There were many interesting races at Henley Royal Regatta this year. One of the unique races was the one for the King’s Cup for eights, which celebrated the race that was rowed 100 years ago at the 1919 Peace Regatta at Henley. Service men and women – yes, racing in the same crew – from Australia (who won the cup in 1919), New Zealand, Britain, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Germany raced at Henley this year to honour the ones who rowed 100 years ago.
In the final for the ‘new’ King’s Cup on Sunday, 7 July 2019, it was the United States Armed Forces, represented by U.S. Naval Academy, vs. Bundeswehr, Germany. It was the Americans who won the amazing race by ¾ length. The winning crew included three graduates from Kent School in Connecticut, Griffin Dunne, John Lamb and Ashlyn Dawson. This was ‘the culmination of a long and fruitful relationship between Kent and the Naval Academy,’ writes rowing historian Peter Mallory (Kent ‘63) in a splendid article published on the Kent School’s website.
Read his article here.
Peter is currently researching and writing the history of rowing at Kent School in preparation for the centennial of the program, in 2022.
(Peter sent a note to HTBS saying that he got a new e-mail: peterdavismallory – at gmail – dot – com)