HWR 2016 – ULBC secures 20 years straight of victories at Henley Women’s Regatta

Five UL crews were entered into this year’s Henley Women’s Regatta (HWR) and UL formed part of two Great Britain composite crews. The final day featured two overall victories for UL with four appearances in finals and UL being the only British university to leave the regatta with multiple wins in crew boats.

Entering HWR this year the University Of London Boat Club also held a 19 year winning streak, and the aim from the outset was to secure a 20th straight year of victories.

The UL Senior Coxed Four arrived at HWR undefeated this season, after being crowned British Univeristy Champions in May at the BUCS Regatta, followed by victories at the Metropolitan and Reading Regattas. A tough draw put UL against Princeton University of the USA in the first round but UL rowed well, gaining an open water by lead at half way (click here for video). The semi final was against a composite of northern UK clubs, including Durham Uni. Once again UL had a open water lead early in the race. The final against Molesey Boat Club was a tougher affair but UL had a solid lead by the end of Temple Island and went on to take an open water victory.

Ten minutes after the Senior Coxed Four victory, the UL crew racing in the Academic Coxed Four event came down the track, and with a commanding lead at the half way point, took victory in dominant fashion. ULBC has now taken victory in this event at HWR three years running.

(Video footage from the two Coxed Fours’ victories can be found following this link )

UL’s third final appearance came from Suzi Perry in the Senior Lightweight Single, against a sculler from Oxford Brookes University. In a very close race, where the lead changed hands multiple times and both scullers rowed each other to almost a stand still before the finish line, UL’s Perry was just edged out.

This though, combined with performances from the UL Senior Double and Elite Pair, completed a very strong team performance from the UL Women, backing up their position as current British University Women’s Team Champions, a title won at BUCS Regatta last month.

With 20 years straight of victories at HWR now secured, we would like to thank those who supported the UL Women through their pre-HWR training camp and at the regatta this year.

The British Rowing report on HWR 2016 is online now and features a heavy focus on UL’s success: https://www.britishrowing.org/2016/06/henley-womens-hwr-treated-spectators/

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