Friday, 15 December 2017

Friday at Henley Royal Regatta

7:25pm The last race of the day and it's a battle of the brothers with twins in the The Windsor Boys' school boat, and brothers in The Grange boat. This boat leads for the first part of the race, and increases their lead to clear water at Remenham.

7:20pm The heavier crew gets overtaken by the lighter crew of Molesey and Putney Town. This crew will represent Great Britian as the lightweight quad later in the year.

7:10pm Another heat of the Princess Grace Challenge Cup and two composites involving Molesey athletes. The heavier crew with a Strathclyde Park athlete in it, leads from the Barrier.

7:05pm Oklahoma were warned for their steering, but pushed through the Swiss team from Zurich. The Swiss team raced to a dead heat on Thursday evening, which meant they had to race again first thing this morning, whilst the Oklahoma crew raced in an eight earlier today. The Americans are the stern four in the US team who will race later in the year at the world's.

7:00pm Leander Club and Reading beat the women's crew from Mitsubishi B.C., the first Japanese women's crew to race at Henley Royal Regatta.

6:52pm Debbie Flood, first women's Captain of Leander Club (and it's only in recent times that women were allowed to row and race at that club, so a real achievement) is in the bow of the Princess Grace quad, now on the start.

6:50pm South Africa have a long tradition of producing strong men's pairs and the team from Tufts are a good example of the skill that is required to row and steer a pair on the Henley course.

6:50pm With a sprint for the line between the two quads it was a real race for the line, with the Umpire warning over steering. Unfortunately the Nottingham crew caught a crab two strokes before the line. This is some of the greatest racing we've seen this year.

6:50pm When your steersman is also a single sculler and races in their own right you know they are going to make you work down the course. The clash between Ridley College, the last international crew in a junior event, is a very close race with their Nottingham opponents, not letting go of the overlap. Ridley have an advantage in being slightly bigger and more experienced, as they are the equivalent of National Schools champions.

6:30pm A closer race than some of the earlier races, with the wind now less of a factor, this is a real tussle down the course. UL seem to be a little more efficient but that could be transatlantic rowing style differences. The American team train at the lightweight national training centre and seem to take a lead but have a twitch with their steering allowing the UL crew to get a foot in the door and power to the finish.

6:15pm The composite crew of Leander and Gloucester who are all Great Britain selected athletes, are pressured by the more junior Tees and Bath University crew out of the island, but soon get into their rhythm at the Barrier.

6:10pm The Dutch selected crew pull away from the Cambridge lightweights, the latter crew having had a tough race on Thursday, winning by 3 feet, to bring them through to today.

6:05pm The pairs race for the Goblets was restarted after a clash of blades within 20 strokes of the start. This was an umpires decision. It is no longer possible to restart a race because of equipment failure within 100m of the start, but obviously there is the Umpires descretion where there is a clash.

6:00pm Sport Imperial racing Griffin, defending champions of the event, pull out a small advantage which they extend into the enclosures. Disappointment for Griffin but a great race ahead in the Thames as two neighbouring tideway clubs are brought together to race.

5:40pm The French lightweights, who recently raced in the international regatta at Aiguebalette, have clear water from the Chinese who are racing two events at this years Regatta.

5:30pm The first race between Thames and Upper Thames and Thames are looking to take the Thames Cup back to the tideway after an 80 year hiatus. Thames looked very controlled and pulled out a lead of 2 1/2 lengths which they maintained through the race.

5:30pm French lightweights racing the Chinese, a French Canadian single sculler racing the Cambridge lightweights... this evenings racing looks to be formed of crews attempting to be giant killers.

5:20pm Griffin, alumni of Abingdon, are racing Sport Imperial, whose previous incarnation was Queens' Tower, have just boated as we get ready for this evenings racing.


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4:45pm Another quote from a winning crew - Lewis Beech from Upper Thames said:“ It was a good race. We had a similar plan to Wedsnesday.”

“We've raced these guys a few times before so we knew what to expect, though the conditions out there weren't very good today.”

