2016 – Event

World under 23 champion German Tim Ole Naske, edged out Kiwi Jordan Parry to claim the title in challenging conditions.

A strong breeze meant choppy conditions and a fast current for the 35 rowers who left from the Union Boat Club, rowing 2.5km up-stream before turning around

Naske won the race in 22 minutes 21 seconds, with Parry three seconds behind.

It was the first time the race has involved rowing up and down stream and the added difficulty was clear from the almost four minutes extra on the winning time from Drysdale’s last effort.

But Drysdale, who is set for a year away from competitive rowing, made it clear early that he would not be challenging the front-runners.

When the leaders lifted their stroke rate, Drysdale was comfortable maintaining his pace and finishing fifth out of seven elite men rowers.

Watch the 2016 Billy Webb feature race here:

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