A gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon in mid-July saw the Wolfson women travelling down for a day trip to Molesey Regatta. Molesey Regatta is a traditional regatta held since 1873 over an 800m course on the River Thames just upstream of Hampton Court.
Entering in the morning IM3 IV+ competition Wolfson had an unfavourable start by drawing the University of Cambridge crew in the first round. Wolfson had a good steady race, but the greater experience of the Cambridge crew allowed them to pull away steadily, Cambridge going on to win by 3 ½ lengths.
In the afternoon, Wolfson switched around their crew order to compete in the Novice IV+ competition. First up was HSBC, and despite (by their high standards) a poor first few strokes, Wolfson pulled away from the HSBC crew in the start sequence. Wolfson continued to pull away over the course, winning easily by well over 4 lengths.
In the next round Wolfson faced a strong Ardingly crew. A hard fought race, the crews were neck and neck for most of the course. It was one of the closest races of the afternoon with supporters cheering raucously for both sides, Ardingly pipped Wolfson to the finish line by just half a length. The exhausted Ardingly went on to lose the final by 2 ½ lengths to Thames.
Considering Wolfson entered a scratch crew with just 5 outings to practice (and a novice pinched from the OUWLRC), the day’s competition was considered a success and a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
W IM3 4 + Crew: Sabine Parrish (Stroke), Leila Hill (3), Stefanie Zekoll (2), Sofia Hauck (Bow), Zoë Goodwin (Cox)
W N 4 + Crew: Sabine Parrish (Stroke), Leila Hill (3), Stefanie Zekoll (2), Zoë Goodwin (Bow), Sofia Hauck (Cox)
Coach: Thomas Aarholt
Photo Credits: Fuchsia Hart