Prince Albert In a Van
On the way to the course today, a motorcade came through and all but shut down the site; it was Prince Albert of Monaca arriving at the regatta in a cushy van.
In the weeks leading up to the regatta, I was briefing competitors in the Remenham Cup about what to expect at Henley, and briefly mentioned that “one Princess or another will present your medals, and…” and was interrupted by the question “Princess? How about a prince?”
They got their wish; Prince Albert of Monaco will be presenting today. Besides being the son of Princess Grace, and thus the grandson of the great oarsman Jack Kelly of Boathouse Row/Kelly Drive fame, Prince Albert is a bit of an athlete himself, having competed in the bobsled at three Winter Olympics, so there you go. His mother Princess Grace presented the awards in 1981.
More GB 4- Turmoil
If you haven’t already seen it, a new GB 4- lineup will debut today; Alex Partridge suffered a collapsed lung a couple days ago, and yesterday Jurgen Grobler announced that Ed Coode will replace him immediately, as well as in Athens.
National Team Crews and Matchups
Men’s 4-: the GB (Pinsent Cracknell) crew vs. the Australian Worlds coxed four (w/o their cox)
Women’s 4x: GB Olympic squad vs. Ukraine Olympic squad
Men’s 4x: GB Olympic squad vs. Ukraine Olympic squad again
Men’s 2-: GB Olympic squad vs. South African Olympic squad
Men’s 2x: Club crew vs. Hungarian U23 crew
Men’s 1x: German Olympic single sculler Marcel Hacker vs. CM Smith
Remenham: Princeton varsity 8 vs. combo GB women’s Worlds 4 and U23 four
Grand: Harvard varsity 8 vs. Dutch Olympic eight
I’m off to watch the racing; as time is extremely tight at the end of the day here, tonight's report may be brief or even need to wait until i return; I'll do my best.