Good Crowds For First Day of Henley Royal

A good crowd descended on Henley for the second six-day Henley Royal Regatta today.

There were fairly good conditions on the river for rowing with a light wind which tested some crews steering and there were a few rogue swans near the course.  In the first local crew race it was an interclub battle between Leander Club in the Prince of Wales (M4x) which saw an all Leander Club crew beating a Strathclyde Park R.C & Leander Club by 2 ¼ lengths.

Shiplake College had a good morning with JW4x beating Great Marlow School by 2 1/2 lengths and the JM8+ beating Green Lake, USA easily.

Henley RC’s 2023 didn’t get off to a good start on day 1 with Marlow RC ‘B’ beating them in the JM4x (Fawley Cup).

Former Leander Club rower and Olympic silver medallist in Tokyo in the men’s quadruple sculls, Jack Beaumont bowed out on day one with the crewmates who won the 2013 Prince of Wales at Henley. His Star & Arrow Club quad were a canvas up at Barrier but were well beaten in the end by 2 1/2 lengths by an efficient London R.C.

Late races tonight will see Upper Thames RC start their 2023 Regatta in the Wyfold (M4-) against Monmouth BC at 7.05pm and a local rival race in the Fawley (M4x) with Shiplake College rowing against Leander Club B at 7.00pm.


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