Senior Squads: Road to HENLIES - TwRC, Met and Reading Regatta

Twickenham Regatta 28th May 2016

The Senior Mens squad were representing the club at their home regatta in the IM1 4-. In the first round they met Sons of the Thames and after dispatching them fairly rapidly in the first few hundred meters they took the rate down and found a solid rhythm to take them over the finish line looking strong. 

Unfortunately in the next round they had the unfavorable enclosure side against a strong Vesta crew. However unperturbed they decided to take the lead early and hold Vesta off. Both crews went off station from the start with Twickenham leading, coming towards the top of Glovers Island Twickenham was warned to move over. Still ahead they began to move back to their station, however not in time as there was contact and after an appeal led to our disqualification. This just lead to a hardening of determination to beat Vesta at future meetings.

The Senior Women’s novice eight had a toe-toe battle down the course against Thames RC. Knowing our home water and the sharp final bend, it almost propelled Twickenham towards their maiden win only to agonizingly lose the verdict by one foot!

Metropolitan Regatta 4th June 2016

For the first time in the Henley line up, the Senior men were keen to make their mark at Met, and build on some strong performances from Nottingham. With an 8 and two fours racing there were several races to see where we sat compared to other clubs. 

The 8 was off first and had a strong start, in the top few boats through the 500m and staying up in the pack through the 1000m mark. Unfortunately having not had as much time in the crew as others we struggled to find a punishing rhythm and ended up getting drawn into a side by side with Cantabriagn rather than pushing through them and moving on the rest of the pack. However in the last 500m with an impressive burn (7th fastest club of the day over the last 500m) we moved off and almost caught 3rd place, missing out on the semi finals by just over a second. Not the result we would have liked but we were heartened by the fact we beat several club crews, particularly Vesta, who had beaten us at the Head and knowing we had still more speed to put down. Showing not only had we moved on in boat speed, but had made more gains than several other clubs!

The two 4's raced next, with the coxed 4 putting in a strong performance with a time that would have either qualified them or won the other heats. However unfortunately was less than half a second too slow in that heat to get them through. The coxless four had less luck, due to some steering issues they went from being up with the pack through the first few hundred to slipping further back down the field finishing last. 

Overall though the men's squad is looking forward to Reading this weekend followed by Henley, buoyed by the fact that there is more speed to be unleashed now we are finally in a settled crew. 

Reading Regatta 11-12th June 2016

We all arrived at our various racing locations in what was an exciting couple of days of racing ahead for the Seniors, Start and Racing Masters group.

After an early start, the women's four were rigged and ready to face Maidstone, an unknown quantity. After a shakey start, Twickenham quickly made up any lost ground, with some excellent coxing and a gutsy row, the girls won by five lengths qualifying for the quarter finals against Henley. This was a closer race, with Henley trying to make up for a slower start, and Twickenham holding their ground the entire 1500 meters going on to win by a couple of boat lengths. The semi final against Worcester university saw Twickenham take a strong start against a brilliantly polished crew, however they subsequently lost to the better boat, having fought to gain back lost ground, Twickenham's determined finish saw the girls give it everything as well as praise from the commentary box to ensure that we are ready for women's Henley having posted the fastest club IM2 time and losing to the overall winners of the day. A big step forward for this combination and we look forward to racing at Women’s Henley this week.

The senior men’s eight lined up against Eton College 2nd VIII. To our surprise, we managed to get out to an early ½ length lead and managed a strong transition to pace to hold them down the course. They reacted with some strong pushes but we kept our composure and knew that they wouldn’t be able to hold us for our final sprint. Unfortunately in our Ozzie Four moment, we mistimed the finish and thought we heard the finish line marker, winding down 40m short of the line. Obviously in an attempt to hide our speed for Henley in 2 weeks… In reality, a lesson learnt and certainly for Henley qualifiers we won’t be stopping until we are at the next lock. It gives us a lot of confidence given we still have plenty of speed to find and 2 weeks in which to execute it.

Our Start girls racing in the IM1 2x where drawn against a much-fancied Henley RC crew arguably the fastest junior double this year. Despite going 5secs per 500m quicker than in training, they lost out to the faster crew.

The senior women's novice eight category gave the ladies their first win of the season, with an elated boat beating Manchester university easily. Having sailed in to the semi finals, the girls were ready to fight a tidier battle against Birmingham university. Despite a much more efficient row, the ladies unfortunately lost to the winners of the finals, but took home some great experience ready for the next battle!

NEXT UP: WOMEN'S HENLEY REGATTA - Women's Club Four and Junior Double.
NEXT UP: HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA - Thames Challenge Cup and Wyfold's Challenge Cup.