Henley Women’s Regatta (HWR) this year sees record breaking entry levels of 441 entries from over 1,800 competitors, following the new competition structure being introduced.
Over the last 30 years the events that HWR offers have grown organically to reflect the rise of women’s rowing. With the implementation of British Rowing Personal Ranking Index (PRI) it felt the natural time to review and restructure the HWR competition structure events. This weekend HWR crews will race in Championship events, Aspirational events and one Development event along with Junior events. This reflects the increase in the standard of women’s rowing and a pathway for juniors, universities and clubs. This year the Championship entries continue to grow, with international, national and local level entries at record numbers. Local clubs are well represented in the Junior events including entries in J4x from Henley, Marlow and Maidenhead. Great Marlow school are entered in the J4+. In the Senior events, Leander Club are entered in the Championship 4-, 4x, 2- and 2x and face some good competition.
- In the Championship 8’s – strong entry, including 6 crews from the USA, 2 GB U23 composite crew, and NUI Galway from Ireland. The 2 GB composite crews include athletes that hope to represent GB at the U23 World Championships.
- Championship 4s – 9 entries from 2 crews from Aviron Grenoblois (FRA), Yale, USA . Strong GB University entry from University of London , Oxford Brookes University, Cambridge University , Edinburgh University plus Leander Club and Molesey.
- Championship 2x includes entries from Bremer Ruderverein (GER) and London/C. D’aviron Vesenaz (SUI)
- Aspirational 4x includes entries from Bremer Ruderverein (GER) and A S R Nereus (NED)/USR Triton (NED)
- Junior 8s also have a very strong entry from USA, 6 out of the 10 crews are visiting from America.
- HWR are also welcoming a first ever entry from Mexico, from Club Espana, in the A2x and A Lwt 1x.
“The aim of Henley Women’s Regatta is to provide a pathway for girls and women from junior to international level so they can excel in their rowing careers. We want crews to be ambitious, to compete at the highest level and aspire to race the best. We are so pleased that our competitors and coaches have embraced the new competition structure for this year. We have a very exciting entry across the board. I wish everyone the best of luck in racing and look forward to welcoming you all this weekend.” Miriam Luke, Chairman Henley Women’s Regatta.
Henley Women’s Regatta is also delighted to announce the appointment of Dame Katherine Grainger, Anna Watkins MBE, Naomi Riches and Jess Eddie as HWR Brand Ambassadors.
“Our HWR ambassadors are exemplary role models for women’s rowing and are perfectly positioned to help motivate and inspire the next generation of rowers,” added Miriam Luke
This year HWR will also use for the first time, two brand new pontoons, funded by Henley Town Council’s grant to HWR. The pontoons will then continue to be used by other members of the community at Henley Rowing Club throughout the year.
Timings of Henley Women’s Regatta 2018
Friday 22 June
Racing / time trials starts 9am, last race 6.45pm
70 races in total plus 13 time trials
Saturday 23 June
Racing/time trials starts 8.15am, last race 6.40pm
129 races in total plus 4 time trials
Sunday 24 June – Finals Day
Racing starts at 9.05am, last race 4pm
Semi-Finals start at 10am and finals start at 2pm
86 races in total
Prize Giving at 5pm