Tim Koch writes:
Splendid video coverage of the finals is in the Henley YouTube Channel, as are the highlights of the previous four days.
Grand Challenge Cup (M8+): Leander Club & Molesey Boat Club beat Hansa Dortmund, Germany, 2 3/4 lengths.
The much anticipated clash between the Germans, who won the European title in May, and the British, who won at the recent World Cup, did not prove to be the close race than many had expected. The Brits had a fast start, found their rhythm and made their move early, built up a big lead and powered home. Their next clash will be at the Lucerne World Cup in a few days time and the manner of their victory will be a big boost to the British.
Remenham Challenge Cup (W8+): Western Rowing Club, Canada, beat Leander and Imperial College, London by 2 3/4 lengths.
An impressive performance from the Canadian National Crew who saw off the British challenge before half way. Daniel Spring (a.k.a. ‘Fatsculler’) thinks that it is time for an Intermediate Eights event for women – a ‘Gentlemen’s’ Plate’.
Stewards Challenge Cup (M4-): Leander Club and University of London beat Nautical Club of Ioannina and Nautical Club of Kastoria, Greece by 2 lengths.
Credit to the Greeks for even getting to Henley. The borrowed a boat and blades and their rowing federation cannot afford to send them onto Lucerne despite the fact that they were silver medallists at the European Championships.
The Queen Mother Challenge Cup (M4x): Leander Club and Agecroft Rowing Club beat Rostocker Ruder-Club and Potsdamer Ruder-Gesellschaft, Germany by five lengths.
As has been the case for a while, the QM attracted few entries – only two this year.
The Princess Grace Challenge Cup (W4x): Imperial College London and Tees Rowing Club beat Molesey Boat Club, easily.
IC and Tees are a GB Squad crew – so no surprises at their win.
The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup (M2-): J.C. Foad & M.K. Langridge (Molesey Boat Club and Leander Club) beat O.R.G. Cook & S.G. Innes (University of London and Leander Club) by five lengths.
A win despite some interesting steering from Langridge.
The Double Sculls Challenge Cup (M2x): J.E. Collins & J.F.L. Walton (Leander Club) beat J.M. Thompson & J.E. Smith (University of Pretoria, South Africa) by 2 1/3 lengths.
John Collins and Jonny Walton were pushed in the early stages by the South African lightweight crew, both London 2012 gold medallists in the lightweight four – but the heavier pair eventually took control.
The Diamond Challenge Sculls (M1x): A.M.O. Drysdale (West End Rowing Club, New Zealand) beat G. Csepregi (Danubius Nemzeti Hajós Egylet, Hungary) by five lengths.
A fifth Diamonds win for Drysdale, a result never in doubt when Alan Campbell withdrew to concentrate on Lucerne.
The Princess Royal Challenge Cup (W1x): M. Knapkova (V.K. Slavia Praha, Czech Republic) beat L.I. Scheenaard (Hollandia Roeiclub, Holland) by 2 3/4 lengths.
No surprises – a fifth win for Knapkova.
Part 2 will be the Intermediate and Club Men’s results, Part 3 will be Student Men and Juniors.