RAF Rowing Club at Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta 2014

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

It attracts crews from all of the local clubs and further afield, with beginner through to elite events on offer.

The first RAF crew saw a mixed quadruple scull racing against Henley Rowing Club in a round robin beginner event. With the crew unfortunately catching a crab (i.e. an oar didn’t release out of the water and acted as a brake) and losing their first outing of the day. After the race debrief the guys were determined to win the second race against Weyfarers Rowing Club. The race went all the way to the finish with the RAF losing to a boat length. It was a spirited performance  considering many of the crew have had less than three months water time under their belts.

Next to race was the Novice Men’s Coxed Four, racing against Henley Rowing Club and Hillingdon Rowing Club. The first competitors Henley took a boat’s lengths lead from 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. With a successful start the RAF crew powered away from the start and cruised to an easy victory.

The final event for the RAF at Henley saw the RAF Senior Men’s Coxed Eight racing in the IM1 event (the last category before elite) against Upper Thames Rowing Club. It was a tightly contested race from the start, with the RAF Eight holding their own against a well-drilled and technically competent local crew. For the RAF team having 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 PEd Section for advice and area representatives.