Mitchell and Georgie Gleeson teamed up in the Women’s Pair to comfortably win their first race on the Henley course. The two said their work over this week, coming from completely different boats, has been about working to apply the pressure together to make the boat go fast.

The two will face off against fellow winners from today, Australian, Olympic Champion Jess Morrison OAM and pair partner American Double Olympic Champion Meghan Musnicki, racing under California Rowing Club in the Semi-Final tomorrow.

Caleb Antill and Jack Cleary had a fast start putting them in front for the Double Sculls Challenge Cup; the two beat the Leander crew convincingly after a seating change from the World Cup 2 combination that won Bronze a fortnight ago.

After the race for The Town Challenge Cup was rescheduled for the Australian Women’s Four, the crew of Genevieve Hart, Ella Bramwell, Jacqui Swick and Eliza Gaffney had an intense hit out against the crew from Leander. While Leander got to an early lead, the Australian crew pushed through at the halfway mark to edge themselves in the lead coming into the final stretch. As the pressure mounted in the closing stages of the race, a slight mishap in stroke saw an issue with steering and the young crew clipped the booms [course wooden barrier] right on the finish line, finishing second by a mere half boat length.

Despite the result, Hart said: “It’s not quite the ending we would have wanted, but regardless of that, it was probably the most fun and the most competitive race I’ve had in so long. To be the underdogs off the start and pushing through the whole race off each other, it was amazing, a really great experience.”

The quarter final race stage of The Remenham Challenge Cup contested by Rowing Australia and the University of Washington was won by the Australian crew by 1 ¾ lengths. Six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympians sit in the boat; Kat Werry, Lucy Stephan OAM, Giorgia Patten, Annabelle McIntyre OAM, Georgie Rowe, and Bronwyn Cox. The crew is made up by Emma Fessey, Eleanor Price, and coxswain Talia Barnet-Hepples.

Sydney Rowing Club (SRC) team members Sarah Hawe, Tokyo Olympian, and Lauren Graham won their Town Challenge Cup race against Cambridge and Leander to progress to the Semi-Final, and SRC Men’s Eight progressed in the Thames Challenge Cup against Thames Rowing Club in a race to the line.

Ria Thompson was defeated in her Single Scull race yesterday against World Cup 1 Bronze Medallist, British sculler Hannah Scott.

Semi-Finals will take place tomorrow, with four crews facing off for the two Final race positions.