Henley Women’s Regatta – King’s W1

We arrived at Henley Thursday evening with eager anticipation for KCBC womens’ first attempt at Henley Women’s Regatta in recent memory. Our confidence was boosted by a successful May Bumps bumping up four but in our typical pattern for the term, we had been unable to get any outings with the full crew prior to Henley Women’s due to May Week. We had our first row as a Henley crew and a taste of Henley’s famous course early Friday morning before the race which went well. We knew we would be up against a challenging field, with only 16 of a field of approximately 30 university crews qualifying. After a bit of a boat traffic jam getting to our start position and a log in the middle of the course, we got up to our starting position and took off. We had a really great start that felt strong and fast, as was the remainder of the row as we settled into a good rhythm. Although we did not qualify, we were all pleased that we rowed our best, pushed as hard as we could, and had a good row. Our time was only 11 seconds off the qualifying time and we were faster than some other university crews, which is not too shabby for a Cambridge college crew and our first HWR experience!