Athletes racing in WinTech Racing boats claimed two wins and new course records at Henley Women’s Regatta 2022, the largest female-only rowing event in the world. This year the regatta returned with a record roster and races galore over three action-packed days stacked with talent from domestic powerhouses, provincial underdogs and international entrants.
The first of our wins came in the first final of the day – the Championship Lightweight Single Scull. Olivia Bates, who has had another stellar season domestically, took the win in a new record time of 5:36.60 beating the time set by Maddie Arlett of the University of Edinburgh by four seconds. Liv raced in a Wintech Cobra SE and defeated the sculler from the National University of Galway, Ireland by a comfortable 2.5 lengths. Incredibly this is the fastest time down the track for any single sculler at the event including openweight events.
The second win also came in the single sculls but this time from a rising star on the junior scene. Meg Knight in her WinTech Cobra, who rose to prominence after becoming an indoor rowing world champion in early 2021, emerged from a congested draw to claim victory in the Junior Single Sculls and in the process set a new course record. Her final, up against Bardsley-Taylor of Hartpury College, went the way of the Trentham sculler by nearly four lengths, reiterating Meg’s status as one of the UK’s foremost junior talents.
We also had crews racing in four other finals throughout the Sunday, demonstrating the depth of our fleet in international competition. Reading University were narrowly beaten in the final of Championship Lightweight Double Sculls, losing out to a crew from the Australian National University Boat Club.
In Championship Lightweight Pairs, Surrey University lost out to a superlative crew from Cambridge University whilst St Paul’s Girls School were beaten in the final of Junior 16 Coxed Fours by Henley Rowing Club. They did however set a new course record in their semi-final against Henley with a time of 5:23.3.
Our last finalists, Tideway Scullers School, were beaten in the last round of Junior Doubles by an excellent crew from Sydney Rowing Club, Australia.
Finally, St Paul’s Girls School set a new course record in the their semi-final of the J16 4+ in their brand new WinTech Racing International 4+ with a time of 05:23.3!
Our team were on-site all week supporting athletes and coaches in the competitor zone and were delighted to see the return of Henley Women’s Regatta in its full form. This event always marks the start of a fantastic run of races on the Henley stretch of the Thames and we’re hugely excited to witness further sporting drama unfold over the course of the next few weeks. Congratulations to all winners!
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