Inside Lines - Friday 5th July, 2019

Gloucester crash out

Four-time winners of The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup, Gloucester Rowing Club, had their hopes of a fifth title stopped dead in their tracks.  In the fourth race of the day, the Hammersmith school, Latymer Upper, were unable to etch out a lead of more than half a length until Gloucester collided with an immovable object in the shape of the wooden booms. The girls from the West of England will have to wait another year to see if they can secure that elusive fifth Diamond Jubilee Cup.

For Queen and Country

After an outstanding set of four races, the semi-finalists of The King’s Cup have been decided.  France, Germany, Australia and the United States of America all won their naval battles and will resume their swashbuckling in front of the Saturday crowds.

Taxi for Brigham 

After sealing his place in rowing history, Matt Brigham of Leeds University fell short in The Diamond Challenge Sculls.  Luuk Adema of the Netherland’s brought the BUCS silver medalist’s event to an end as the sun basked down on the day three of Henley Royal Regatta.  Elsewhere in the same side of the draw, last year’s runner up and World Champion, Kjetil Borch, finished his campaign this year when he was beaten by Guillaume Krommenhoek in today’s heat.  Adema and Krommenhoek will meet tomorrow for a place in Sunday’s final.

World class racing

The Chinese National Rowing Team arrived in full force today.  All of the crews have successfully navigated the day’s racing. The New Zealand national team’s spirits will also be high, as they look to repeat the success of two years ago.

A sense of deja-vu

After a technical fault, The Prince of Wales race between Edinburgh University & Nottingham R.C. and The Windsor Boys’ School & Windsorian R.C. was postponed until the last race of the day.  The British U23 crew which features 3 World Champions put their past difficulties behind them and made light work of the all-star crew from Windsor.

Looking ahead

As we enter the business end of the Regatta things are heating up in both The Temple Challenge Cup and The Princess Elizabeth.  The PE will see the last two winners, Scotch College Australia and St Paul’s School going bowball to bowball while The Temple Challenge Cup will see last year’s runners up, Oxford Brookes face-off with the 2015 winners A.S.R. Nereus from the Netherlands. With crews having to navigate two races in order to reach Sunday’s racing, The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup will feature some of the most tactical racing of the day. Crews will look to conserve as much energy as possible while safely ensuring they find themselves racing later on in the day.