Stewards’ December Meeting 2011 – Election of Steward

1. Amendments to the Qualification & General Rules for 20122. Election of Steward3. Committee of Management for 2012Election of StewardHenley Royal Regatta today recognised one of rowing’s top female performers when Guin Batten was elected as a Steward of the Regatta.Batten was in the crew that won Britain’s first female Olympic medal of all time when she was part of the GB quadruple scull that took silver at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney alongside Katherine Grainger who is also a Henley Steward.Previously she had competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the single scull.Since retiring Batten, who has a Master’s Degree in Sport Science from the University of Loughborough, has been active (2005 – 2009) in supporting the current crop of top international rowers through her work with the FISA (World Rowing Federation) Athletes’ Commission. In 2010 she was elected as Chair of the Rowing for All Commission.In 2003 she set the record for the fastest solo crossing of the English Channel in a rowing shell (Olympic Class), crossing in a time of 3 hours and 14 minutes.Guin is Head of Research & Innovation at the Youth Sport Trust and has been an active advocate of promoting the role of women in sport.Today the Regatta also introduced a new event for junior women – the Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls which will be raced for the first time in 2012.  This will be open to U18 crews. 7th December, 2011For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LYTelephone 01491-572153 

Stewards’ December Meeting 2011 – Committee of Management for 2012

1. Amendments to the Qualification & General Rules for 20122. Election of Steward3. Committee of Management for 2012Committee of Management for 2012Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist Ben Hunt-Davis has today been appointed to the Committee of Management of Henley Royal Regatta.Hunt-Davis steps up to replace the retiring Chris Baillieu who had served on the Committee for the past 24 years.  Baillieu was himself a rowing Olympian, taking silver in the men’s double sculls in 1976 and was Chairman of British Swimming from 2007 – 2008. He was also one of the founder members of the British Olympians.Hunt-Davis joins after 9 years as a Steward and in the wake of a successful role as Chair of the Organising Committee for the recent World Junior Rowing Championships at Eton-Dorney which doubled as the official Olympic Test Event.Accordingly, the Committee of Management for 2012 is as follows:Mr. M. A. SweeneyDr. I. ReidMr. R. C. LesterMr. F. J. SmallboneMr. M. D. WilliamsProfessor N. B. RankovSir Steve Redgrave, C.B.E.Mr. R. C. PhelpsMr. B. M. EdwardsMr. R. C. StanhopeMr. G. W. HammondMr. F. B. Hunt-Davis, M.B.E.7th December, 2011For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LYTelephone 01491-572153

Stewards’ December Meeting 2011 – Amendments to the Qualification & General Rules for 2012

1. Amendments to the Qualification & General Rules for 20122. Election of Steward3. Committee of Management for 2012Amendments to the Qualification & General Rules for 2012The Fawley Challenge Cup – New Age LimitThe Stewards have decided to change the age limit and to revert to the pre-1997 age limit for The Fawley Challenge Cup (JM4x) i.e.:“No one shall compete who will have attained his eighteenth birthday before the first day of September preceding the event.”This age limit is the same as the age limit for junior competitors in the British Rowing Racing Rules. It has been decided that it would be better for there to be consistency between the Henley Rules and the British Rowing Racing Rules with regard to junior scullers competing in The Fawley Challenge Cup.No change is proposed to the age limit for The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup: “No one shall compete who will have attained his nineteenth birthday by  the end of the Regatta”. Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls – New EventA new event for Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls (JW4x), restricted to eight crews, will be raced for the first time in 2012.The Qualification Rules for this new event will be the same as those for The Fawley Challenge Cup, including the new age limit:“No one shall compete who will have attained her eighteenth birthday before the first day of September preceding the event.” Reduced numbers allowed in small boat eventsThe prescribed number of entries has been reduced from 16 to 12 for the three men’s small boat events:The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup (M2-)The Double Sculls Challenge Cup (M2x)The Diamond Challenge Sculls (M1x)7th December, 2011For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LYTelephone 01491-572153