Henley Finals Part 3, Student and Junior Events: Thatcher defeats Westminster opposition, Huskies bite back, Flying Dutchmen impress
Here is Tim Koch’s final report about the finals at 2015 Henley Royal Regatta:
Men’s Student Events.
The Temple Challenge Cup (M8+): Amsterdamsche Studenten Roeivereeniging Nereus, Holland beat Université de Lyon, France by 4 3/4 lengths.
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup (M4+): University of Washington, U.S.A. beat Yale University, U.S.A. by 1 length.
The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup (JM8+): St. Paul’s School beat Westminster School by 1 2/3 lengths.
St Paul’s, coached by Robert ‘Bobby’ Thatcher, dashed Westminster’s hope of completing schoolboy rowing’s ‘Triple Crown’ of National Schools, Schools’ Head and Henley titles and did it in fine style. Thatcher’s boys were on top form while Westminster seemed never to find their rhythm.
The Fawley Challenge Cup (JM4x): Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School beat Nottingham Rowing Club by 1 1/4 lengths.
The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup (JW4x): Gloucester Rowing Club beat Marlow Rowing Club by 1 3/4 lengths.
I’ll talk about the two junior quads together and say what a fantastic future British rowing has if it is producing young scullers of this quality, not just the winners but so many of the runners up. If proof were needed of Borlase’s class, remember how they recovered from a momentarily lost scull in the semi-final. As to Gloucester, it took a special crew to beat the Marlow quad and real maturity to deal with MRC’s early lead.