Morning Briefing with Sarah Winckless - Friday

 All the things you need to know about the racing today at Henley Royal Regatta with Sarah Winckless, Race Umpire, Steward and Olympic medallist.


 It’s a really exciting day because we start to see the Olympic medallists alongside the quarter-finalists in some of our events. Obviously, we’re really sad that Emma Twigg had to withdraw yesterday, but today we do get the treat of starting to watch some of those world class athletes on the back of their results in Tokyo and other Olympics Games.


Race 2 - 9.35    Stonor 659 Buriak & Kobus-Zawojska, UKR/POL vs 657 M. Baher & H. Mead, USA

We’ve got to mention the Ukrainian athlete, she’s been living in Poland since the war started and we see that double racing together and it’s really easy when you’re focusing on the rowing to forget what’s going on in Ukraine, so it’s great to see her racing. 

Race 3  - 9.40 Fawley  455 St. Andrew B. C.   vs 430 Hereford Cathedral School

Hereford raced all the way to the line yesterday and I think that could be an interesting match. 

Race 10 - 10.20 Stonor  671 A.L.C. Reardon & L.J. Coleman, AUS vs 668 O.A. Obukohwo & K.S.A. George

We’ve got the Aussie lightweight double that just got a medal in the World Cup and coming up against a heavyweight development crew from GB. 

Race 16 - 11.00 Wargrave 102 Thames R.C. 'A' vs 80 Barbarians R.C., AUS

Every single commentator went for this race when I asked them for their one to watch. Barbarians are a club that bring together athletes, who have competed at a high level and we’ve seen some of them in the past in American universities and now they’re back in Australia training. A few of them have been through school together. 

Race 18 - 11.10 Town 316 Waiariki R.C., NZL vs 313 Ox. Brookes Univ. & Oxford U.W.B.C.

Olympic silver medallist in this one - so our first Olympic medallist of the day, I think. It’s the New Zealand four against the Oxford Brookes and Oxford University one, who have two winners from the Island Challenge last year. 

Race 20 - 11.20 PRCC 735 H.E. Scott vs 718 D. Dymchenko, AZE

Diana Dymchenko racing for Azerbaijan, but in the past she raced for Ukraine. Diana has been a medallist at the Europeans and Hannah we saw get a medal at World Cup I and again I was impressed with how she managed her way to get through to today.

Race 23 - 11.40 Fawley 438 Leander Club vs 420 Claires Court School

Leander have been at a high level all year, but up and down from the very top level, Claires Court look like another class crew. 

Race 33 -  2.10 Hambleden 627 G. Prendergast & K. Williams, NZL vs  615 L. Ahyi & F. Van Westreenen, USA

If I was coming to Henley Royal Regatta as a spectator I would go up to the start to watch these races because watching the Olympic champions go up against developing athletes, will be a real thing to see. 

At the start they will be doing absolutely their best work, guns out, and the opposition will be up to upset them. Of course, we know upsets do happen Mahé Drysdale and Brigham always springs to mind - I umpired that race (in 2019).

Race 36 - 2.30 P.Grace 389 Chinese National Rowing Team, CHN vs 391 Leander Club 'A' & Race 37 - 2.35 Hambleden 618 L.R. Edmunds & K.S. King-Smith, USA vs 625 M. Musnicki & J. Morrison, USA

Races 36 & 37 more Olympic gold medallists. The Chinese in the quad and Musnicki & Morrison. 

Race 42  - 3.05 PE  267 King's School Parramatta, AUS  vs  258 St. Paul's School

PE watch! King’s School were ten seconds slower than St Paul’s two weeks ago when they came over. However, jet lag, first coming here, they’ve impressed at this regatta, let’s see what they can do against them today. 

Race 51 - 4.00 Island 231 Yale University, USA 229  vs University of Washington, USA

 A good all-American match-up. 

Race 56 - 5.30 Goblets 606 M. Macdonald & T. Mackintosh, NZL 609 W. Stocovaz & S. Pienaar, USA & Race 60 -  5.50 Remenham 13 University of Washington, USA vs 10 Rowing Australia, AUS

More Olympic golds; the New Zealand pair in 56 and the Australian eighteenths in 60. 

Race 67 - 6.35 Thames  77 West End R.C., NZL  vs 37 Leander Club

West End - unusual for a New Zealand club crew to come over and they looked impressive and now they’re up against Leander let’s see.