BDA – Worcester Event
The Henley Dragons, still buzzing from their boat naming ceremony held at Hobbs of Henley, ventured to Worcester. The weather had taken a turn; windy and rainy conditions faced the brave Henley team. Undeterred, Henley set up camp and focused their minds on the 200m and 1,800m pursuit races to come.
In full force, Henley made a great start in the 200m, coming in just behind National Champions Amathus in a time of 57:63, Amathus winning in 57:41 and Secklow 100 in 58:52. Henley were off to a superb start, keeping in close contact with one of the seasons favourites. This lead Henley nicely into the semi final, where they faced Typhoon and Amathus once again. Henley put on a performance to be reckoned with, and whilst coming third to these two teams, completed the course in a fast time, 57:57, so were then looking for the fastest loser position. Henley achieved this, and battled for 4th place against Bristol and St Neots. Henley’s start and drive powered them home in 58:15, Bristol in 59:56 and St Neots in 59:82. A superb end to the morning’s racing.
Over lunch, the ladies joined with Bristol ladies to form the team ‘Victorious Secrets’ and, despite the wind and torrential rain, paddled home to award themselves a position in their first major final. Henley faced Rage Dragons and Amathus ladies, club teams who regularly train together and Henley proudly came home third. A great achievement for this composite team.
In true, regular, consistent form, the Henley/Bristol Burner composite youth team showed other teams what they’re made of and powered home in first place.
Henley’s 4th place in the 200m meant they set off 4th from last in the 1,800m pursuit race. The wind and choppy made for challenging paddling conditions. Despite an amazing effort, Henley retained their position. Taking the full day’s racing into account, Henley walked away 6th overall out of 20 teams. With the new paddling potential who have recent joined the team, Henley are excited about their potential going forward.
All in all a fab weekend for Henley Dragons, after ‘awakening’ the dragon in the boat naming ceremony on Saturday evening, the bright and vibrant lion dancers blessing the boat and paddlers, Henley are all set for their next race of the season in London on the 1st September in Surrey Docks.