Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Tim Koch: 2012 Henley Royal Regatta – The Winners
Tim Koch reports from England:
Uniquely in the international rowing scene, Henley Royal Regatta does not operate under the rules of the international governing body, FISA, or of the British governing body, British Rowing, as it existed long before these young upstarts came into being. Thus, in an Olympic year, it finds itself outside of the run up to the big event. ‘The Royal’ is not especially put out by this and strives to put on the best show it can. Thus, 2012 saw a large turnout of Under 23s, lightweights, development crews and those who had missed Olympic selection, many aware that this could be their best chance of winning at such a prestigious regatta. There was only one crew competing that was bound for the Olympics, the German Women’s Eight.
The very strong stream caused by the land water from recent heavy rain and frequent headwinds gave the lightweight rowers and scullers and the new junior women’s quad event a hard time and no course records were broken. More importantly the stream made things very difficult for those on the ‘Bucks’ (town side) station in the later stages of the race. For the spectators the weather conditions were more benign than conditions preceding the Regatta had threatened.
There was an entry of 499 with 133 crews and scullers from overseas. Taking a parochial view of the Regatta, ten of the twenty trophies went abroad. This is no reflection on the state of British rowing. With the old country competing in 13 of the 14 events at Dorney, the cream of British rowing is in pre-Olympic training.
Here is a round up of Sunday’s finals with apologies to those I have not pictured, this is not a reflection of your efforts.
Men’s Open Events
The Queen Mother Challenge Cup (4x): N.R.C.E, Australia, beat Victoria City Rowing Club, Canada, by 1 ½ lengths.
Women’s Open Events
Men’s Intermediate Events
The Ladies’ Challenge Plate (8+): Harvard University, USA, beat Leander Club, by 1 foot.
HTBS has previously written about the rowing Lapages.
Men’s Club Events
The Thames Challenge Cup (8+): Molesey B.C. beat Thames R.C. ‘A’ by 2 lengths.
The Wyfold Challenge Cup (4-): Nottingham R.C. ‘A’ beat ANA Rowing Club, Australia, by 2 lengths.
The Britannia Challenge Cup (4+): Star Club beat Taurus B.C. by 3 feet.
Men’s Student Events
The Temple Challenge Cup (8+): University of Washington, U.S.A. beat Brown University, U.S.A., by 3 lengths.
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup (4+): University of London ‘A’ beat Newcastle University by ¾ length.
Men’s Junior Events
The Fawley Challenge Cup (4x): Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School beat Marlow R.C. ‘A’ by ¾ length.
Women’s Junior Event
Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls (4x): Henley R.C. beat Canford School by 2 ½ lengths.
(Photographs & copyright: Tim Koch, unless otherwise noted)