Henley Sunday: Let Us Spray

Molesey Boat Club celebrates their win in the Thames Cup.

9 July 2022

By Tim Koch

Tim Koch finally reaches the Henley finish line.

Recent posts on this year’s Henley finals day have covered both the morning and the early afternoon races. Today’s piece will cover the late afternoon contests and the prize-giving. The official race summaries are reproduced below in italics and are matched with my photographs.

Race 22, The Ladies’ Challenge Plate (Intermediate M8+): Leander Club vs Univ. of California, Berkeley, USA. Leander takes the Ladies. Picture: @HenleyRegatta.
The Ladies Plate trophy is actually a claret jug.

Twenty minutes after the Grand, Leander Club put their name on the next fastest eight event, The Ladies’ Challenge Plate for the first time since 2016 by beating many people’s favourites, University of California, Berkeley. Leander led the Golden Bears from start to finish. They were ½ length up at Barrier (1:45) and steadily extended through the course to win by a length. The relatively comfortable win was a surprise because Cal started the week as hot favourites after a dominant season and emphatic win at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships at the beginning of June. 

Race 23, Jubilee Challenge Cup (Junior W4x): Claires Court School vs Redwood Scullers, USA.

Claires Court backed up their incredible win over holder Shiplake College in their semi-final on Saturday by beating the unbeaten USA quad, the Redwood Scullers, to win The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup for the first time. 

Redwood led by ½ length at Barrier (2:12) and a length past Fawley, but like on Saturday, Claires put in a huge push and were just a canvas behind at The Mile. They were roared home through the Enclosures to win by  of length and their astonished joy after crossing the line told the story of the miraculous week. 

Race 24, Prince Albert Challenge Cup (Student M4+): Univ. of California, Berkeley ‘A’, USA vs Oxford Brookes University ‘A’.
Brookes triumphant. 
A group hug for Brookes while, in the background, a Cal man is alone with his thoughts.

Oxford Brookes University ‘A’ won The Prince Albert Challenge Cup inflicting a second defeat on University of California, Berkeley, USA, in the space of twenty minutes. Cal led by a length at Barrier (1:59) but Brookes started remorselessly reeling them in from before Fawley, had taken the lead by Remenham and were ¾ length ahead at the Mile. They held Cal over the last quarter and were cheered through the Grandstand as they won by a length. 

Race 25, The Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup (Open M2-): O.H. Wynne-Griffith & T.J.E. George vs M. Macdonald & T. Mackintosh, NZL. The Kiwis post-race.
Wynne-Griffith and George initially led but the Kiwis pushed soon after halfway, kept the rate at 36 or above and took the lead as they passed Upper Thames. The Cambridge pair made a final sprint to the line, but Macdonald and Mackintosh managed to hold them off.

Matt Macdonald and Tom Mackintosh, racing as Waiariki Rowing Club, won New Zealand’s second event of the day. Britain’s top pair, Ollie Wynne-Griffith and Tom George, racing for Cambridge University, were part of the Cambridge eight in the Boat Race this year and the Olympic bronze medal-winning boat in Tokyo. Macdonald and Mackintosh were part of NZ’s Olympic gold medal-winning eight from Tokyo.

Race 26, The Thames Challenge Cup (Club M8+): Molesey BC ‘A’ vs Thames RC ‘A’. Picture: @HenleyRegatta.
Molesey’s “2” man is overcome.
A strange victory dance by Molesey.
The two coxes.

Molesey Boat Club gained revenge for defeat in the final of The Thames Challenge Cup last year to Thames Rowing Club in a tight race to close Finals Day. It was a first win for Molesey since 2016 and the first defeat for Thames in four finals. Thames led along Temple Island, but Molesey had drawn level by Barrier (1:46) and were ½ length by Fawley. Thames kept attacking but Molesey held them at bay.

The Prize-giving: Going for Silver

The eclectic collection of old and new silver that Henley offers its winners.
Simon McCarthy and three other Doggett’s Coat and Badge winners formed an honour guard.
Imperial College & Leander, Great Britain’s new women’s eight, won the Remenham Challenge Cup (Open W8+).
The University of Washington, USA, winners of the Visitors’ (Intermediate M4-).
Molesey Boat Club seem pleased to have won the Thames Cup (Club M8+).
A member of Waiariki Rowing Club, New Zealand, toasts victory in the Town Cup (Open W4-).
Winner of the Diamond Challenge Sculls (Open M1x), Germany’s Oliver Zeidler (centre) investigates the names of previous winners engraved on silver plaques inside the trophy case. On his right is Nigel Longley, Henley Team Manager for Frankfurter Rudergesellschaft Germania and sometime HTBS contributor.
The winners of the two single sculling events at Henley: Germany’s Oliver Zeidler (Diamond Sculls) and the USA’s Kara Kohler (Princess Royal).
The Chinese victors at Henley 2022: The winners of the Queen Mother (Open M4x) and the Princess Grace (Open W4x).
Australia, winners of the Doubles (Open M2x) and the Stewards’ (Open M4-). Also, St Catherine’s School, Melbourne, won the Prince Philip (Student W8+).
Meghan Musnicki and Jessica Morrison, winners of the Hambleden Pairs (Open W2-) celebrate their win. As with the men’s Silver Goblets, the miniatures of the trophy are theirs to keep.
Thames Rowing Club got to four finals, lost in the Thames (Club M8+) but won the other three: The Britannia (Club M4+), The Wyfold (Club M4-) and The Wargrave (Club W8+). Picture: @ThamesRC.
The Boat Tents, 6pm, Sunday. The 171st Henley is over, the 172nd will begin on 27 June 2023.

Times, verdicts etc for the finals are my recent post, “A Sustained Wish to Excel“. The final day’s official 20-minute compilation video is on YouTube. Rachel Quarrell’s words and Benedict Tufnell’s pictures for finals day are on Row360.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.