On Friday 1st July at 11am, two minutes of silence will be observed at Henley Royal Regatta to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The remembrance will take place in the Stewards’ Enclosure, with the remaining regatta areas also invited to observe the silence, which will commence with The Last Post.
In addition to the 11am tribute, boats competing on Friday 1st will have a poppy sticker attached to the hull. There will also be an exhibition on rowers and World War I staged in the prize tent, courtesy of the River & Rowing Museum.
The Battle of the Somme, which began on July 1st 1916, was the largest battle fought during World War I, killing or injuring over a million men. Fought between British, French and German armies near the Somme river in France, the battle continued from July until the 18th November 1916 when heavy rain made continued fighting too difficult.
BT Sport UK secures rights to broadcast Henley Royal Regatta live for the first time this year as the event capitalises upon the success of the 2015 broadcast project.
Live coverage of racing will begin on BT Sport at 1300 BST on Wednesday 29th June, Thursday 30th and Friday 1st July, with the full day’s racing shown live on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of July. Coverage of the event on BT Sport will be a valuable update to the Regatta’s YouTube coverage, which streams the whole event live around the world.
The addition of BT Sport, one of the UK’s leading broadcast companies since its creation in 2013, is a huge step forward for the Regatta and will bring racing of the highest calibre to screens across the UK.
In view of the number and quality of the Entries received for the 2016 Regatta, the Committee of Management exercised its powers under General Rule 37 to suspend General Rule 18, as it referred to the following events and increased the numbers permitted for the 2016 Regatta:-
The Princess Grace Challenge Cup now for 12 crews
The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup now for 16 crews
The Diamond Challenge Sculls now for 16 scullers
This decision is reflected in the Schedule of Crews required to Qualify.
Sir Steve Redgrave, C.B.E.
Chairman of the Committee of Management
2016 Henley Royal Regatta receives a record number of entries underlining its position as the World's most prestigious regatta.
629 crews have been entered eclipsing the previous record of 552 set in 1998.
International entries have also defied previous records with 165 crews entered for this year’s event against a 2012 high of 133.
27 nations will be competing for honours – another Henley record which overshadows the 2013 best of 22 nations.
Henley Royal Regatta’s live broadcast coverage of the 2015 event has again been recognised for its creativity and innovation with a nomination at the prestigious Broadcast Digital Awards.
Five days of action were shown live on the Regatta’s Official YouTube Channel, that received 297,000 views from around the globe, enjoying full broadcast coverage of the event for the first time since 1968. Over 200 races were filmed by 10 cameras along the 2,112m course with the pioneering inclusion of live aerial pictures from a drone camera giving viewers a unique perspective of the action.
Henley Royal Regatta’s live production and broadcast of the 2015 Regatta has made the Official Shortlist for an award in the prestigious BT Sport Industry Awards.
The production, which was streamed on YouTube for all five days of the Regatta and included the ground-breaking inclusion of live aerial pictures from a drone camera, has made the final list in the Cutting Edge Sport Award.
Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Committee of Management said: “We are delighted to have made the shortlist in the Cutting Edge category. It is testament to the fantastic job done by the HRR Broadcast team, Sunset + Vine and SP Films that Henley is now on a shortlist alongside the likes of Hawk-Eye technology, and Formula E. We set out to innovate, and raise the standard of broadcast coverage of our sport. So it is gratifying, and a great honour for the team and the Regatta, to have received this industry recognition."
The official shortlist - selected by more than 70 key industry figures involving 40 hours of intensive judging - will now go forward for consideration by the main judging panel to decide the winners in each category. Nick Keller, Chairman, Sport Industry Group, said: “Throughout a thorough steering process, overseen by our official adjudicators EY, the Steering Committees had as tough a job as ever narrowing down the list, with any piece of work making the Official Shortlist representing a truly stellar achievement.”
The winners will be announced on April 28th 2016 at the BT Sport Industry Awards, the industry’s flagship commercial sports awards event. It is attended by 1,750 high profile guests from the British and international sport industry including business leaders and media. More information can be found at http://www.sportindustry.biz/events/awards/2016/shortlist
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA - STEWARDS' DECEMBER MEETING 2015
The Committee of Management has become increasingly aware that there is a need to try to help good club oarsmen who have previously won a club event at Henley Royal Regatta to stay in the sport and support the rowing community, so as to improve the level of regional rowing overall.
The Committee has therefore concluded that for The Thames Challenge Cup a crew may contain up to two oarsmen who have previously won The Thames, The Wyfold or The Britannia Challenge Cups. For The Wyfold Challenge Cup this would be one oarsman. The Britannia Challenge Cup will stay the same. Clubs are reminded of General Rule 3:-
"The Committee shall have the power, at any time, to notify a club that an entry will not be accepted in certain events if the Committee considers such an entry to be inappropriate."
To avoid disappointment, should a club have any doubts as to the suitability of one or more potential crew members for The Thames, The Wyfold or The Britannia Challenge Cups then the Captain or Coach should contact William Hammond, the Steward in charge of entries, at the earliest possible date.
The Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Iain Reid for 28 years of service on the Committee of Management; he will be replaced by Neil Chugani.
8th December, 2015
For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta, Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Today’s men’s eight final at the Henley Royal Regatta was a ‘top of the bill’ race between the World Champions, Great Britain, and Germany, Olympic Champions.
Screamed home by the famous Henley crowd, the GB eight put in a storming performance to defend their title and win by clear water.
The British eight was super-fast out of the blocks, had built a big lead and powered over the line.
In this fascinating duel between two of the top crews in the world in the sport’s blue riband event, the score this season now stands at 2-1 to the British crew – many of whom had been following the women’s world cup football results.
New Zealand’s Olympic Champion, Mahe Drysdale, added a remarkable fifth Henley title to his career tally at Henley Royal Regatta this morning.
Competing in the open single scull event, the Diamond Challenge Sculls, he made this man-killing event - on one of the toughest courses in international rowing - look easy and won in 8:11 by a big margin over Hungarian International Gabor Csepregi.
“It’s a Regatta I always enjoy coming to”, said Drysdale. “It’s always great to race these guys that you don’t know much about because you never know what they’re going to throw at you and I’ve really enjoyed the Regatta”.
Mirka Knapkova, from the Czech Republic will seek to emulate Drysdale in this afternoon’s programme in the equivalent women’s event. The Olympic Champion, who based herself in Henley in the lead up to the 2012 Games, also has four titles going into the finals today.
The Great Britain men’s eight teed up the final the home crowd wanted when they beat the Australians in the semis of the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta today.
Racing here as Leander Club & Molesey B.C., the British boat now face their arch-rivals Germany. This morning they made light of a swirling head-wind to come through in 6:32 against the Australian national eight freshly arrived in Europe.
GB, the World Champions, and Germany, the Olympic Champions, have raced each other twice already this season. The Germans won in Poznan to take the European title whilst the British took the honours in Varese in a thrilling world cup final 10 days ago.
Paul Bennett, a reigning World Champion, said: “I am actually really excited about facing Germany here. We obviously usually race six lanes but this will be a real side-by-side, honest battle. We have been back and forth the last few times we have raced each other, so I really don’t know what is going to happen. It’s just going to be a genuine, hard race fought tooth and nail”.
The German coach Ralf Holtmeyer, whose crew is relishing the chance to race the GB boat on their home waters, said: “We like racing here, it’s very British, it’s different to other international regattas and the boys like it. Poznan was not the normal form of the British eight. After Poznan we said the potential of the British eight is higher and Varese was the higher level. And now we see.”