The long camera lens makes Henley’s 2,112 metres or 1 mile 550 yards look deceptively short. This traditional length of the course was the longest distance of straight water that could be obtained on the reach in 1839.
3 July 2016
Tim Koch has been sitting on the start:
The press release produced at the end of Saturday summed up the Regatta’s penultimate day thus:
Semi-finals day at Henley Royal Regatta is special. There’s a unique atmosphere, a sense of waiting on the edge of glory. For eighty crews who began the day with dreams intact, this could be the penultimate step on the road to victory.
Nowhere is this unique atmosphere more evident than on the start, a place of unrestricted access where spectators can stand only a few feet from the crews and can, almost literally, smell the fear.
A study in yellow and blue. The University of California, Berkeley (‘Cal’), USA, wait to go onto the start for the Temple Challenge Cup (Men’s Student Eights).
Cal on the start against countrymen from Harvard University.
Cal stroke man Gosden-Kaye shows his fighting face. Several American oarsmen waiting on the start let out strange and random cries as well as banging the sides of their boat, actions not to my taste.
The Crimson Tide. They won by a length.
The Stewards’ Challenge Cup (Men’s Open Coxless Fours): Newcastle University and Robert Gordon University (far side) against Hollandia Roeiclub from what the usually pedantic Stewards insist on calling ‘Holland’.
van Schie, ‘2’ in Hollandia.
Rudkin, ‘2’ in Newcastle/Robert Gordon. The Dutch crew won by 1 length.
The Grand Challenge Cup (Men’s Open Eights): New York Athletic Club and California Rowing Club, USA, (far side) lost to Hollandia Roeiclub, Holland, by 2/3 length.
Pictured are Kluge (bow) and Ernsting (stroke) of Celler Ruderverein e.V. and Berliner Ruderclub, Germany, who lost to Braas and Steenman of Hollandia Roeiclub, Holland. Verdict: Not Rowed Out.
Queen Mother Challenge Cup (Men’s Open Quads): The bowman of Armádni Sportovni Centrum Dukla Praha, Czech Republic, wets his oar handles.
No Champagne for the Czechs who lost to Leander Club by 3 3/4 lengths.
The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup (Men’s Junior Eights). The St Paul’s School stroke and cox on the start. They beat Melbourne Grammar School, Australia, by 1 1/4 lengths.
Oxford Brookes University ‘A’ who beat Yale University, USA, by 1 3/4 lengths in the Temple Challenge Cup (Men’s Student Eights).
Molesey Boat Club ‘A’ who beat Roeivereeniging Willem III, Holland, by 3/4 length in the Thames Cup (Men’s Club Eights).
The Remenham Challenge Cup (Women’s Open Eights) passing Temple Island. Princeton Training Center, USA, (nearest camera) beat Veslařský Klub Slavia Praha and Veslařský Klub Slavia Dĕčin, Czech Republic. Verdict: Easily.
The Stewards’ Challenge Cup (Men’s Open Coxless Fours). Two crews vying to be the most efficient. Erster Wiener Ruderclub ‘LIA’ and Ruderverein Villach, Austria, (far side) beat Ruder Club Tegel and Ruderklub am Baldeneysee, Essen, Germany, by 1/2 length.
The final forty. The winning twenty will be decided today, Sunday, 3 July.
© Photography: Tim Koch