On Friday 24 June, the boys 1st VIII and girls 1st IV competed at the Henley Royal Regatta qualifying races. With the most entries that the regatta has ever seen, over 400 crews battled it out for 99 places.
The girls IV made College history by becoming the first ever girls’ crew to enter the qualifying races for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Henley Royal and with only 24 seconds off of a qualifying place, the girls made a debut of which we are very proud. As an extremely young crew, our girls IV have made progress that indicates there could be a very bright future ahead for girls’ rowing at College. The IV also raced at Henley Women’s Regatta last weekend, finishing less than 10 seconds from the top 16, with a top 20 placing.
In an extremely tough and competitive field, the boys VIII made good progress throughout their week training on the course prior to the event and raced well on Friday but unfortunately did not qualify for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. The week has been a huge learning curve for the entire crew and with seven from the eight, plus the cox, returning next year the boys will come back hungrier than ever to make the cut.
Head of Rowing, Miss Vicki Huckle, commented, “Although disappointed to not be racing at Henley, I, along with the rest of the coaching team are incredibly proud of the development that has been made within Cheltenham College Boat Club this year. We will take this opportunity to celebrate the progress and look forward to developing College Rowing even further over the coming year.”