Henley Blog - Tess Gerrand Recaps Varsity Eight Victory At Henley Women's Regatta

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Yale women's crew is currently in Henley-On-Thames, England, preparing for the Henley Royal Regatta. Periodically during the trip, a member of the team will blog about the experience. Today, Tess Gerrand recaps the varsity eight's win at the Henley Women's Regatta.

After a week of preparation on the beautiful Henley-on-Thames course and three weeks away from racing, our crew was more than ready for the Henley Women's Regatta. As a seeded crew, we began racing on Sunday morning with a preliminary race against Thames Rowing Club. We were prepared for a fast start as we were in the Buckinghamshire ("Bucks") station which is perceived to be slower out of the blocks. We also were not about to underestimate a crew we had not come up against before. Despite feeling a little shaky, we got off the line quickly and were able to settle into an effective rhythm for the last 1000m of the 1500m racecourse to win by a length of open water.

In the final, we came up against the composite crew from Leander, Molesey, Minerva, Thames and Wallingford that had put up a very similar time to ours in the semi-final that morning. Once again, we were placed in the "Bucks" station so were expecting a quick start from the right-hand Berkshire ("Berks") station. It was a close race through to the 500m and wakes from spectator boats proved difficult throughout the rest of the piece, but a strong middle 500 allowed us to edge out to eventually hold a 3/4 of a length lead through the line. Our time broke the 14-year- old course record by two seconds and makes us the fastest eight to have raced at the regatta.

All in all it was a great day of racing and we are looking forward to training hard for the next two weeks in preparation for the Royal Henley Regatta on July 3rd-5th.

Cheers,
Tess