Henley Winter Series – Round 4

Eleven crews started the race at 45 second intervals, with Henley 9th place behind Secklow. Henley welcomed paddlers from Wraysbury and Pershore to make up a composite team for the occasion. Rafters and Royal Outrigger Men started behind Henley in their pursuit up the 7.5k course.

On the downstream leg, Henley battled with the choppy conditions but were soon caught and passed by Rafters just before Upper Thames.  Not deterred, Henley continued to paddle strongly towards Temple Island.  Henley maintained the distance between themselves and Secklow who started off ahead.

No epic duels in this race unlike the last battle with Rafters where paddles were clashed and the north easterly breeze stirred up the flow causing the bow wave of Rafters to wash over into Henley’s boat.  This race in contrast had Henley clear of competition from Temple Island up towards Phyllis Court where they overtook Thames Dragons a 10 man dragon boat.

Henley called a few bursts in the upstream leg of the race to narrow the gap between Henley and Secklow, but sadly were not in contention to catch and pass by them.  This final section of the course up to and around Rod Eyot and returning to the Eyot Centre was completed without drama but further seconds were lost to Secklow.

Henley were very happy to finish third in this race in a time of 36 minute 55 seconds.  Secklow came second in 35 minutes 32 seconds with Rafter’s convincing win in 32 minutes 5 seconds. 

Henley are very pleased to finish third overall in the Henley Winter Series with 37 points, just behind Royal Canoe Club Mens (outrigger) with 40 points and winners Rafters with 49 points.  A huge congratulations to Henley for their performance,  the second placed Dragon Boat in the table.  In fact, of all the British Dragon Boat Association affiliated clubs, Henley Dragons finished first!! Henley Dragons now look forward to their league events which kick off in April.  Henley Dragons are always open to new members, so if you’d like to get involved, please contact them.

Final Results

  1.  32:05 | Rafters
  2.  34:10 | Royal Outrigger (Men) | OC6
  3.  35:32 | Secklow 100
  4.  36:50 | PRCC MK (Mixed) | OC6
  5.  36:55 | Henley Dragons
  6.  37:04 | Typhoon
  7.  37:12 | Hurricanes
  8.  37:14 | Raging Dragons
  9.  38:32 | Royal Outrigger (Men) | OC6
  10.  41:13 | London Wave – 10 Man
  11.  45:06 | Thames Dragons – 10 Man

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