With temperatures rising, the competition on the water got hotter too with the start of the Britannia, Visitors, Goblets, Diamond Sculls, Diamond Jubilee and Prince of Wales cup competitions. With men sweltering in their blazers, it was finally announced at 3.30pm in Steward’s Enclosure they could remove them.
There was a landmark for Henley Royal Regatta on YouTube with Race 15 a Double Sculls race at 9.50am being thier 1000th race broadcast.
With perfect conditions on the water, records were broken in the morning session. St Paul’s School, widely reputed as favourites for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, broke the record to the Fawley marker, covering the distance in three minutes exactly. A.A.S.R Skoll set new records to the Barrier and Fawley in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup for Intermediate Quads, clocking 1:50 and 3:05 respectively.
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.
Henley Royal Regatta is famed for its global appeal and the international crews present at this year’s event continued to make themselves heard on day two. Wairau and Petone took a strong win in the Visitors Challenge Cup, whilst Sydney Rowing Club impressed in the Diamond Jubilee to defeat Sir William Perkins School. Montclair Mounties Rowing Club continued their remarkable assault on the Thames Challenge Cup with a solid victory over London Rowing Club, whilst RTHC Bayer Leverkusen also won their second heat of the Wyfold Challenge Cup against Putney Town Rowing Club.
Shiplake College’s red-hot domestic form may have marked them out to most as a sure thing in their second-round contest for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. However, Brunswick clearly hadn’t got the memo and stole a march on their opponents off the blocks. In the end, Shiplake overhauled the stubborn resistance of an American unit determined that if they must return home prematurely they wouldn’t do so without a fight. Shiplake will face Radley College today (Thursday) at 4.00pm.
Leander Club had a good Thursday. They beat local rivals Upper Thames RC by 2 1/4 lengths in the Visitors’ (M4-), Monmouth Comprehensive School easily in the Fawley (JM4x), Itchen Imperial RC in 2 1/4 lengths in the Thames (M8+) and Jamie Kirkwood won his heat against against G Suursild from Kingston Rowing Club easily in the Diamond Challenge Sculls. A composite crew of Leander (David Bewicke-Copley, Braeden Camp, Lenny Jenkins) and Cambridge University BC beat Columbia University, USA, in the Visitors’ too. Sholto Carnegie from Leander teamed up with Rob Hurn from Cambridge University BC to beat C.J. Buchanan & N.J. Elkington in the Goblets. In the Prince of Wales (M4x) Leander Club beat a Leander composite crew with Army RC by 1 1/4 lengths.
Upper Thames Rowing Club ended their 2018 Regatta hopes of winning a trophy when they were eliminated from the Wyfold Challenge Cup after losing to Australia’s Upper Yarra Rowing Club in a closely fought race by 1 length.
Henley Rowing Club in the Diamond Jubilee (JW4x) saw their A crew beat Latymer Upper School D by 1 1/2 lengths and their B crew beat St. George’s College by 2 lengths. In the Fawley (JM4x) their A crew beat Claires Court School by 2 lengths and however their B crew were narrowly defeated by Westminster School. Today (Thursday) Henley RC races will be at 11:00 Henley B (JW4x) Vs Headington 11:40 Henley (JM4x) Vs Maidenhead 12:20 Henley A JM4x Vs Y Quad Cities USA.