CUWBC Shine at Henley Women’s Regatta, Alumnae racing in force

This weekend eleven members of the 2019 CUWBC squad raced at Henley Women’s Regatta.   We were also delighted to see nine alumnae racing at the regatta for various clubs from across the country.

Pippa Whittaker  and Tricia Smith (Christ’s) raced in the Championship Pair, where they fell in the final to Leander Club. They started out with the fourth fastest time in the time trial, putting down a time of 05:26.

Abigail Parker (Emmanuel) raced in the Championship 1x. She came fifth in the time trial with a time of 05:48.4, making it to the semifinal before falling to Molesey Boat Club, who went on to win the event. Abba comments,

“Henley Women’s Regatta was great racing experience for our small boats. I enjoyed getting back into the single after the Boat Race season and felt that my sculling improved a lot over the last few weeks. Henley Women’s was an excellent opportunity to test that progress and gain some valuable experience on the Henley course. I love the one-on-one racing format and had some really good races over the course of the weekend before going out to the eventual winner from Molesey in the semi-final. As the end of this season for me, I’m proud of my performance– and that of all the other Cambridge boats racing– at the regatta. It’s left me excited for future races next season!”

Catherine (Caius) and Gemma King (John’s) raced in the Championship Lightweight 2-. Coming fourth in the time trial with a time of 05:44.0, the twins made it to the semifinal of the competition. Tideway Sculler’s School, who won the event, knocked them out of competition. Gemma says,

“I really enjoyed racing in the lightweight pairs category at Henley Women’s Regatta. It was a great experience racing at such a prestigious event on the famous Henley stretch and an excellent opportunity to face some tough competition in side by side racing.”

Lucy Harris (Queens’) raced in the Aspirational Lightweight 1x, getting knocked out in the quarterfinal. She came second in the time trial with a time of 05:58.3. Lucy commented after her event,

“The racing was super tough but the competitors are all so supportive. The atmosphere of the whole regatta is great and definitely one of the highlights of the year for me. I may not have won (this year!) but watching my teammates do well is fantastic.”


CUWBC racing for College Boat Clubs

Racing for Jesus College Boat Club, Charlotte Jackson  raced in the Aspirational Academic 8+. The college crew came ninth in the time trial with a time of 05:02.6, earning them a place in the bracket before falling in the heat.

Also competing in the AA 8+ for their colleges were Victoria Walker and Catherine Walker (Caius), as well as Freya Casson (John’s). The Caius crew also earned a spot in the heats with a time of 05:02.7, while Lady Margaret Boat Club did not qualify out of the time trials. Catherine says about the experience,

“Caius W1 were really excited to top off a strong Bumps campaign with the opportunity to race on such a historic bit of water as Henley. Having managed to qualify, we were drawn against Cardiff in the first round. Coming up against a strong crew we pushed deep to put on a competitive race on the national stage and whilst getting knocked out were really proud of our row.”

Caius College Boat Club and Jesus College Boat Club competed (alongside Lady Margaret Boat Club and Fitzwilliam College Boat Club/Newnham College Boat Club) at Henley Women’s this weekend in the Aspirational Academic 8+.

Chiara Avancini (Newnham), raced for Cantabrigian Rowing Club in the Aspirational Club 4-, joining alumna Olivia Hamilton (LW ‘18) in the crew. They came eleventh in the time trial with a time of 05:15.8, moving into the next round. Chiara says,

“Racing HWR with Cantabrigian RC was a great experience. We comfortably qualified in the middle of the pack at the time trials but unfortunately got knocked out in the heats by a Scottish composite. Despite not getting the amount of racing that we hoped for, taking part in HWR was definitely a highlight. Seeing so many women taking part in such a competitive event and delivering great rowing performances was truly inspirational.”

Alumnae at HWR

Other alumnae competing at the regatta include;

Valentina Futoryanova (Blondie ‘15) for Lea Rowing Club in the Aspirational Club 8+,

Ella Barnard (LW ‘15) and Aurelia Dixon (LW Spare ‘18) racing in the Aspirational Single Sculls for Army and Reading Boat Club, respectively.

Jilly Tovey (LW ‘14) raced in the Championship Coxless Four for the Combined Forces,

Sarah Carlotti (Spare ‘18) and Iona Casley (LW ‘17) racing for Thames Rowing Club in the Aspirational Club Coxless Four

Deborah Oakley (LW ‘18) and Georgie Plunkett (LW ‘11) both raced for Cantabrigian Rowing Club in the Aspirational Lightweight Single Sculls