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...
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...
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.
2018 will be remembered as the year when juniors took to the fore in...
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.
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...
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.
The Wednesday of Henley Royal...
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.
On day one of racing, heats for...
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.
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...
The Temple Challenge Cup provided some of the day’s best racing, as foreign interest in the competition was extinguished by two very strong British crews. The University of London defeated Yale University, USA having been led to the Barrier; whilst Oxford Brookes saw off the testing challenge of University of California, Berkeley, USA. These crews will now meet in the final on Sunday in what is sure to be a race which will split the supporters at Henley.
The nature of the two Wyfold Challenge Cup semi-finals were almost exactly opposite, as one kept the Henley...
New Women’s Events Begin
The women’s fours, pairs and double sculls began for the very first time at Henley Royal Regatta today, with several notable crews providing an ideal coronation for the new events. Olympic Champion Kim Brennan raced and won in an Oxford Brookes & Melbourne, Australia combination whilst Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler followed up their win at the second World Rowing Cup with a convincing opening display in the Women’s Pairs.
It was a tale of two halves in the Wyfold Challenge Cup, as Commercial Rowing Club, Ireland led their quarter-final at the Barrier...
Thursday morning saw some of the most intense racing of the Regatta in the Britannia Challenge Cup, as crews jostled all the way down the course. RTHC Bayer Leverkusen, Germany came out on top of a photo finish in the Britannia Challenge Cup, whilst Stratford- upon-Avon triumphed over Riverside Boat Club, USA by a canvas.
Disaster in the Diamonds
It is a truth universally acknowledged that rowing is generally easier when a sculler remains in their boat before the race has even begun. Evidently, no-one told Matthew O’Leary of Oxford University Boat Club this, as he ended up...
The 2017 season of the world’s most famous Regatta began in earnest at 9am this morning, under moody grey skies. Not to be deterred, the racing began with a clash between City of Oxford rowing club and Thames Rowing Club ‘B’ in the aptly named Thames Challenge Cup, with the Putney-based crew prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths.
In a few short minutes, both Dutch crews in action this morning ran out winners in their respective heats. K.A.R.Z.V De Hoop, who were racing in the Wyfold Challenge Cup, defeated Fulham Reach Boat Club, before K.S.R Njord saw off stiff opposition from Oxford...
Today at Henley
Finals day at Henley. It’s what four days of intensive racing amongst a record breaking 629 crews boils down to. 40 crews, 20 races and one stunning setting with the River Thames bathed in sunshine for the final day of head to head racing on the water.
In a hugely competitive first race of the day, Headington School took on Gloucester Rowing Club who were going for their third win in a row in The Jubilee Challenge Cup. The crews were level at the end of the Island before Headington took a small lead....