Westminster School are still on course for the triple crown having beaten Hampton School in this afternoon’s second round of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
They are already National Schools’ and Schools’ Head winners and are seeking to add the schoolboy event title here. They won by a length and a third during the post-lunch sessions in which the USA’s huge entry began to make its presence felt.
No fewer than 23 American crews were in action as a precursor to the next two days’ racing which will see some significant US rivalries on the Henley Reach.
For the first time in almost a century two American “giants’ will go head-to-head at Henley 2015 when the Universities of Princeton and Washington race each other in the heats of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate for intermediate eights.
Number 31 Squadron is one of three operational Tornado GR4 Squadrons and is currently based at RAF Marham in Norfolk. The Squadron was formed at Farnborough on 11 October 1915 and will be celebrating its centenary later this year.
The Tornado GR4 is a two-seat, all-weather, day/night attack and reconnaissance aircraft which has been in service since 1974. Currently supporting the ongoing operations in Iraq, the Tornado has deployed all over the world with Kosovo, Chad, Afghanistan and Libya being a small selection of destinations in the recent past.
Abingdon and Shrewsbury Schools both exited Henley Royal Regatta earlier than they might have anticipated today as they were knocked out in the opening rounds of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup for schoolboy eights.
The three racing sessions also saw some clashes, a restart and a mysterious case of melting oars as well as live broadcast for the first time since 1967.
King’s School Canterbury were somewhat scuppered in their opening race of the same event when the spoon of the strokeman’s oar parted company with the shaft mid-race.
They went on to lose out to the much-fancied Westminster School who are making an assault on rowing’s hat-trick here, having already won the Schools’ Head and the National Schools Championships.
Abingdon School, three times winners in the past four years of the coveted schoolboy eights title at Henley Royal Regatta, were the shock early exit from Henley Royal Regatta this morning.
A close race had been anticipated with St Paul’s School in the opening heats of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup but it turned into a comfortable win in 6:52 for the London-based school who dominated from the early phases.
Abingdon coach Ali Brown said: "It’s a talented crew; they’ll go on to do better things but it’s a sad day at the moment"
In the afternoon session Hampton School overturned Shrewsbury School in another unexpected outcome in the same event.
Earlier Cantabrigian won the opening race of the day, a club eights race, against Marlow R.C. which featured Jordan Beecher, an amputee, who is trialling for the GB Rowing Team para-rowing squad.
Finals Day of the 2015 event will be broadcast live on Sunday 5th July on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.
In addition to the already announced live YouTube coverage throughout the Regatta, this partnership enhances the reach of this world-famous event.
Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Committee of Management of the Regatta, said: “This is a further step in the innovative and exciting project we have undertaken this year to take the Regatta to audiences around the world as well as to UK sports fans”.
“We are delighted to have teamed up this year with the BBC, the Olympic broadcaster, which also covers the Boat Races and international rowing. This is a fantastic addition to our live coverage.”
The 2015 Henley Royal Regatta could see a clash of the reigning World and Olympic Champions if both Great Britain and Germany reach the final of The Grand Challenge Cup for men’s eights.
Germany, also the reigning European Champions, took the Olympic title in 2012 but the British have won the last two World titles in the sport’s Blue Riband event. GB will race as Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club and Germany will be represented by Hansa von 1898 e.V. Dortmund.
Henley Royal Regatta Chairman Sir Steve Redgrave has today announced the broadcast presentation and commentary team for this year’s Regatta Henley Royal Regatta 2015 – the first Henley to be televised live since 1968.
Olympic medallists Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sarah Winckless will be managing the team which includes a quintet of lead commentators who will inform and engage the You Tube audience from 1-5 July with more than 250 races going out live in High Definition from a 10-camera production.
Peter Drury, of ITV football and Boat Race commentary renown, and Garry Herbert, Olympic gold medallist and lead BBC Sport rowing commentator since 1998, will be joined by Martin Cross, FISA and BBC commentator and Olympic gold medallist as well as BBC Berkshire’s Tim Dellor.
Henley Royal Regatta will be available to view around the world via a live stream in 2015, the Committee of Management of the world-famous Regatta has announced.
All racing will be shown live and a daily highlights show will be available to watch on demand within an hour of the close of each day’s racing from July 1-5.
Mike Sweeney has retired as Chairman of the Committee of Management after 22 years at the helm. Mike became a Steward in 1974 and took over the Chairmanship in January 1993.
At today’s Annual Meeting of the Stewards Sir Steve Redgrave, C.B.E. was elected as the new Chairman of the Committee of Management. Steve was elected a Steward in 1996 and became a Member of the Committee in December 1999. For the last 12 months Steve has acted as Vice-Chairman.
Steve won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000 as well as a bronze medal at the 1988 summer games, a grand total of six Olympic medals. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Championships gold medals. With five gold medals and one bronze, Steve is the most successful male rower in Olympic history, and his achievement of being the only Olympian to have won gold medals at five different Olympic Games in an endurance sport has led to him being hailed as Britain's greatest-ever Olympian.
Steve’s record at Henley Royal Regatta is also unsurpassed. He has won 22 Henley medals, including seven victories in The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup for Pairs.
Sir Matthew Pinsent will replace Mike Sweeney on the Committee of Management for 2015.
Matthew Brittin, Esq. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.
Matthew Brittin was educated at Hampton School and Robinson College, Cambridge where he studied Land Economy. He was awarded an MBA from the London Business School in 1997. Matthew joined Google in January 2007, becoming Managing Director of Google UK in 2009. He is currently a Google Vice President.
In his two appearances at the Junior World Rowing Championships Matthew won silver medals in the coxless fours event in 1985 and 1986. His first senior international appearance was in 1987 when he rowed in the Great Britain Eight at the World Championships. In 1988 he won a bronze medal in the British Under 23 Eight and in 1989 he won a bronze medal in the British Eight at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.
Matthew rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Races of 1987, 1988 and 1989. He was President in his last year.
Matthew is married with two sons.