The London Roar: Henley Royal Regatta Edition

The 2018 Entries List has been published, its the second day of racing at Henley Women's Regatta and the all important Marlow Regatta for those crews seeking to avoid the qualification races is about to start; clear signs that all roads are leading to HRR and the culmination of a season of hard work and change at the Club.

One of the many changes under the Club's new Director of Rowing, Rob Dauncey, was the abandonment of the traditional Easter training camp in favour of a June training camp between the MET and Marlow.  

Tuesday saw the return of our Squad athletes from an intense training camp where they covered some 240Km on the waters of Lake Varese in their HRR crews.  The Squad had near perfect conditions for the entirety of camp, which has provided them with every opportunity to find that extra speed ahead of the Henley campaign.

The Club will be well represented over the next few weeks starting off with Vice Captain, Meghann Jackson, competing in the Championship Quadruple Sculls at Henley Women's Regatta in the London/Club D'aviron Vesenaz (SUI) composite.  Their first race is at 14:48pm today against Thames.

Meghann then joins eight other crews consisting of our Squad Athletes, and a number of casuals and masters, who combined, make up the Club's nine entries of one Britannia Challenge Cup crew, three Thames Challenge Cup crews, a Wyfolds, a Visitors, a Prince of Wales, a Goblets and a Princess Royal crew. Full details of each of the crews are provided below.

With Club's attention now firmly focused on Henley, I am reminded of the sage words of Paul Reedy, "it takes more than luck to win Henley, it takes the absence of bad luck" and so to all our crews I wish you the absence of bad luck in the days to come.

Bang the drum.

Tim Grant
LRC Captain




22 - 24 June  HWR
23 June           Marlow Regatta
4 - 8 July       HRR
7 July               Caps & Ties
25 July            AGM


Britannia Challenge Cup
Alex Holmes, Jack Breuer, Tom Neeld, Rob Williams and Megan Neville (Cox).


Thames Challenge Cup - London 'A'
Matt Reeder, Nick Adams, Aidan O'Flaherty, Ollie Arter, Chris Linn, Tim Senior, James Sexton-Barrow, Marc Plantenga, Nico Sani (Cox).


Thames Challenge Cup - London 'B'
Chris Cullen, Mitchell Powers, George Blessley, Josh Meredith, Lachie Ives, Will Golding, Matthew Piechowicz, Matt Kennedy, Abby Leek (Cox).


Princess Royal Challenge Cup
Meghann Jackson


Visitors Challenge Cup - London/Leander Composite
Sebastian Benzecry (LRC), Woody Sandhu (LRC), George Johnson (LRC) and Freddie Johnson (Leander).

Wyfold Challenge Cup
George Hobson, Charles Dunlop-Cunnington, Joe Calnan, and Peter Stuart.

Prince of Wales Challenge Cup - London/Thames Composite
Jon Bale (TRC), Anthony Lester (TRC), Alex Cawthorne (LRC) and Dylan Wing (LRC).

Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
Jack Davidson and Sebastian Thomas.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of London 'B' winning the Wyfolds Challenge Cup.  The crew of M.C.H. Williams, R.M.W. Williams, S.J. Sinclair and W.J. Baker had to work hard in the opening heat against Molesey, before a comfortable win against Wallingford and again against London 'A' (who contributed to their own downfall by hitting the booms along the Island).  In their semi-final they rowed right away from Quintin after Fawley.  The race report of the final reads as follows:

 In the final Leander started at 43, settling to 39, and at the Quarter Mile led London 'B', who went away at 42 and 371/2 by a length. Leander still had their length at the Barrier, where both were at 38, but when, without increasing their rating, London challenged at the Half Mile, Leander had no response.  London took the lead passing Fawley and had the race well in hand at the Mile, there leading by two lengths and rowing right away along the Enclosures.


The Club's annual Henley gathering, Caps & Ties, will be held following the conclusion of racing on Saturday 7th July 2018.

This year you will find the three London blades and pop up bar approximately 50m from the Bandstand entrance to the Stewards Enclosure in parking space B40.

The Club's Treasurer will once again be manning the bar, where pints of Pimms will be available for £5.00 with all funds going to the Gym redevelopment.



All members are reminded that if you are involved in or witness a water safety incident, you are required to report it using the following email address: The Club will file any necessary reports on your behalf with British Rowing and the PLA, members should not submit reports directly to either body.


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Miles Preston
Editor of The London Roar