The RAF Rowing Club at Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta 2014

Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta is an annual event hosted by Henley RC and conducted on the River Thames, along the world-famous Henley-on- Thames Royal Regatta course.

Attracting crews from all of the local clubs and further afield, there there were beginner, novice and elite events on offer.

The first RAF crew saw a mixed quadruple scull racing against Henley RC in a round robin beginners event, with the crew unfortunately catching a crab and losing their first outing of the day. After the race debrief, the quad was determined to win the second race against Weyfarers RC. The race went all the way to the finish with the RAF losing to a boat length at the finish. A spirited performance considering many of the crew have had less than three months’ water time under their belts.

Next to race were the novice men’s coxed four, racing in against Henley RC and Hillingdon RC. The first competitors, Henley RC, took a boat’s length lead off the start, but the strength of the RAF crew rowed through them to achieve their first win of the day. After the race debrief and a modification to the starting sequence, the four boated again for the second race, against Hillingdon RC. With a successful start the RAF crew powered away from the start and cruised to an easy victory.

The final event for the RAF RC at Henley saw the RAF Senior men’s coxed 8 racing in the IM1 event (the last category before Elite) against Upper Thames RC; a tightly contested contest from the start, with the RAF eight holding their own against a well-drilledand technically competent local crew. For the RAF team who had only trained once as a crew before the event, this was a spirited performance which saw the team narrowly beaten by one length at the finish.

The RAF Rowing Club was formed in 1947 and over the years has produced Olympic representatives and Henley winners. Rowing is as much based on crew teamwork as it is on fitness and the majority of RAF Rowers are introduced to the sport after they join the Service. The RAF Rowing Club is keen to recruit rowers at all levels to boost its squad for the coming year. If any RAF personnel are interested in joining the club, please visit the RAFRC Moss portal or your P’ed section for advice and area representatives.

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