And here follows Hélène’s second report from Henley Royal: “This morning, the road was not as smooth as yesterday. The bus had difficulties entering the town. After a few light showers in the morning, the sky has left the place for the sun. As I dread the rain during the regatta, everything goes smoothly in the end. Members of the most ancient boat club were happy to strike the pause for me. I loved their red blazers, just like the ones with checkers and stripes.
Today, Princess Anne visited the HRR. She arrived by helicopter and then embarked on a royal barge to have lunch at the Stewards’ Enclosure, a member of the HRR’s Stewards told me. French spectators I met from the south of France told me they found it amazing, this solemn atmosphere, the strong tradition really impressed them.
I was interested in interviewing the French rowers to have their impression on the event. Dorian Mortelette, Jean-Baptiste Macquet, Julien Després and Germain Chardin have won their race. Henley Royal Regatta means high sporting performance and a strong tradition, of course.”