Sunshine Draws Crowds for Day 1 of Henley Regatta

Big crowds descended on Henley to enjoy the first day of Henley Royal Regatta in the sunshine.

Visitors from all over the world came dressed up for the occasion in colourful dresses and bright-coloured blazers with statement hats for many too.

On the water there were 84 events, starting at 9.00am with the first race of the Thames Challenge Cup (M8+) when Wairau Rowing Club, New Zealand beat Kingston Rowing Club B by 1 length.

In a first… The Scots College, Australia competing in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup clashed with an umbrella which had strayed onto the course shortly after the start from Temple Meadows. This however, didn’t hinder the crew as they went on to beat Claire’s Court School by nearly two lengths.

There were four local crews involved on Day 1.  Upper Thames RC beat City of Bristol RC by 3/4 length in the Thames Cup (M8+) but they were beaten easily by Worcester in the Wyfold (M4-) and the B Crew in Thames Cup (M8+) lost to Kingston RC by 4 3/4 lengths.  Shiplake College started their competition in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup against The King’s School, Chester beating them by 2 lengths in a time of 6.30 minutes.

The towpath was busy and there were lots of pleasure boats out on the river including Big Duck who was collecting for the RNLI after completing his challenge ducking under 184 bridges from Wargrave to Lechlade and then all the way to Teddington.

Those of you who have fond memories of the fun fair at the Regatta years ago might like to have a go on the new Sky Swing on Temple Meadows which spins high above the towpath.

Henley Rowing Club and Leander Club will start their racing tomorrow.

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