The sun continued to shine on Day 2 of Henley Regatta with what seemed more pleasure boats out on the river taking in the spectacle.
The rowing on the water stepped up a gear with second rounds for some crews and the start of the intermediate events and open mens’ doubles and pairs.
Leander Club beat University of London and Edinburgh University in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup (M4x) winning by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 6 minutes and 35 seconds.
In the Visitors’ Challenge Cup (M4-), Leander Club were involved in three races. The composite Thames RC and Leander Club crew were beaten narrowly in the morning by Dusseldorf and Crefeld, Germany by a 1/3 of a length and then the University College Dublin beat Leander Club 2 1/4 lengths in a time of six minutes and 53 seconds. The composite Cambridge University and Leander Club won against Thames Rowing Club by 1 1/4 length in a new record, beating last year’s record set by Leander Club by one second.
Leander Club also had two crews in the Fawley Cup (JM4x). Leander A beat against Tideway Scullers School A by 3 1/2 lengths and Leander B beat St Peter’s College NZ by 3/4 length.
In a clash of the local schools between Shiplake College and Reading Blue Coat in the Princess Elizabeth Cup, Shiplake College won the close race by 1 3/4 lengths in the end. Shiplake will now face St Joseph’s Preparatory School, USA in the next round tomorrow.
Henley Rowing Club had 3 crews in the Fawley Challenge Cup (JM4x). The A crew had a decisive victory in their first round beating Scotch College, Melbourne by 3 lengths in a time of 6.56 minutes. The B crew beat Walton Rowing Club by 2 lengths but unfortunately the C crew were beaten by Tideway Scullers School C by 1 1/4 lengths.
Upper Thames were beaten easily by Moseley BC in the Britannia Cup (M4+) and M8+ (Thames Cup) lost to the New Zealand Wairau Rowing Club by 3/4 length but the pair of Jonnie Jackson and O Stephens beat J Heuchan and B C D Parsonage in the Double Sculls by 2 lengths.
In the singles events, Upper Thames RC’s. Gillian Cooper, beat A G Campbell-Orde in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup (W1x) and Leander Club’s Harry David Leask beat M Frankel by three and one quarter lengths in a time of 7 minutes and 45 seconds in the Diamond Challenge Sculls. However, Leander’s Stuart Innes was disappointed in the Diamond Challenge Sculls, after losing to Norway’s Kjetil Borch, by 2 1/4 lengths.
Leander’s Oliver Dix and his sculling partner, Queens University, Belfast’s Nathan Hull beat MS Cummings and Z Youell in the Double Sculls.
Henley’s favourite New Zealand sculler, six-time winner of the Diamond Challenge Sculls, Mahe Drysdale was shown the door in the opening day of the Diamond Challenge Sculls. Matt Brigham of Leeds University will remember this day for the rest of his life as he recorded a famous victory over the two-time Olympic champion. The show isn’t over for the 40-year old Kiwi, who will return on Sunday to race The Grand Challenge Cup.