Ariadne at Henley Royal Regatta


Election of Steward (Ben Helm Esq.)


Ben Helm, Esq. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.

Ben Helm started his rowing on the Union Canal in Edinburgh at George Heriot’s School and continued at Edinburgh University, moving to the Tideway in 1986. There, he initially rowed at Thames Tradesmen before moving to London Rowing Club when Robin Williams started his tenure as club coach in 1991. His successful international career spanned from 1993 to 1996, in the lightweight eight and four and he has remained very involved in the sport. His Henley career included a remarkable year in 1994 when his lightweight crew reached the finals of both the Stewards and the Queen Mother, losing to French and German crews, both of which were heavyweight World Champions.

Ben was Chairman of London Rowing Club for four years from 2012 until 2016, and he has recently been elected Vice President. He is very active in the affairs of the Club, and still sculls and rows with the Vets. He is also on the Committees of the British Rowing Championships, Schools Head of the River and the Metropolitan Regatta.

Ben is a busy Umpire on the domestic scene, and has held a FISA International Umpire's Licence since 2011 and is increasingly busy on the international umpiring scene as well. He is Chair of the Race Committees of the British Rowing Championships and Metropolitan Amateur Regatta.

Ben works in the City as an Investment Manager at GAM International (Global Asset Management).

Ben is married to a former Oxford University Lightweight, has three children and lives in Wimbledon.


Henley Royal Regatta

1985 Edinburgh University Visitors Lost to eventual winners

1992 London RC Goblets Lost to eventual winners

1993 Notts CRA and London RC Ladies Lost final

1994 London RC Stewards Lost final London RC Qu. Mother Lost final

1995 London RC and Notts CRA Ladies Lost semi-final

1999 London RC and Mainzer Rv Ladies Lost first round

2001 London RC Visitors Lost first round


International Rowing Career

1993 World LM8+ 5th

1994 World LM4- 7th

1995 World LM8+ Silver

1996 Olympics LM4- 10th