Henley Royal Regatta 2017 sees the introduction of three new women's events to the roster – fours, pairs and double sculls. The inaugural staging of these cups has already attracted international quality pedigree, with a number of notable names vying for the honour of being the first to claim one of the three new events.
In the women's fours, Olympic single scull champion Kim Brennan will race in a crew organised by multi-professional services firm Ernst & Young. The crew contains athletes from four different nations, all of whom are seasoned internationals. Their stiffest opposition may come in the form of a crew from New York Athletic Club, with a number of American Olympic medallists on-board. Susan Francia, Kerry Simmonds, Olivia Coffey and Felice Mueller make up the crew from the USA.
The Women's Pairs has drawn eight entries, with the stand-out crews coming from abroad. The top two crews from the second world cup in Poznan will face off, as Kerri Gowler and Grace Prendergast from New Zealand come up against Tracy Eisser and Megan Kalmoe of the USA. Holland's resurgent women's squad have also boated a crew.
Completing the set will be the Women's Double Sculls, featuring crews from France, Holland and New Zealand along with six domestic entries.
"I am really pleased with the quality of the entry in all events. I am looking forward to seeing a strong international presence in the three newly introduced events for this year – the women's four, pair and double. The quality of entries in these events has allowed us to double the number of crews eligible to race in each boat class," said Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Committee of Management of the Regatta.