4:30pm A tight race with some interesting steering through the enclosures, but Nereus win

4:30pm Last race before the tea interval and two dutch crews race each other in the Temple Cup. Nereus lead Laga, with both crews having already raced twice, but with no more than half a length between boats for most of the race. The times are quicker in this race, than previous, as the wind drops.

4:20pm Upper Thames were chased into the enclosures but Star ran out of course and Upper Thames won.

4:15pm Local crew Upper Thames aim to establish an early advantage, but their opponents Star are not letting them get away with it.

4:10pm Leander rowers benefit from being full time athletes, with paid for coaching. This background means it's very hard for a club crew such as Lady Rohesia to make a mark on an event like the Ladies Plate. Though they were close at the start Leander moved away to a comfortable lead.

4:00pm The Wyfold Challenge Cup is a good club event and Thames, a tideway crew, cope well with the conditions and pull away from the German crew from Mulheim.

3:50pm Abingdon versus Eton tomorrow, a rematch from National Schools. Hampton will meet St Edwards. The schools' eights will be an interesting tussle.

3:50pm Pangbourne went out to make their mark on the Princess Elizabeth Cup, leading for the first part of the race, having pushed out one of the selected crews yesterday. Eton had to pull through in the middle of the course, but managed clear water by the middle of the enclosures.

3:40pm France lead Holland in the international quad sculls event of the Queen Mother Challenge Cup. Confusing for commentators both because of the closeness of the race and the similarity in the blades with red, white and blue stripes.

3:30pm Very close racing both in terms of boat distance and blade distance in the Ladies' Plate. Hopefully no broken blades today, though when a crew is determined, the surges which occur after a push can make steering difficult, particularly when you hit cruiser wash.

3:20pm Wales V England tomorrow in the quad sculls, after the Cardiff composite beat Sydney R.C.

3:15pm The 'Golden Bears' beat the East/West coast composite. This will be an interesting race tomorrow, after the winning crew made it look a comfortable row.

3:10pm California comes to Henley. The University of California, Berkeley, on the unfavoured Bucks station lead at the Barrier into a steady headwind. Both crews are heavyweight so this should be a fast race.

3:10pm Leander sculled away from Tideway Scullers after a close start. With a lot of GB talent in the Leander boat it was never going to be an easy race for Tideway Scullers.

2:50pm St Edwards School did well at National Schools and though Radley clawed back some of the opening distance St Edwards created, St Edwards continued to lead. They will have to conserve their energy for tomorrows race against Hampton.

2:40pm The second heat of the Britannia Challenge Cup sees Sydney R.C. leading from the lightweight Radley Mariners crew. The winners will race Upper Thames tomorrow, Saturday, so a lot of local interest in this race.

2:30pm Gloucester Rowing Club and Northwich were winners at Women's Henley in the quad. Racing the Reading & Cardiff Universities composite they showed their class.

2:20pm Scott Smith, cox of Upper Thamess' Britannia Challenge Cup four said:“We had a really comfortable row in tough conditions.”

“The boys coped really well and we're looking forward to tomorrow.”

“We're all really confident. We're all really up for it and ready for it.

2:10am Sinclair and Durant will be racing next week in Lucerne as the selected GB pair but the Quintin pair weren't letting them walk over them, though they were giving away two stone in weight. In the windy conditions the heavier pair would have an advantage.

2:05pm Afternoon racing starts with the local team of Upper Thames racing Tideway Scullers as they continue towards their goal of being the first Upper Thames coxed four to be be in a HRR final

12.30pm A great morning at Henley Royal Regatta ends with Alan Campbell winning his heat in The Diamond Challenge Sculls over the man with our favourite name, Mr Playfair. A popular win for the Olympian. Time for luncheon! See you at 2.

12.18pm Photo: The Leander crew as they return from their defeat by Westminster in The Fawley Challenge Cup. See comments from James Lambton-Heys below for reaction to result of the tight race (11.20am).



12.06pm As Leander won their heat of the Visitors' Challenge Cup against Cornell University, we spoke to Kieren Emery, stroke for Leander, "The wind was very challenging but once we got out, our rhythm was strong. As a team, I'd say it was a good job. All three of them backed me up which gave me an easy job. Job done and now on to tomorrow."

