Henley Finals Part 2, Men’s Intermediate and Club Events: Thames wins Thames, Bulldogs bite Huskies, No worries for Sydney

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The glittering prizes. As always, click to enlarge.

Tim Koch writes:

First, an announcement from @matthewcpinsent:

Good news everyone – Steve’s lost all the paperwork – every race has to be re-rowed.  HRR 2015 v.2 starts 16.00. Only solution to Black Monday 😦

Don’t worry Sir Steve, HTBS has kept a copy of the results……

Intermediate Events.

The Ladies’ Challenge Plate (M8+): Yale University, U.S.A. beat University of Washington, U.S.A. by 2 1/4 lengths.

Pic 2. Old Glory cheering for new glory in an all U.S. final.
Old Glory cheering for new glory in an all U.S. final.

Who would have thought it? The unbeatable University of Washington Huskies, winners of the last five Men’s Varsity Eights at the U.S. college rowing championships (the IRAs) and nine times straight winners of the Ten Eyck Trophy as overall points champions, beaten by the Yale Bulldogs, a crew that came 7th to Washington in the recent IRAs. A great victory for coach Steve Gladstone, building on the Bulldog’s win in the recent Harvard – Yale Race.

Pic 3. Washington seems unable to respond the Yale’s challenge.
Washington seems unable to respond the Yale’s challenge.
Pic 4. Yale enjoys the moment of victory.
Yale enjoys the moment of victory.
Pic 5. Every dog has its day…..
Every dog has its day…..

The Visitors’ Challenge Cup (M4-): University of California, Berkeley, USA beat Sydney Rowing Club, Australia by 1 3/4 lengths.

‘Cal’ equalled the Fawley record in a hard fought race. At the finish, Sydney appealed on the grounds that they had been impeded by the Californians but the umpire ruled that it had happened in neutral water.

Pic 6. The Bears lead whatever sort of marsupial Sydney is likely to be.
The Bears lead whatever sort of marsupial Sydney is likely to be.
Pic 7a. Cal celebrates, Sydney appeals.
Cal celebrates, Sydney appeals.
Pic 7b. Umpire Phelps initially gives the red flag because of Sydney’s appeal.
Umpire Phelps initially gives the red flag because of Sydney’s appeal.
Pic 8. The boys from Berkeley displaying California’s entire supply of neckties.
The boys from Berkeley displaying California’s entire supply of neckties.

The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup (M4x): Leander Club beat Leander Club and Oxford Brookes University by 1 1/2 lengths.

The losing composite was actually a lightweight crew so it was a good result for them to reach the final.

Pic 9. As usual, Leander wins the Prince of Wales.
As usual, Leander wins the Prince of Wales.
Pic 10. Three tasteful blazers, one not.
Three tasteful blazers, one not.

Club Events

The Thames Challenge Cup (M8+): Thames Rowing Club ‘A’ beat Rudern, Tennis und Hockey Club Bayer Leverkusen, Germany by 3 lengths.

Thames rowing Club had not won the Thames Cup since 1934 but this year they had four crews in the event. In his pre-Henley predictions, ‘Fatsculler’ said: (The Thames ‘A’ crew) won the Vernon Trophy at the Head of the River for the first time since 1961. They raced at Marlow, finishing 3rd in Elite 8’s but being the fastest Thames Cup eligible crew. They’ve made the semis every year since 2010 and were beaten finalists in 2012. This year may well be the year they finally get their names on the trophy.

Pic 11. Thames had taken control of the race by the half-way point.
Thames had taken control of the race by the half-way point.
Pic 12. Jubilation.
Jubilation.
Pic 13. Thames ‘4’ man, Chris Morahan with his father, rowing historian Terry. Dad rowed in the Thames Cup in the 1970s – but for arch rivals, London.
Thames ‘4’ man, Chris Morahan with his father, rowing historian Terry. Dad rowed in the Thames Cup in the 1970s – but for arch rivals, London.
Pic 14. Thames hold up the Thames Cup for the first time in 81 years. Less importantly perhaps, coxswain Pidoux is one of the few women to successfully combine her club blazer into a stylish outfit.
Thames hold up the Thames Cup for the first time in 81 years. Less importantly perhaps, coxswain Pidoux is one of the few women to successfully combine her club blazer into a stylish outfit.

The Wyfold Challenge Cup (M4-): Molesey Boat Club beat The Tideway Scullers’ School by 2 lengths.

Molesey were the favourites among those who know about these things. Poor old Scullers came second last year as well.

Pic 15. Stren three messed up the crew’s rendition of ‘YMCA’.
Stren three messed up the crew’s rendition of ‘YMCA’.
Pic 16. Medal time.
Medal time.

The Britannia Challenge Cup (M4+): Sydney Rowing Club, Australia beat Thames Rowing Club by 4 lengths.

Sydney never seemed threatened by any of the crews it met over the five days and outclassed them all.

Pic 17.  Sydney cruse to victory.
Sydney cruse to victory.
Pic 18. No double for Thames.
No double for Thames.
Pic 19. Write your own stereotypical Australian exclamation of joy or approval.
Write your own stereotypical Australian exclamation of joy or approval.

Part 3 will cover the results for Student Men and for Juniors.

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