It’s semi-finals day for the Wyfold (M4-), Brittania (Club M4+) and Prince Albert (Student M4) and local crews were involved in many races today with Upper Thames up against stiff competition in the Wyfold against Thames RC.
First let’s catch up last night’s late races, Upper Thames went out in the W8+ to Thames RC who beat them by 2 3/4 lengths. In the local rival race in the JW4x Henley RC beat Shiplake College ‘B’ by 2 1/2 lengths. Henley RC W8+ also won beating Shrewsbury School by 1 1/4 lengths. Local girl Georgina Robinson Ranger, now rowing for University of London beat Zeidler from Germany in 1 length in the W1x. In the Club Men’s 4s Upper Thames R.C. are through to the next round overcoming Neusser Ruderverein from Germany by 1½ lengths. Leander got both crews through in the JM4x beating Kingston RC by 3 lengths and in the Club M8+ defeating City of Cambridge RC convincingly by 5 lengths.
Leander didn’t get off to a good start today with the Leander & Oxford University composite Ladies crew (M8+) being defeated by Dutch crew A.R.S.R. Skadi & D.S.R. Proteus-Eretes by 2/3/ length and the W4x in the Princess Grace being beaten by another Dutch composite crew D.S.R. Laga & A.S.R. Nereus by 1¾ lengths.
Shiplake College A cruised through to the semi-final of the Jubilee defeating Wycliffe Junior R.C. ‘B’ by 2 lengths. The Leander & Leicester RC composite Princess Grace W4x also won easily in their race against Edinburgh & Newcastle. Leander & GB athlete John Collins, together with doubles partner Aidan Thompson, beat C. Dafydd & J. Gare, University of Bath by 2¼ Lengths.
There was yet more success for Leander in the Town, with their W4- beating Oxford Brookes University by 3 Lengths, and the Double Sculls with Victor Kleshnev and Bryn Ellery beating D.D. Van Velden & H.L.M. Lycklama from Princeton University USA by 1½ Lengths. The Leander Club & Imperial College London composite in the Town had an incredible race against Northeastern University, winning easily. Yet another Leander composite in the Town, this time pairing with University of London, beat Syracuse University by 2½ Lengths.
The wins kept rolling in for Leander as the afternoon went on, with Ladies Plate M8+ beating Oxford Brookes University ‘B’, and the Hambleden W2- of Rebecca Edwards and Chloe Brew beating the double from Melbourne University by 2½ Lengths.
Henley Rowing Club fought their way across the line in their heat of the Prince Philip (W8+), but were sadly beaten by Headington School, with a verdict of 1¼ Lengths. However, the JW4x had more luck in the Jubilee, beating Sir William Perkins’s School by 1½ Lengths.
There was a roar of support for Shiplake College as they crossed the line first in their race against Marin R.A., USA, finishing 1 Length aheaad of the American crew. The local M4- from Upper Thames had less luck in their heat of the Wyfold, losing to a strong Thames crew by 2½ Lengths.
Leander rounded out the afternoon’s racing with more victories for the Thames cup M8+ (an impressive 3¾ lengths over D.R.C. Hannover), the Hambleden W2- (Amelia Standing and Juliette Perry finished 4 Lengths up on the crew from Cambridge), the Wargrave W8+ (2½ Lengths up on Vesta), and the Remenham W8+ (1¼ Lengths win against Princeton University).
More races continue after tea break:
5.30 Visitors’, Leander Club vs Syracuse University, USA
5.45 Goblets, O.H. Wynne-Griffith & T.J.E. George (Leander) vs J.O. Ernst & C.M. Andrews
5.50 P.Grace, Leander Club ‘B’ vs Hollandia Roeiclub, NED
6.00 Remenham, Maple Bay Rowing Club, CAN vs Leander Club ‘B’
6.45 Fawley, Leander Club ‘A’ vs Hereford Cathedral School