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.”
Great Britain’s eight, racing here as Leander & Molesey B.C., made light of the headwind to beat Australia’s national eight comfortably in their semi-final of the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
The GB eight, stacked with World or Olympic medallists such as Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, George Nash, Matt Gotrel, Paul Bennett, Mohamed Shihi and Phelan Hill, produced a rock-solid start and gradually pulled away.
Stroked by local hero Will Satch - and including for the first time this year Boat Race winner Constantine Louloudis who is back in action after his University finals – the British eight just piled on the pressure to win by a length and a quarter in 6:32.
Australia, who are coached now by the renowned Tim McClaren, challenged consistently in the second half but could not make any headway.
Experts predicted that the clash between the Universities of Washington and Princeton in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate for intermediate eights would be the match up of the day at Henley Royal Regatta.
It did not disappoint. Princeton led early but Washington battled back to take the verdict.
Remarkably the strokeman of the Princeton eight was racing for the second time that day in the same event. He had earlier raced and lost with the Princeton “B” crew but was called up only hours later into his Universities top boat because of injury to their strokeman.
19 year-old strokeman Julian Goldman therefore went into one of the biggest races of his life having already rowed Henley’s demanding course. Afterwards he said: “I’m not quite as tired as I thought I’d be now. But I know I’m going to feel it later.”
Mahe Drysdale and Mirka Knapkova, the Olympic Champions in the open single sculls for men and women respectively, both won their opening races. They are both seeking fifth titles apiece here.
It was a busy morning for the Henley Royal Regatta historians as five records tumbled during a blistering start to day three.
Scottish and Dutch crews were in celebratory mood with significant wins and records between them.
Easily the most eye-catching record was the time of 6:03 set by Dutch eight ASR Nereus in the Temple Challenge Cup – a full nine seconds faster than the previous record set jointly by Harvard University and University of Berkeley, California in 2011.
“That’s amazing, that’s almost on a par with Bob Beamon breaking the long jump record all those years ago,” said Martin Cross, rowing commentator and 1984 Olympic gold medallist.
Today, Henley Royal Regatta is incorporating the pioneering use of a drone camera in its live coverage of the 176 year-old river racing. Whilst the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in sports filming is not new, only recent developments in drone and camera technology have allowed live pictures to be incorporated into an outside broadcast.
The UAV is being flown from a purpose-built platform in the middle of the Thames adjacent to the traditional Henley racing course, and can provide previously unseen angles and views of a rowing race. For the first time, the one-on-one nature of Henley’s match racing can be seen from above.
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.
British crews produced a strong string of performances to dominate the finals day of the 175th Anniversary Henley Royal Regatta.
There were wins in the open events for men’s and women’s eights, the men’s four and the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls on a day which saw a brace of races decided by just three feet after the 2112 metre course.
As expected the Olympic Champions Mahe Drysdale, of New Zealand, and Mirka Knapkova, Czech Republic, won the two open events for single scullers, adding to their growing collection of previous titles.
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 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.
Sir 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.