Finally, after a long, monotonous, tiring winter, it has arrived; the weekend of Henley Royal Regatta. Amid a rainbow of colours, crews boat to battle it out down the hallowed Henley stretch, in a bid to make the final, and a chance to add a red box to their medal collection.
10.30 – Race 7 – Harvard University v Oxford Brookes University - Prince Albert
Early risers will be treated to a matchup between two of the top rowing universities from the US and the host country.
11:00 - Race 10 - Leander Club and imperial College vs University of London and Molesey Boat Club - Remenham Challenge C
A classic British match between the GB international eight (Leander Club) and the Under 23 development eight (University of London). Perhaps the most dramatic race of the day, the development eight showed great promise at Henley Women’s Regatta just a few weeks ago, whilst the international eight contains two of the silver medalists from Rio 2016. So, whilst the Senior eight is clearly the favourite to win, the development squad will certainly put up a fight.
14:00 - Race 19 - China vs Adv. Rowing Initiat. Northeast USA - Princess Grace
In 1983, the pink palace (Leander club) was stormed by angry committee members, however it seems they have been stormed once again, this time by the Chinese national team who took home the win in the quarter final of the Princess Grace Challenge Cup. Tomorrow this seemingly unbeatable crew take on The Americans at 2 P.M. make sure to tune in to see if China are the next rowing superpower, or if they are another short lived crew, who burnt their fuel a little too soon.
14:20 - Race 21 - Adema vs Krommenhoek, - Diamond Challenge Sculls
Having knocked out the six time champion of this event, Brigham eventually succumbed to the might of Adema from the Netherlands, who in the words of one member of the press “simply sculled a better race.” As a result, in tomorrow’s semifinal he will face another Dutch sculler - Krommenhoek, who today beat Borch in one of the tightest races of the regatta.
15:00 - Race 25 - Northeastern ‘A’ vs Newcastle ‘A’
One of three Newcastle crews entered into the Temple Challenge Cup, the A crew having beaten Brown University will face Northeastern ‘A’, who beat their a crew in a gripping race on Friday afternoon. In what is being dubbed the “race of the day”, these two ‘A’ crews will battle it out to secure a position in the final of the Temple Challenge Cup on Sunday afternoon.
15:30 - Race 28 - St. Pauls vs Scotch College
A year ago St. Paul produced what is decidedly the best schoolboy crew Henley has ever seen, beating the previous PE course record by 11 seconds. However, with the majority of the crew of last year moving on to greater things, the stage was set for their usurpers to make their appearance, and it seems it may come from 11,000 miles away in the form of Scotch college, who have so far this week produced outstanding crews that row and scull with ease, eliminating all who stand in their way. As such, Saturday’s semifinal will be all out, in not only a battle of clubs, but a battle of hemispheres.
16:20 - Race 33 - United States vs French armed forces - The King’s Cup
Having eliminated the Canadians, the US armed forces will line up against the French offering for the first semifinal of this event in 100 years. The US crew stunned crowds with their technical proficiency, with the umpire remarking: “the USA put together a polished performance to row away from their opposition who threw everything into it”. However, they will have no easy time in tomorrow’s semifinal. The French put in an equally impressive performance to beat the Brits, inching out on the home crew with what appeared to be complete ease.
18:40 - Race 41 - China vs Leander Club - Town Challenge Cup
It seems Sir Steve Redgrave is a man of many talents, not only can be organize the largest river regatta in the world, but also be the director of perhaps the single most impressive team here at Henley Royal Regatta. With their relaxed, comfortable style, they were able to remove their opposition from Oxford university with brutal efficiency, securing their place in the semifinal against Leander who are likely (and understandably nervous) about the crew from China, who seem to dominate all those who they line up against.
18:50 – Race 42 - Schuylkill Navy H.P.C. v Edinburgh University & Nottingham R.C. – The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup
The Philadelphia-based crew races against a UK-combo boat in the quad event.
19.10 – Race 44 – Hayda & Formoso-Murias v J.E. Collins & G.E. Thomas – The Double Sculls Challenge Cup
Good evening racing in the double, which almost always features close racing once the weekend arrives.