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Henley Women's Regatta and Marlow Regatta

On Wednesday the 15th of June, three ASRA crews travelled south to compete at Henley Women's Regatta and Marlow Regatta. The crews were a Men’s J18 Coxed Four - competing at Dorney Lake in Marlow Regatta - and two women’s crews, a J16 Four and a J18 Eight, headed for Henley Women’s Regatta on the famous Henley stretch of the Thames.

The first race of the trip was the time trial for the J16 Girls coxed four on Friday morning where the four - made up of Gabrielle T, Jemima A, Emily J, Sophie J, coxed by Abbie P - raced well and qualified for the side by side racing in their event, The West End Amatuer Rowing Association Trophy. This trend continued with the formidable Womens J18 8+, made up of Freya H, Penny I, Maggie S, Tamara B, Sophie S, Anna D, Charlotte A, Ella B, coxed by Lily A, also qualified for side by side racing - making history in the process as the first ASRA crew to race in The Peabody Cup at HWR. The next morning, the women’s J16 coxed four raced against Wallingford Rowing Club in the first round of the competition. This turned out to be a tough race and, even though the girls fought well, Wallingford got the better of them and later went on to win the event. It was some really good racing from the J16 Girls and a great first experience of racing on the Thames. The Women's J18 Eight drew Kings School Worcester in their first side-by-side race on Saturday afternoon. They raced extremely well and beat Kings Worcester comfortably, making it through to the quarter-finals the following morning in which they would be racing the crew from Tideway Scullers School.

In the meantime our J18 boys coxed four were getting ready to race their time trial at lunchtime on Saturday at Dorney lake - the boys being the first ASRA crew to race at Marlow Regatta. The J18 Boys four - made up of our National Schools gold-medallists: Murray B, Sam D, Magnus H, Harris Pe and cox Samuel C - were hoping to gain pre-qualification for Henley Royal Regatta a few weeks later. After a good race in the time trial against an all-senior field they carried themselves into the C final. The ASRA boys final took place later that afternoon and after some once-again impressive racing the boys earned themselves 4th place in the final and pre-qualification for the Britannia challenge cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

The last race of a busy weekend for ASRA was the women’s J18 eight’s race against Tideway Scullers School in the quarter-finals of the Peabody Cup. After some great side by side racing the Tideway crew came through to win the race but with the silver lining for the ASRA girls pre-qualifying for the Prince Phillip Challenge Trophy at Henley Royal Regatta. This wrapped up a great weekend of racing with some really great experience earned and, for two of the crews, a place at Henley Royal Regatta secured. 

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