Womens Eights Head of the River 2017

WehoRR 2017

On 11th March the womens squad took two VIIIs to tideway to race the Womens Eights Head of the River over 4 1/4 miles from the University Stone, Mortlake, downstream to Putney Pier:  Both crews raced in the Intermediate category, and for the Provincial Pennant. The day started well with some of the nicest conditions we have seen on tideway in a few years.

The W1 crew of Zara Goozee (str), Katy Levitt, Naomi Morris, Sarah Airey, Katherine Watson, Susanne Valen, Lindsay Hamilton, Francesca Axe and Julia Kelsoe (cox) finished the course in 19.59.9 finishing 39th overall as the fourth Provincial Club crew on the day. Starting in position 123 meant that Julia had to cox the crew through overtaking 7 boats during the race whilst having a 7k battle with crew 122, with plenty going on the crew always had something to push off and some choppy water to deal with.

W1 racing the Tideway for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

W1 racing the Tideway for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

The W2 crew of Hannah Creasey (str), Alice Adriaenssens, Tiffany Morris, Aubree Wisley, Amanda Buttery, Marina Villarroel, Laura Beattie, Laura Farquhar and Alex Black (cox), many of whom are still novice status, were feeling positive from their recent win at Norwich Head and set off with confidence. A strong race meant they finished the course in 21.55.6 finishing 197th overall — a full 36 places higher than last years W2 and less than 20 seconds behind Cambridge 99's W1.

WehoRR 2017 W2 W2 rowing back from the finish for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

W2 rowing back from the finish for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

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