Dress Code For A Steward

The National Rowing Foundation’s Executive Director, Hart Perry, (on the left) has for many years been the only American Steward of the Henley Royal Regatta; actually, he was the first non-British Commonwealth citizen to be elected a Steward. Tim Koch, HTBS’s special correspondent in London, pointed out to me in an e-mail the other day, that the Stewards now have a second American who has joined their ranks, Jamie W. Koven. In a press release from HRR, on 10 December 2009, it states that “Jamie Koven is 36 years old. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, Massachusetts and Brown University, Rhode Island. He is a Partner and Managing Director in One Equity, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase Bank and lives in New York. Jamie is a double Olympian, a World Champion both in the eight and as a single sculler and a multiple winner at Henley.”

The good Tim writes, “The Stewards do not point this out but the row2k website have a picture of Koven and friends in their underwear.” If you would like to have a look at a Henley Steward in his underwear, then please click here.

I have to confess that I find it confusing that with the very strict dress code at the Stewards’ Enclosure and so on, a Henley Steward would allowed himself to be depicted in his underwear. Of course it is new times and Koven is, after all, an American, but we are talking about the Henley Royal Regatta here, and… ahh, well I guess I am just too old-fashioned… Below is a photograph of correctly dressed Umpires at Henley.

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