11.48am Local alert! As Bayer Leverkusen and R.V. Berlin beat Henley R.C. another local crew, Leander Club begin their race against Cornell University in The Visitors' Challenge Cup.

11.45am The composite crew, Bayer Leverkusen and R.V. Berlin, stretch their lead over Henley R.C. as they near the finish.

11.42am Local alert! Henley R.C. in tight race with Bayer Leverkusen and R.V. Berlin right now.

11.20am We spoke to James Lambton-Heys from Leander Club as they emerged the losers in their tight battle with Westminster School in the Fawley Challenge Cup earlier. "We started off really strong. It was probably one of our better starts by far. It was very close and a very good race, neck and neck, taking inches out of each other. At no point were either of us willing to give in." A great race with only inches separating the two as they crossed the line - it was always going to be painful for whoever came in second!

11.09am Leander Club and Imperial College London win their heat of the Remenham Challenge Cup. Well done to them!

11.00am Local alert! They're coming thick and fast today. Leander Club coming up in the Remenham Challenge Cup. A composite crew with Imperial College London are up against Newcastle University and A.S.R. Nereus, HOL

11.00am Local alert! They're coming thick and fast today. Leander Club coming up in the Remenham Challenge Cup. A composite crew with Imperial College London are up against Newcastle University and A.S.R. Nereus, HOL

10.55am Westminster take it but oh so close. Just 1/4 length in it. We'll be talking to the Leander crew in the next few minutes.

10.54am Too close to call. Awaiting the umpire's decision.

10.52am Leander Club respond as Westminster nudge into the lead! Exciting race.

10.45am Local alert! Leander Club will be featuring in The Fawley Challenge Cup against Westminster School in just a minute. A tight race is expected so watch this space!

10.24am Is it a fond farewell to the regatta fireworks? Will they be saved again? You can read the full story here on the Henley Standard website: Full story >>



10.15am Local alert! Coming up at 10.40, Henley R.C. racing against Bayer Leverkusen and Ev. Berlin in The Prince of Wales Challenge Cup followed by Leander Club competing in The Visitors' Challenge Cup against Cornell University (USA)

9:44am Imperial College London and Leander's composite crew lose to Yale University as both teams battle a head wind in the Remenham Challenge Cup.

9:39am Local alert! As Leander Club and Molesey B.C. win their heat of the Ladies Challenge plate, Leander feature again with Imperial College London in a composite crew in the Remenham Challenge Cup against Yale University (USA).

9:31am Local alert! Leander Club and Molesey B.C. competing in the Ladies Challenge plate. Our locals currently ahead of Oklahoma City River Sport (USA).

9:19am Well done to Henley R.C. who just managed to beat The Tideway Scullers in a very close race in The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup.

9:18am Henley R.C. in a tough race, neck and neck, against The Tideway Scullers in The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup. Come on Henley!

9:14am Tales from the riverside: Leander's Margery Pepper, who lost her race against J. Michalska-Plotkowiak in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup, commented, "I'm tired! It was fun. I think I was shocked to be ahead but around 1k my legs started to hurt. It was quiet because it's the morning but great fun."

9:04am Local alert! Henley R.C. coming up in The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup racing against The Tideway Scullers School

8:54am Lots of local crews involved in today's racing. Henley, Leander, Abingdon and Upper Thames all feature so we'll be keep you posted with results and reactions throughout the day.

8:32am This is the first dead heat at Henley Royal Regatta since 1954. A rare treat for spectators and the re-run is expected to be another tight race.

8:28am Re-run of the dead heat from yesterday's racing about to start. Molesey B.C. up against Seeclub Zürich in The Visitors' Challenge Cup.

8:00am Another packed day of racing ahead today with races every 5 minuted this morning. Join us here for live results from the course, with the best top university, club and school crews the world has to offer.

Our web team will be doing live updates throughout the day and into the evening on this site and via Twitter, while our journalists on the ground will be getting all the reaction from the crews, their teams and the spectators,


For race results as they happen, bookmark our Henley Royal Regatta Live Results page. Keep reading this page for all the colour, reaction and news relating to the Regatta throughout the day.

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