Inside Lines, the daily briefing notes from the Henley Royal Regatta Press Office, will be available during the 2015 Regatta.
The British men’s eight kept the Grand Challenge Cup trophy in “home hands” for another year as they put in a blistering performance to beat the German national eight but there were upsets for the University of Washington and Westminster School.
A number of GB national squad crews progressed to Sunday’s finals, including the British men’s eight, and the Americans had a “swell” Independence Day with Yale, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington all reaching significant finals.
The morning session had a Scottish and Dutch flavour as records tumbled in still and sunny conditions. The University of Washington took the verdict against Princeton in the much awaited all-American Ladies’ Challenge Plate clash.
The big American entry was never more apparent than this afternoon and evening’s sessions when 23 US crews were in action. Today’s 80 races were played out in cooler temperatures than yesterday but breezy later conditions.
Today’s 80-race programme began under blue skies and light breezes before the temperatures soared and gentlemen were permitted to remove their jackets in the Stewards’ Enclosure
Abingdon School, three times recent winners of the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, were knocked out in the opening round and there were clashes, a restart and a brilliant comeback.
Today saw the beginning of a five-day live broadcast of the Regatta which is appearing every day on YouTube and on finals day on-line on the BBC Red Button and website.