Saturday, July 5, 2014
Henley Thursday: Hotting Up
Tim Koch’s writes:
There are many differences between a proper journalist and a rotten old blogger, one of which is that the professional spends most of his or her time at Henley tapping away at a computer, drinking mineral water and meeting deadlines. Those who write for a blog tend to spend their time meeting friends, supporting the bars and restaurants – and sometimes watching rowing. They get home late, do some cooking, feed the cat, search for a clean shirt for the next day and only then start writing – or not. Deciding it’s far too late for that sort of thing, they put up links to anything written by the Telegraph’s Rachel Quarrell and to the results page on the Regatta website. They also make sneering references to the Daily Mail, but still link to the paper’s extensive picture coverage. Some egotists refer readers to articles in which they are mentioned. The really bad ones just reproduce the press release written by the Regatta’s Caroline Searle. They do it like this:
The world’s top rowers made their first appearance with Australia’s Nick Purnell getting the better of Danny Fridman in the Diamond Challenge Sculls for single scullers. Fridman is the first Israeli to have competed at the Regatta. In the opposite side of the draw in this event Dutch Champion, Roel Braas, had a comfortable win over Mark Mitchell.
Meanwhile a series of superb finishing sprints in close races saw Hampton School, the University of London and the University of Western Ontario all move past their opponents in dramatic style in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, the Visitors Challenge Cup and the Temple Challenge Cup.
Weather forecasters predict that the current sunny weather will persist. Friday will see World Junior Single Scull Champion Jess Leyden from Hollingworth Lake make her first appearance at this Regatta and GB Rowing Team squad members Scott Durant and Alan Sinclair will begin their challenge in the Silver Goblets for men’s pairs.
The sensational French double of Stany Delayre and Jeremie Azou will race for the first time in the Double Sculls Challenge Cup for men. New Zealander Mahe Drysdale and George Bridwater will go head to head in the Diamond Challenge Sculls. Drysdale is the Olympic champion in this event and his compatriot is making a comeback after winning Olympic bronze in another boat class at the 2008 Olympic Games.
I, of course, would never be so lazy. They say that ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. If that is true, here are 16,000 of them.
British Path site.
P.S. I met up with Martin Gough, former BBC Sports Reporter and now a professional coach (and a new dad). His nice take on Henley aimed at the non-rowing public recently appeared in the West London Journal. Excitingly, he is also the man behind a new rowing blog, The Rowlup. It not only contains Martin’s informed and perceptive analysis of the rowing scene but also some nice bits on rowing history. HTBS approves.