A brilliant day for HHLCCBC’s W2 at Women’s Eights Head of the River Race

by Julia Nielsen on 16 March 2017


HHLCCBC Women’s 2nd Boat had a brilliant race day on the Tideway - the tidal part of the river Thames - this past Saturday! We finished the 7km course in 22:17.2, a brilliant time considering our novice status, our inexperience with the Tideway, and the feeling of a new boat and blades, which Sons of the Thames Boat Club kindly let us borrow for the day. We are so grateful to them for their hospitality! After a great race, we finished ahead of first boats from Cambridge Colleges and between many other W1s. We even overtook many other university and town club boats and are, overall, extremely happy with our result!

I am so grateful to our boat club for giving us this fantastic opportunity and experience - it is something I will never forget. Our cox Linda was incredible and mastered the Thames with ease. Overall, being part of the largest female rowing race in the world is something so special and it will never leave us.

Our rowers were all very excited about the day, and Sandra Johannsen, who sat at stroke position said:

"It was a once in a lifetime experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been part of it. We could not have asked for better weather and the atmosphere was amazing. The race was definitely the hardest thing we have ever done in a boat but also the most rewarding."

Grace Edgar said:

"The amount of girl power was amazing to see, and it was a fantastic way to round off an incredible term of rowing. How funny that most of us had never been in a boat before October and there we were, powering down the Tideway!"

Anabel Martinez said:

"We were really determined from the start, had excellent coxing throughout, and rowed a great race. There were a few exciting moments tightly overtaking other university crews. It was a great day for HHLCCBC and women's sport as a whole, and I am keen to row in it again in future."

What a brilliant day overall, and here are some photos from W2’s big day out to London! We are ever so grateful to the Boat Club for the opportunity!