07 July

Aussie Rules

Finals day was kicked off in style by The Wyfold Challenge Cup. After losing in last year’s Thames Cup final, N.S.R. Oslo were determined to leave Henley with some silverware but Sydney Rowing Club had other plans. The Australians lead from the start and they have won their first Henley trophy since 2015.

Crimson Tide

The favourites to win in many eyes after the first few days of racing, Harvard opened up a modest lead over their opposition from Durham University at the Barrier where they had a ⅔ length lead. They extended this lead throughout the race, fluctuating...

06 July

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.

Primetime P.E.

The final of the Schoolboy Eights will once...

05 July

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’...

04 July

Northern Skirmishes

The saying ‘the early bird catches the worm’ can be fittingly applied to Newcastle University, who, this morning, beat Edinburgh University in the Temple Challenge Cup.  It was not without drama as both crews were warned for their steering and ultimately clashed before the end of the Island.  Edinburgh refused to let the Geordies capitalise on this and fought valiantly until the end.  Despite an appeal, the race result was upheld and Newcastle will face Brown University in a repeat of last year’s Friday race.

The students become the masters


03 July

I come from a land down under

The first race of the day laid the foundations for what could be an exquisite Henley Royal Regatta for our antipodean cousins. In a heat of the Thames Challenge Cup, Wairau Rowing Club kicked-off a day of non-stop success as all but three Kiwi and Australian crews progressed through to the next round of racing.

London Calling

London Rowing Club were one of those three clubs to fell an Australasian giant. In a heat of the Wyfold Challenge Cup, London were nip and tuck all the way down the course in a barnburner of a race with their opponents, Aramoho Whanganui, New Zealand...

08 July

Prince Albert

Final’s day at Henley kicked off in style as Goldie Boat Club took on last year’s finalists, Imperial College London. The boys from the Tideway led from start to finish as they put together an impressive display of rowing. Cox Wilf Le Brocq said after the race that he was really happy with the way the race was executed.


The Henley river was painted black following Molesey’s victory in the Wyfold Challenge Cup.  The crew faced tough competition from Australia’s Mercantile Rowing Club but took control through the middle to claim the competition for club...

07 July

Prince Out Pink

In one of the shocks of the morning session, Leander Club’s ‘A’ quad were knocked out of the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup by a very impressive unit from A.A.S.R Skoll. Leander, who have won this event on five of the last six occasions, simply could not live with the pace and power of the Dutch, who led from the off and sculled away to set up a Sunday meeting with Edinburgh University and Nottingham Rowing Club. The last time Leander didn’t make the final of the Prince of Wales was in 2005.

Thames in for the Thames

Thames Rowing Club will be attempting to make it...

06 July

Records Tumble

On a stunning day in the Thames Valley, with a brisk tailwind keeping spectators cool and boats fast during the morning session, record fell on the Friday. Imperial College broke every marker record to finish the course two seconds inside the existing time in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup. The University of Washington beat the record set by A.S.R. Nereus to the Fawley marker in the Temple Challenge Cup whilst numerous other times were equalled across the morning session.

Schoolboy Ascendency

2018 will be remembered as the year when juniors took to the fore in...

05 July

Start As You Mean To Go On

The opening race of the day, a Prince of Wales contest between Reading University ‘C’ and a Thames/London composite, went the distance as both crews pulled on every sinew of muscle and mental fortitude to scrap their way down the course. In the end, the composite crew prevailed by three feet in a race that set the tone for the remainder of the day.

Records Fall

On another picturesque day at Henley Royal Regatta, various intermediate records fell in the morning session. St Paul’s School, widely reputed as favourites for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup...

04 July

Eton Mass

It was a good morning for any Etonians lining the bank, as two of their crews successfully navigated the heats of the Princess Elizabeth and Temple Challenge Cups. In the event for schoolboy eights, Eton saw off fierce rivals Hampton School, striding away from the barrier with a clear advantage and never relinquishing the lead. Eton’s second eight, who impressed by qualifying for the competition as schoolboys, maintained their strong domestic form by beating a student crew from Newcastle University in the Temple Challenge Cup.

Tight Margins

The Wednesday of Henley Royal...

03 July

Schoolboy Showdown

Race 28 will see two of the biggest junior names come face-to-face on the Henley stretch, with Eton battling it out against Hampton. Eton, semi-finalists in last year’s Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, will be looking to go one better this year in a side of the draw that also contains Bedford School and St Joseph’s College Nudgee, of Australia. Hampton’s first eight failed to make the finals at the National Schools’ Regatta but half of their crew for Henley Royal won a bronze in Championship Coxed Fours at Dorney in May.

Thames Expects

On day one of racing, heats for...

02 July

The Northern Lights

In The Prince Albert Challenge Cup, Newcastle University timed their race to perfection to beat Imperial College London in a record breaking race. Imperial College took an early lead, equalling the record to The Barrier and breaking the record to Fawley by one second. Newcastle then rowed through Imperial College, setting a new record of 6:48; six seconds faster than the previous record.


Windsor Winners

The Windsor Boys’ School rowed an immaculate race, beating the record by four seconds and beating Claires Court School by half a length. Windsor were three seconds behind the...