Newark Rowing Club’s junior women’s crew make club history at Henley Royal Regatta
Club history has been made after a junior women’s squad qualified for the historic Henley Royal Regatta.
Newark Rowing Club’s junior women’s crew made history as they not only qualified to compete at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta, at Henley-on-Thames, but also went on to compete for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup, making it through to the second day of the challenging five-day event.
Eighteen year old’s Maisie Archer-Dytch and Emily McCrery, alongside 17 year old’s Neve Woodman and Connie Ferrer, competed for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup (Junior Women’s Quads) after making it through the qualifying round.
Established in 1839, Henley Royal Regatta is one of the most prestigious rowing events in the world with more than 300 events.
It is known for attracting Olympic and top level club athletes across its five days of knock-out style racing.
In order to qualify for the Regatta, Newark crews had to race a 1,900m time trial and make a qualifying time.
A total of 14 crews raced for a spot in the cup with only seven crews making it to race side-by-side at the Regatta itself.
The girls were drawn to race Great Marlow in the first heat.
After a strong start, the girls remained level with Great Marlow, however, they pulled away after 300m of the 2,112m course.
Newark’s crew rowed well for the remainder of the course, dominating the race, and even brought their stroke rate down to a steady rate rather than a race rate.
The girls won the first round in a respectable eight minutes 36 seconds, with a winning verdict of ‘easily’.
The following round proposed a challenge as they were drawn against Shiplake College who went on to win the event.
The girls faced a disrupting start as Shiplake steered on to their side of the river, forcing Newark to move over also.
Once back on track, the girls showed courage and determination against Shiplake, and went on to have an excellent row despite not winning that round.
“Henley Royal Regatta is one of the biggest and most prestigious regattas in the world and, as a club, we are so incredibly proud of the girls for not only securing a qualifying spot, but also getting two days of racing in,” said club captain Andy Joy.
“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the athletes and their coach over the past months during a period of unprecedented uncertainty.”