Henley Royal Regatta is underway (if not without some tech issues - we have linked a PDF of the draw below to assist with HRR site problems); here is a rundown of some Thursday highlights you will not want to miss. All times are local. Remember, Henley-on-Thames is five hours ahead of EDT in the US.
9am, Race 6: Scotts College vs St. Pauls School
On the first day of racing at Henley Royal, Scotts built on a strong fifth-place finish at the Sydney International Regatta, beating the home crew of Claires Court School. Many of the oarsmen in this crew come fresh from the quads, where they hope their technical expertise will lead them to victory, in arguably the most prestigious competition in schoolboy rowing.
9:05am, Race 7: Brown University vs University of Michigan
After toppling the top Cambridge University College Crew from Caius College, Brown will face University of Michigan in the next round on Thursday of the Temple Challenge Cup. After coming off the water today, the Brown Crew told Row2K: “[that race was] a good one to start with, we have lots of work to do as the week progresses”.
"To shock the world" is the aim of Michigan, and whilst they are yet to wow the masses, they certainly threw a spanner in the works of the Nottingham crew, who they beat by 2 and ¾ lengths in their first race of the Temple Challenge Cup. Whether or not they can pull off the same feat on the second day over their new competition from Brown University, who have shown a lot of promise so far this season, is still to be seen…
9:30 am, Race 11: Bonner Ruder-Gesellschaft vs Thames Rowing Club
An enthusiastic German crew made a big splash onto the Henley scene this year, in what was for many of the crew a return visit, after they eliminated their opposition from Thames Rowing Club, for many an expected result, as this was the ‘C’ crew from Thames, for this the Thames Challenge Cup.
10:30am, Race 21: St. Pauls concord vs Scotch College, Melbourne
It seems, so far at least, that the bold choice to prioritise Henley Royal Regatta over Nationals for the Pauls crew, having beaten local oarsmen from Hampton School, they will face Scotch College Melbourne as they edge ever closer to the Sunday of Henley.
In the first race after the luncheon interval, Scotch College proved their worth by eliminating the British Powerhouse Sir William Borlase’s School. Their plan going forward is simple: Race our best race, and just see how far we get. How far will they get, will be decided today, when they race St. Pauls Concord in the next round of this, the Fawley challenge cup
11:05am, Race 27: Greenlake Crew vs R.S.V.U Okeanos
Anyone who has rowed in the eight will know how when Coxbox brakes, chaos ensues. This, on their first day of racing, was the reality for the Greenlake crew who managed to beat Royal Chester, despite the lack of such an instrumental device. They hope to repair their coxbox, before embarking on some “exciting racing for the rest of the week.”
11:45am, Race 34: Wairau R.C. NZL. Vs. Upper Thames Rowing Club ‘A’
Having flown over 11,000 miles from New Zealand, the crew of Wairau Rowing Club stormed through the first day with a win over Kingston Rowing Club. This crew are for some, the favourites to win the Thames Cup, and after learning from today that “the Brits aren't all that easy to beat!” they will have their work cut out if the Kiwis want to take the silverware home.
2pm, Race 41: Harvard University vs University of Cambridge
It seems that Harvard’s successes in the US have propelled them to early dominance at Henley Royal Regatta when in their first heat of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, they beat their US rival, Cornell University. On Thursday, they will find themselves facing tough competition Cambridge University who beat another US crew, Perdue University. The Prince Albert Cup typically attracts a myriad of US crews, but whether or not they will be able to match the might of Cambridge University in the next round is yet to be seen.
2:05pm, Race 42: Flatow-Oberschule, GER vs St. Joseph's Prep School, USA
Having won the Federal Competition of Youth Training for the Olympics back in September, they qualified for a spot at Henley in 2019. Once they arrived, they were determined to prove their worth, and they did just that, eliminating the British Powerhouse of St. Georges College. They race St. Joeseph’s Prep School tomorrow at 14:05 (local time) when the fate of this promising crew will be decided.
6:30pm, Race 76: Boston University USA vs. University of Pennsylvania, USA
The biggest US vs US showdown of the day.
7:20pm, Race 85: A.M.O. Drysdale, NZL v M.G. Brigham
Mahe Drysdale's campaign to win his seventh and record-setting Henley Diamonds starts today; he will have strong competition from several scullers this week, including Kjetil Borch (who races at 3:20) whom Drysdale had to row down to win last year.