Men’s four open their campaign with comfortable win

Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, Mohamed Sbihi and Alex Gregory went largely unchallenged today to qualify for tomorrow’s final of the Henley Royal Regatta Stewards’ Challenge Cup for men’s fours.

The GB quartet, competing as a Molesey-Leander composite here and already European and world cup winners this season, had a length lead by the quarter-mile marker today in their semi-final over the French national four. They lengthened this throughout the race and could ease off at the finish.

Olympic Champions safely through at Henley as British national squad start their campaign

Olympic single scull Champions Mahe Drysdale and Mirka Knapkova are safely through their first round races at Henley Royal Regatta.

New Zealander Drysdale won by an official “easily” verdict over his compatriot George Bridgwater in the Diamond Challenge Sculls – the latter making a comeback after a long lay-off since winning Olympic bronze in another boat class in 2008.

A special tribute to mark 175 years

Matthew Pinsent - catch him during RegattaSir Matthew Pinsent, CBE has compiled a stunning book of photographs to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Henley Royal Regatta.

The book, which visually charts the history of the regatta, is based largely on the vast archive of Getty images and features many pictures that have never been seen before. Together with images from the HRR archive and more modern illustrations from photographer James Finlay, they form a moving tribute to all those who have competed or worked at Henley over 175 years.

Sizzling temperatures as the racing hots up at Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta’s 175th anniversary event moved up a gear today with a stunning series of close races in sizzling temperatures.

Closest of all was the dead-heat in the Visitors’ Challenge Cup for men’s fours between Seeclub Zurich of Switzerland and Molesey Boat Club.

Top Sailor Sir Ben Ainslie to present Henley trophies

Henley Royal Regatta has today announced that four-times Olympic Champion, Sir Ben Ainslie, is to present the trophies on Sunday to the winning crews.

As the official Prize-Giver, Sir Ben will join Regatta Chairman, Mike Sweeney, who will retire this year after 22 years of service, in the final act to mark the 175th Anniversary of the first Regatta, held in 1839.

Revenge is sweet – three years on

Dutch crew A.S.R Nereus produced the result of the opening day at the 175th anniversary Henley Royal Regatta today when they beat the University of California, Berkeley, in the Temple Challenge Cup for student men’s eights.

The verdict reversed the result in the final of the event three years ago and the damage was done at the very start with Nereus taking an early lead before going on to win.

“There were some revenge feelings but I think we can now focus on making the weekend”, said coach Teun van der Kroef.

Superb head to heads in store for 175th year

Henley Royal Regatta begins today and will celebrate its 175th anniversary in style with some superb head to head racing between the world’s best rowers.

The Regatta expects hundreds of thousands of spectators across the five days of racing with the weather forecast looking favourable.

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup

  1. The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta
  2. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup
  3. Committee of Management for 2014
  4. Election of Stewards


The Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls was instituted in 2012. In its first year the event attracted 15 entries and in 2013 the number increased to 21. The quality of the sculling and the closeness of the racing have been outstanding.

The Stewards have decided that a trophy should now be offered for this event and have been delighted to accept a Silver Cup from British Rowing. This trophy was first raced for in 1933 at the Thames Championships Regatta where it was presented to the winners of the England v France four-oared race. It reappeared in 1972 when it was presented by Weybridge Ladies’ Rowing Club as the Women’s Victor Ludorum Trophy at the National Rowing Championships.

The Stewards are delighted to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has given her approval for the trophy to be named

The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup

 

11th December, 2013

For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,
Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Telephone 01491-572153

 

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Committee of Management for 2014

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Committee of Management for 2014

  1. The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta
  2. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup
  3. Committee of Management for 2014
  4. Election of Stewards


The Committee of Management for 2014 is as follows:

  • Mr. M. A. Sweeney
  • Dr. I. Reid
  • Mr. R. C. Lester
  • Mr. F. J. Smallbone
  • Mr. M. D. Williams
  • Professor N. B. Rankov
  • Sir Steve Redgrave, C.B.E.
  • Mr. R. C. Phelps
  • Mr. R. C. Stanhope
  • Mr. G. W. Hammond
  • Mr. F. B. Hunt-Davis, M.B.E.
  • Miss G. Batten

Mike Sweeney has been elected as Chairman and Sir Steve Redgrave as Vice-Chairman for the 2014 Regatta.

Mike Sweeney was first elected Chairman of the Committee of Management in January 1993. He has informed the Committee that he intends to retire as Chairman after the 2014 Regatta, the 175th Anniversary of the foundation of the Regatta.
 

 

11th December, 2013

For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,
Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Telephone 01491-572153

 

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Election of Stewards

Stewards' Meeting December 2013 - Election of Stewards

  1. The Club Events at Henley Royal Regatta
  2. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup
  3. Committee of Management for 2014
  4. Election of Stewards
     

Election of Steward - Fiona Dennis

Fiona Dennis has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.

Fiona was born and educated in Derbyshire and is a member of Derby Rowing Club and Leander Club. She has recently retired from her teaching career as a Primary School Head Teacher.

Fiona is an International Umpire and a past member of the Thames Regional Umpires’ Committee. She umpired at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. She worked for six months with London 2012 and was responsible for the ‘Field of Play’ at Dorney Lake for the London Olympics.

Fiona has played an important role in many of the key areas of British Rowing. She is a past member of both the British Rowing Council and the British Rowing Executive Board. For many years she was the Chairman of the British Rowing Championships as well as being Chairman of the Race Committee for the Henley Women’s Regatta and the Women’s Head of the River Race.

Fiona is presently chairing the British Rowing Competition Committee, tasked with a complete review of the current competition structure. 

 

Election of Steward - Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter, M.B.E. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.

Mark was educated at Bower Park Academy and Havering Sixth Form College. Mark’s rowing career started at Poplar, Blackwall & District Rowing Club in the east end of London.

He quickly progressed through the GB rowing ranks, representing his country in the World Junior Championships in 1995 and 1996 before going on to achieve success at the U23 World Rowing Championships from 1997 to 2000. In 2001 Mark made the key decision to change class and to race as a lightweight.

In 2005 he was elected captain of Leander Club. In 2007 he teamed up with Zac Purchase and in their first year together they won a bronze medal at the World Championships in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls. In 2008 this double was the only undefeated crew in world rowing, going on to win the Olympic title in Beijing. In 2009 Mark was awarded an M.B.E. for his services to rowing.

After a year off in 2009, the double won gold medals at both the 2010 and 2011 World Championships. At the London Olympics in 2012 Mark won a silver medal in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls. 


Election of Steward - Tom James

Tom James, M.B.E. has been elected a Steward of the Regatta.

Tom James was educated at The King’s School, Chester before studying engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 

In his two appearances at the Junior World Rowing Championships Tom won a bronze medal and then a silver medal. His first senior international appearance was in 2003 when he stroked the Great Britain Eight which won a bronze medal at the World Championships.

Whilst at Cambridge Tom took part in the Boat Race four times in five years between 2003 and 2007 (taking a year off to train for the 2004 Summer Olympics). He was elected President of CUBC for the 2007 Boat Race.

Tom rowed in the two outstanding British coxless fours which won gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the London Olympics in 2012.  He currently rows at Molesey Boat Club and he was appointed M.B.E. in the 2009 New Year Honours.

 

11th December, 2013

For further information contact: D. G. M. Grist,
The Secretary, Henley Royal Regatta,
Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY
Telephone 01491-572153

 

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