Shipping off to Boston
The Saturday of Henley brings some of the most ferocious racing the Regatta has to offer. The showdown between Harvard University, USA and Oxford Brookes provided spectators with another contest that will go down in the history books. Despite never leading the race, the crimson’s Boston stubbornness prevailed as they rowed through Oxford Brookes in front of the Stewards enclosure to win by four feet. Harvard will face Durham University who beat the University of St Andrews in the other semi-final.
The final of the Schoolboy Eights will once again see Scotch College from Melbourne looking to put a dampener on the British summer. Dubbed the “mullet gang” in the press box, they beat last year’s winners, St Paul’s School by ⅓ of a length, crushing the hopes of a repeat of last year’s success by the Hammersmith school. On the other side of the draw, it was the 2016 winners, Eton College who beat home favourites, Shiplake College. Eton’s time to the finish was one second quicker than Scotch, setting up a final that will likely be one of the highlights of the day.
A masterpiece van Gogh would be proud of
The first of two heats for the Town Challenge Cup was an all Dutch affair. The national crew, racing as, Hollandia were confronted with stiff opposition from A.S.R. Nereus & R.S.V. Univ. Okeanos early on come away from the island. However, the superior firepower of the senior crew resulted in a time that equalled the Barrier record, set a new Fawley record by one second and dismantled the course record by four seconds. They will face the Chinese rowing team tomorrow who did the same time to the barrier.
Hollandia also equalled the Fawley record in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup and while seeing off Leander in the Ladies’ Plate, they both equalled the Fawley record and broke the course record by one second.
The Best of British
The flagship crew from Oxford Brookes University made light work of the British U23 eight, racing as Cambridge University and Newcastle University. In a day that has seen record times start to crumble, Brookes also left their own mark as they equalled the Fawley record while cruising to a one length win. In the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup, Great Britain U23 crew have set new records to the Barrier and Fawley by one second respectively marking them favourites for tomorrow’s race.
The white-hot All Blacks
Grace Prendergast & Kerri Gowler have had an outstanding regatta so far. They are both racing in the Hambleden Pairs as well as the Remenham Challenge Cup, for Waiariki Rowing Club. Their time to Fawley from today equalled their record from two years ago and their course time has set a new record, which they also held previously. This morning they beat Hollandia Roeiclub in the eight and they will contest two finals tomorrow.
The final of The Kings Cup will be contested by the armed forces of Germany and The United States of America. The countries saw off Australia and France respectively.
Tomorrow’s matchup in the Fawley Challenge Cup will see local rivals Leander and Henley going head to head on this hallowed stretch of water. The blue riband event, The Grand Challenge Cup will see the national crews of Great Britain and New Zealand battling it out. New Zealand feature six times winner off the Diamond Sculls, Mahe Drysdale and Hamish Bond, who was undefeated in 69 races in the Men’s Pair, including two Olympic gold medals.