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……
The Ladies’ Challenge Plate (M8+): Yale University, U.S.A. beat University of Washington, U.S.A. by 2 1/4 lengths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part 3 will cover the results for Student Men and for Juniors.