Posted: 16 August, 2021

Henley Royal Regatta 2021

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This summer saw the return of Henley Royal Regatta, after the event was cancelled last year due to Covid. While the race may have taken place a little later than planned, this didn’t put off the 14 students between Years 11 and 13 who continued training to try to race at what is one of the most prestigious regattas in world rowing.

For the first time in the 182-year history of HRR, a Junior Women’s Eights event was offered in the regatta, allowing Putney High two opportunities to enter crews into Henley. While unfortunately our Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup (Junior Women’s Quad Sculls) failed to qualify for the regatta, their preparation being hampered by injury and isolation issues, they performed well and have certainly learned some lessons for the girls returning to the school this year.

Our Junior Women’s Eight were drawn against Henley Rowing Club in the first round. After a good start from both crews, Henley started to pull away from Putney as the crews approached the halfway point of the race. Whilst never managing to recover from Henley’s decisive move, the Putney crew gave a performance that they are rightfully proud of, even in defeat against a good crew from Henley Rowing Club.

With 7 of the 9 girls who raced at the full regatta and 11 of the 14 girls who trained all summer, remaining in the boat club for this coming year, we have high hopes for competitions to come.

Junior Women’s Eight

Esme P (Year 12), Izzy L (Year 11), Nikta R (Year 12), Niamh C (Year 11), Alice P (Year 13), Maddie P-S (Year 12), Loren B (Year 13), Lily S (Year 12), Maya M (Year 12)

Diamond Jubilee Quad

Cara L (Year 12), Polly C (Year 13), Isabel M-B (Year 12), Isabella C (Year 12), Fran M (Year 11)

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