Henley 2016: That Friday Feeling

Abingdon School racing in the Fawley Challenge Cup (Junior Men’s Quads). They were beaten by Claires Court School by 3 1/2 lengths.
Abingdon School racing in the Fawley Challenge Cup (Junior Men’s Quads). They were beaten by Claires Court School by 3 1/2 lengths.

2 July 2016

After a long lunch, Tim Koch, of Hear The Boat Sing’s London/Henley Bureau, writes:

Friday is the new Saturday at Henley Royal Regatta and, in any case, it has long been the ‘social day’ for my club, Auriol Kensington. The distractions of the club picnic and also of meeting new Hear The Boat Sing contributor Courtney Landers for the first time means that little HTBS work was done and, as a consequence, I expect that I will soon be called in the editor’s office (if he will pay the plane fare). He may have also heard the rumour that I have resorted to copying out press releases such as this:

The Friday of Henley Royal Regatta saw the open categories begin in earnest as the sun began to finally impose itself upon the event. The Grand, Stewards’, Queen Mother, Remenham and Princess Royal Challenge Cups all started on Friday, whilst the club, student and junior events rolled on into the quarter finals. Holland’s, Italy’s and Spain’s men’s eights all saw action whilst selected crews were introduced into the fold in the double and pair events. Meanwhile, a two-minute silence was beautifully observed across the regatta in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Tim Koch, Courtney Landers and Chris Dodd on the HTBS Staff Outing.
Tim Koch, Courtney Landers and Chris Dodd on the HTBS Staff Outing.
The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup (Junior Women’s Sculls) saw a great race between Henley RC ‘A’ (left) and Gloucester RC (right). As the indicator boards show, Henley were holding onto a slim lead at the Mile 1/8.
The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup (Junior Women’s Sculls) saw a great race between Henley RC ‘A’ (left) and Gloucester RC (right). As the indicator boards show, Henley were holding onto a slim lead at the Mile 1/8.
Gloucester however, were not going to be defeated by their old rivals……
Gloucester however, were not going to be defeated by their old rivals……
The remarkable Gloucester crew went onto win by 1 1/3 lengths.
The remarkable Gloucester crew went onto win by 1 1/3 lengths.
St Paul’s School pass the progress board, about ten strokes from the finish. They beat Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, USA, by 3 lengths in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup (Junior Men’s Eights).
St Paul’s School pass the progress board, about ten strokes from the finish. They beat Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, USA, by 3 lengths in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup (Junior Men’s Eights).
A bugler, positioned on the photographer’s platform opposite the Stewards’ Enclosure, sounded the Last Post https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Post at 11 a.m. to mark the beginning of the Two Minute Silence on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.
A bugler, positioned on the photographer’s platform opposite the Stewards’ Enclosure, sounded the Last Post at 11 a.m. to mark the beginning of the Two Minute Silence on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.
The Regatta stands in silence.
The Regatta stands in silence.
A couple apparently unaware that the world’s best sculler is racing past them. In the Diamonds (Open Men’s Sculls) A.M.O. Drysdale (West End Rowing Club, New Zealand), beat T.O. Naske (Rudergesellschaft ‘Hansa’ Hamburg, Germany) by 2 1/2 lengths.
A couple apparently unaware that the world’s best sculler is racing past them. In the Diamonds (Open Men’s Sculls) A.M.O. Drysdale (West End Rowing Club, New Zealand), beat T.O. Naske (Rudergesellschaft ‘Hansa’ Hamburg, Germany) by 2 1/2 lengths.
Tim Foster (left) and James Cracknell (right) are interviewed for broadcast. Most famously, they rowed in the four that won Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Tim Foster (left) and James Cracknell (right) are interviewed for broadcast. Most famously, they rowed in the four that won Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Either Zac has forgotten to change out of his pyjamas or he has rowed for both Latymer School and Thames Rowing Club.
Either Zac has forgotten to change out of his pyjamas or he has rowed for both Latymer School and Thames Rowing Club.
Nautilus Rowing Club in an opening heat of the Grand Challenge Cup (Open Men’s Eights). They beat Club Nautico Sevilla and Real Circulo Labradores de Sevilla, Spain, by 3 1/4 lengths.
Nautilus Rowing Club in an opening heat of the Grand Challenge Cup (Open Men’s Eights). They beat Club Nautico Sevilla and Real Circulo Labradores de Sevilla, Spain, by 3 1/4 lengths.

As to Saturday, the Regatta Press Office holds that:

Harvard and California, Berkeley face each other in a blockbuster Temple Challenge Cup contest whilst the prospective British U23 women’s eight faces Ivy League Championship winners Princeton University. Domestic interest has been slimmed in the Thames Challenge Cup, with Molesey Boat Club the sole surviving British crew; they face Roeivereeniging Willem III of Holland. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup pits championship girl’s quad winners Warrington against the dominant force in junior women’s eights, Headington. The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, which often draws the most ardent crowds along the 2112m stretch, will see strong foreign interest from a powerful Melbourne Grammar School outfit face up against holders St Paul’s School. The top two from the National Schools’ Regatta, Westminster School and Eton College, meet in the other semi-final.

The Temple Challenge Cup for Men’s Student Eights.
The Temple Challenge Cup for Men’s Student Eights.

Who am I to argue? I can only add that all the results are on the Henley website and at 1.25 p.m. on Saturday there will be a flypast by a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

© Photography: Tim Koch

One comment

  1. Thanks for the comments. The PE Cup races should be exciting. Dallas Jesuit was the second best US schoolboy eight behind Gonzaga. Shows where we stand at this level.

    All the best.

    Bob Madden. 603-440-3378. Sent from my iPhone

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