June 20, 2005
The Yale women's crew team has been in Henley, England, since June 12. Head Coach Will Porter filed this report about the team's stay after the first week.
HENLEY, England - Here we are in jolly old England!
The team has been settled in Henley on the Thames for the past week. We trained for five days and had one day off to visit London, Oxford or explore the Thames path here in beautiful Henley. We raced in the Henley Women's Regatta and did quite well. Three crews progressed to the Grand Final and the varsity eight won easily against the Vesta Rowing Club from London. Vesta is made up of post-colligate rowers who are continuing to train, some with national team aspirations.
We had a great treat of visiting the River Rowing Museum here, where Tom Weil '72 had his personal collection on display. He gave us a personal tour. It was a great way to start our trip. Sunday night marked our last night together as a team, as about half are done and returning home. Only the varsity eight and two spares, Jamie Redman and Milicia Vujovic, are remaining to row in the Henley Royal Regatta.
To celebrate we had dinner on a river boat and spent two hours on the Thames going through the locks and watching the beautiful countryside roll by. It was a fun way to close what can only be called an exceptional year for our team.
Now we take the varsity eight on to the Henley Royal Regatta. There are 13 entries in our event which will only take eight entries. We are lucky enough to be one of four seeded crews, so we do not have to row in a qualifying race. The favored crews look like a composite crew of hopeful UK National team athletes, the Durham/Leander club and the Ukranian National Team.
We will spend our next two weeks training with time off to tour. One thing scheduled for this week is a Wednesday afternoon in London watching a play in the theatre.