Henley Royal Regatta starts tomorrow, Wednesday July 3, and you can see it all live from the banks and from the sky thanks to heaps of cameras on land, boats, and drones over the length of the course. Here is a rundown of some of the first day highlights. All times are local. Remember, Henley-on-Thames is five hours ahead of EDT in the US.
9.35, Temple Challenge Cup: Caius Boat Club v Brown University, USA
Winners of the petite final of Varsity eights at the IRA championships, this crew contains athletes of well-established pedigree. Sitting in the three seat, Matias Hoite boasts a win from the Head of the Charles as a Junior in 2016, backed up by his crewmate William Legenzowski the National Champion in the Junior Quad. This crew has a simple aim: "To win the Temple Cup". Whether or not such dreams will come to fruition is yet to be seen...
10.05, Temple Challenge Cup: Northeastern University 'B' v Eton College
This entry is unique in that it sees the second and third varsity eights from the Northeastern programme each donate four oarsmen to form this 'B' Crew in the Temple Challenge Cup. A truly international crew, with members from both Australia and Canada, the crew has been showing improved speed since the IRA championships and will be looking to demonstrate their true capability at Henley Royal Regatta.
10:35, Thames Challenge Cup: Green Lake Crew, USA v Royal Chester R.C.
A strong crew from Green Lake missed out on the podium at the Northwest Championships, where their coxed four took the gold. On British waters this season, this crew has had a tougher time competing against some strong home competition, coming third in the 'C' Final at Marlow Regatta. Despite this apparent blow, however, this crew have tapered their season perfectly, allowing them to qualify at Henley, where they aim to reach the weekend, before flying home to prepare for next season in the fall.
11:00, Temple Challenge Cup: Nottingham University v University of Michigan, USA
As ever, Michigan presents a strong crew that secured a silver medal at the ACRA championships, as well as making the B final of arguably one of the most prestigious regattas in the country, the Dad Vail Regatta. This relatively young crew makes the trip to Henley with the help of sponsorship from Medtronic, who support the crew; a member of which is fitted with their pacemaker.
11:40, Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup: St. Paul's School, Concord, USA v Hampton School
Having taken the bold decision to prioritise Henley over National Championships, the crew from St. Pauls Concord look to make waves at this year's regatta. Having finished second at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships, the crew look set to rival their English counterparts, having spent three weeks in the UK, acclimatising to the conditions, and preparing to race.
2:10, Temple Challenge Cup: University of London 'B' v Northeastern University 'A', USA
Coming back from the shadows, Northeastern has a clear aim at Henley: "to win". This crew comprises a variety of oarsmen from a number of countries including Canada and Australia. The crew that will race the 2112m on the Henley reach this year are - bar one substitution - the varsity eight that finished fifth in the varsity eights at the IRA championships.
2:30, Prince Albert Challenge Cup: Exeter University v University of Pennsylvania, USA
This crew from the US is one of several all lightweight crews, the Quakers have looked strong on the home circuit, where the three of the four members of the crew finished fourth in the IRAs. Originally slated to go through the qualifiers, the Penn four was ultimately selected, so has been training in the UK for some time. These boys have by no means an easy race to contest, but with such a strong heritage, they look set to attack the Henley course with all they have.
2:50, Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup: Canford School v St. Joseph's Preparatory School, USA
The St. Joe's crew placed fourth at the SRAA, sixth at Youth Nationals behind mostly club crews, and won the Stotesbury Cup Regatta stateside.
3.05, Temple Challenge Cup: Purdue University, USA v Bath University
The largest sport on the Purdue campus, rowing is at the forefront of the collegiate sporting diary. This crew came out on top over Michigan at the Purdue challenge cup but failed to beat them at the ACRA Championships, where they finished third overall.
3:20, Prince Albert Challenge Cup: University of London v Boston University, USA
The Boston crew competing this year in the Prince Albert Challenge cup is a combination of the second and third varsity eights, who finished first and second respectively in the petite final at the IRA state championships. The crew commented on how the fours are an "exciting new challenge" as these oarsmen come fresh from the eights.
3:50, Prince Albert Challenge Cup: University of Michigan, USA v Durham University
As the Wolverines embark on their fifth Henley campaign, they do so in high spirits with a strong race record from this season so far, which they hope to top off with a win at Henley. This crew from Michigan won the collegiate eights at Head of the Charles, before going on to win gold in the first eights at the MACRA Championships.
5:40, Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup: Reading Blue Coat v Boston College High School, USA
Winners of the 'D' final of the tier 2 eights at Marlow Regatta, the crew from Boston College already have racing experience in the UK, and look set to build on the strong foundation they set and the New England Rowing Championships, where they finished second in total points.
6:00, Prince Albert Challenge Cup: Oxford Brookes University v Georgetown University, USA
Another Lightweight crew from the US, this crew is composed of the lightweight eight that finished seventh at the IRA state championships, giving them hope as they embark on their Henley duel against the revered Oxford Brookes University.
6:15, Temple Challenge Cup: University of Pennsylvania, USA v University of West of England
Our third lightweight eight of the day from the US sees the crew which finished third at the IRA championships contest another British crew as they seek to reach the further rounds of the Temple Challenge Cup. Coached by Colin Farrell, the Ivy league coach of the year, this is a boat set to make waves on the Henley stretch in 2019.
6:45, Prince Albert Challenge Cup: Harvard University USA vs. Cornell University USA
The Harvard 2V heavies meet the Cornell lights in the only USA v USA race of the day.
7:40, Prince Albert Challenge Cup: United States Naval Academy, USA v Bath University
The final US crew of the day will race in Henley's penultimate race, and having won the tier 2 coxed fours at Marlow only a matter of weeks ago, this is another strong contender. The US Naval Academy is also hoping to win in the King's Cup event for Military eights, whilst this Prince Albert four will be looking to strengthen the Americans position from day one.