2013 Henley Finals: A Grand Day Out

In the Grand Challenge Cup, Leander and Molesey (a.k.a. the GB Eight) beat he University of Washington in a new course record time, three seconds faster than the previous record.

I am running a ‘Sunday Service’ for my piece on the last day of Henley 2013. A fuller report and many more pictures will follow over the next few days but here is a taster and links to the results and to the official summery of the twenty finals that took place on Sunday, 7 July.

In the Wyfold Challenge Cup (Club M4-) Tyrian Club (University of London alumni) beat Rob Roy BC by a canvas.

In very hot but otherwise near perfect conditions, eight course records fell including the one for the fastest time over the 2112m course. This was set in the Grand when the GB Eight beat the University of Washington. The previously undefeated Huskies should be proud that it took a national team to beat a college crew and the Brits only managed this by setting a previously unachieved time.

At Twyford Railway Station, Hamish Bond has a relaxed attitude to the care of his Silver Goblets trophy. True, he does have two more at home.

It was a spectacular regatta for Abingdon School who won the Princess Elizabeth (Junior M8+) for the third year running, something not done since 1948, while their old boys, Griffen Boat Club, won the Thames Cup (Club M8+).

A happy Aleksandar Aleksandrov, winner of the 2013 Pineapple Cup.

In the Diamond Sculls there was an unexpected win for Aleksandar Aleksandrov from Azerbaijan who defeated two formidable opponents, Drysdale and Campbell. We will see much more of him in the future.

If you fancy rowing at Henley Royal Regatta without leaving your armchair, simply click here.

© Photographs Tim Koch

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