The 2022 Henley Royal Regatta was back in full force with numerous international crews returning to race on the most famous rowing course in the world.
King’s entered three crews into the event. Our Boys’ Quad Scull of Luke B, Ned M, Jack B and Matthew D, prequalified for the Fawley Challenge Cup for the second year running, judged by their exceptional performances over the season. Our Senior Girls’ and Boys ‘ Eights had to face the gruelling qualifying event last Friday, where dreams of rowing in the prestigious event are realised or can slip away by fractions of a second. Our girls rowed well but fell just short of the cut-off. The Boys’ Eight were newly formed from two in-form crews; the National Schools’ medal-winning 2nd Quad and most of our Championship Four. Undaunted by the enormity of their challenge they raced with passion and commitment, gaining pace over the course and securing a coveted place in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.
Both crews raced on Tuesday. Illness in the eight (Leo R-B) led to the final lineup of Charlie W, Henry H, Bobby R, James S, Tom K-D, Ben B, Will P and Finn W, steered by Shri R. They were drawn against Scots College from Australia and rowed magnificently well from the first stroke, pushing their opposition all the way along the course into a stiff breeze. They were beaten by the Australians, but remain incredibly pleased with their efforts and appreciate that just gaining a place at the event was a major achievement.
The Quad Scull drew Hinksey Sculling School, they had met them before in other events, and the ledger was even for victories. Our boys got away quickly from the start and pushed ahead for the early stages of the race, as the race progressed strong winds gusted and conditions became more difficult to steer and scull. Their opposition crept back into the race and it became a war of attrition through the middle part of the race. Hinksey assumed the lead and were able to capitalise on this over the closing stages, taking a well-earned victory.
“The whole senior squad has been an absolute delight to work with this season, their hard work has ensured one of our best seasons ever. To witness, almost, our entire senior boys’ squad earn a place at Henley Royal Regatta amongst the calibre of schools and clubs from as far afield as Australia is quite extraordinary. I am extremely proud of them all. “