Warming Up: The Opening Day At Henley

Pic 1. The Regatta begins. The official highlights programme on the first day is on the HRR YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/HenleyRoyalRegatta?mc_cid=bc13756e44&mc_eid=e6e1b70094
The Regatta begins. The official highlights programme on the first day is on the HRR YouTube Channel.

Tim Koch writes his second report from Henley Royal Regatta:

There is little time between returning to London from Henley and getting some much needed sleep so this post is high on photographs and low and text. However, my pictures are better than my prose so this may not be a bad thing…..

Pic 2. The Temple Challenge Cup: Universite de Lyon, France, beat Eton College ‘A’.
The Temple Challenge Cup: Universite de Lyon, France, beat Eton College ‘A’.
Pic 3. Bedford Modern School, defeated by Shiplake College in the Princess Elizabeth 45 minutes after the start of the regatta, suffer the indignity of removing their boat early.
Bedford Modern School, defeated by Shiplake College in the Princess Elizabeth 45 minutes after the start of the regatta, suffer the indignity of removing their boat early.
Pic 4. Algemene Amsterdamsche Studenten Roeivereniging Skoll, Netherlands, who beat University of London ‘B’ in the Temple Challenge Cup.
Algemene Amsterdamsche Studenten Roeivereniging Skoll, Netherlands, who beat University of London ‘B’ in the Temple Challenge Cup.
Pic 5. The view from the Regatta Enclosure into the Stewards’ Enclosure.
The view from the Regatta Enclosure into the Stewards’ Enclosure.
Pic 6 and 7. Two pictures of the Wyfold Challenge Cup race between Henley R.C. and N.S.R. Oslo. The crews clashed early and the umpire was forced to order a restart. Both crews were repeatedly warned for their steering. Henley took an early lead but Oslo pulled ahead in the second half of the course to win in 7:30 by three and a half lengths.
In the Wyfold Challenge Cup Henley R.C. raced N.S.R. Oslo. The crews clashed early and the umpire was forced to order a restart. Both crews were repeatedly warned for their steering…..
Pic 6 and 7. Two pictures of the Wyfold Challenge Cup race between Henley R.C. and N.S.R. Oslo. The crews clashed early and the umpire was forced to order a restart. Both crews were repeatedly warned for their steering. Henley took an early lead but Oslo pulled ahead in the second half of the course to win in 7:30 by three and a half lengths.
……Henley took an early lead but Oslo pulled ahead in the second half of the course to win in 7:30 by three and a half lengths.
Pic 8. St Paul’s School surprised everyone (probably including themselves) when they beat Abingdon School in the Princess Elizabeth.
St Paul’s School who beat Abingdon in the Princess Elizabeth.
Pic 9.  The cap is from Trinity Hall but I do not know the milliner responsible for the other elegant creation.
The cap is from Trinity Hall but I do not know the milliner responsible for the other elegant creation.
Pic 10. St Edwards School beating Lawrenceville School, USA, in the Princess Elizabeth.
St Edwards School beating Lawrenceville School, USA, in the Princess Elizabeth.
Pic 11. Lawrenceville cross the rather elegant finish line.
Lawrenceville cross the rather elegant finish line.
Pic 12. Kent School, USA, beating Newcastle University in the Temple.
Kent School, USA, beating Newcastle University in the Temple.
Pic 13. Newcastle recover in pleasant surroundings.
Newcastle recover in pleasant surroundings.
Pic 14. Chairman Steve Redgrave gave permission to remove jackets (but not ties and, by implication, trousers) at 11.40. I think that, if you enjoy rowing, you must enjoy being uncomfortable, so I stayed fully clothed and may wear an overcoat on Thursday. The hot weather may have been responsible for two unconnected rowers losing the spoons from their oars during racing as the glue may have melted in the heat.
Chairman Steve Redgrave gave permission to remove jackets (but not ties and, by implication, trousers) at 11.40. I think that, if you enjoy rowing, you must enjoy being uncomfortable, so I stayed fully clothed and may wear an overcoat on Thursday. The hot weather may have been responsible for two unconnected rowers losing the spoons from their oars during racing as the glue may have melted in the heat.
Pic 15. For the first time, televisions relayed the distant rowing action to the grandstands. I do not know if this was a universal experience, but I kept forgetting to watch them.
For the first time, televisions relayed the distant rowing action to the grandstands. I do not know if this was a universal experience, but I kept forgetting to watch them.
Pic 16. The Fawley Bar, also known as the Fawley Down Bar. Unlike the other main drinking area, the Bridge Bar, it offers no shade from the sun – which adds to the effects of alcohol.
The Fawley Bar, also known as the Fawley Down Bar. Unlike the other main drinking area, the Bridge Bar, it offers no shade from the sun – which adds to the effects of alcohol.
Pic 17. Jolly boating weather.
Jolly boating weather.
Pic 18. At the finish.
At the finish.
Pic 19. The rowers’ other Henley Mecca, Richard Way’s Bookshop in Friday Street.
The rowers’ other Henley Mecca, Richard Way’s Bookshop in Friday Street.

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