Friday, 23 July 2021

Wednesday at Henley Royal Regatta

Read our live blog for all Wednesday's Henley Royal Regatta results, colour and reaction in readiness for more racing tomorrow. (Updated 7.44pm)

For live 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.
7.40pm: This concludes our blogging and live results schedule for the first day of Henley Royal Regatta. It's been an exciting day, with some brilliant racing and a couple of big upsets for local crews. Thank you for joining us, retweeting us, and giving us your feedback on Twitter and Facebook. We'll be back early tomorrow morning with all Thursday's racing so please do join us then.

7.32pm: The last race of the day was in fact scheduled to be one of the earliest of the day, numbered 4 in the Wyfold Challenge Cup. The race, between Marlow and Nottingham was postponed after Marlow damaged its boat last night. Unfortunately for the Marlow crew, an early steering error seemed to give Nottingham the chance to forge ahead and they won by two lengths, securing their place into tomorrow's racing.

6.48pm: Disappointment for the Princess Elizabeth crew from Shiplake College, who were defeated by just one length. The crowd roared them home, but it just wasn't enough for them to defeat The King's School, who finished in a speedy 6.42.

Shiplake College took an early lead but the crews were neck and neck by the mile signal and The King's School managed to pull ahead to victory soon after.

Michael Glover, 18, said: "We pretty much gave it our all, there was nothing more we could do. We have got quicker since nationals but they are are a good crew."

6.12pm: We're back from tea for the last batch of races for the day. Coming up shortly is a local crew from Shiplake College, taking on The King's School, Chester in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. Read our preview of the Shiplake crew here and find out which Olympic rowers have been giving them help and advice as they prepare to get on the water.

4.28pm: Local crew Star Club's clash with Claires Court School in the Fawley Challenge Cup is the last race before the scheduled afternoon tea break. Join us into the evening as we keep covering the exciting first day of racing with our live results service.

3.48pm: Standard reporter Janine Rasiah spoke to Upper Thames rower Nathan Hillyer, 24, of Upton Close, Henley, following their success against Kingston. He said: ?It was a very good race. We went in with a plan and we executed it well. It was nice to be cheered pretty much all the way down the course - it makes it just that little bit more special.?

The crew recently returned from a training camp in Chester.

3.07pm: Much local pride as Upper Thames' Rowing Club celebrates their first success of the day, versus Kingston Rowing Club in the Thames Challenge Cup. They finished in six minutes 53 seconds, and beat the Surrey club by three and a half lengths.

2.53pm: Following their defeat against Rob Roy in the Wyfold, we spoke to Upper Thames Rowing Club A's James Leigh, 26. He said: "Rob Roy are a really good crew and we basically knew when we had them in the draw we'd be up against it. They have been one of the quickest teams of the regatta season.

"We did execute the race really well but they managed to do better. This is a massive occasion for Upper Thames, it is our fiftieth year and it is good that we have so many boats entered. It's a shame that a few of them have gone out on the first day."

2.51pm: Disappointment for Itchen Imperial Rowing Club in the Wyfold Cup. When the coastal club got caught in the booms, London Rowing Club 'A' were able to finish easily despite some determined rowing by Itchen to try and get back into the race.

2.28pm: We're at the half way point of today's racing, having completed 40 of our 80 races of the day (well 39, technically, as this morning's Wyfold clash between Marlow and Nottingham has been rescheduled to 7.30pm). In race number 39, Upper Thames were beaten by three and a half lengths by a solid Rob Roy Boat Club crew.

2.03pm: We're back from lunch and local crew Upper Thames Rowing Club A are preparing for their 2.15pm start in the Wyfold.

Lunchtime Roundup
We've broken for lunch, after a rerun of the Evesham versus Newark race in the Wyfold, which was stopped earlier in the morning after the Evesham crew ended up in the buoys.

It's been an eventful morning here, with some nailbiting results - most notably the Upper Thames B clash with Vesta in the Wyfold where our local club were able to pull back from a two length gap although sadly still fell a third of a length short of victory.

Just one of the four local crews that have been in action this morning was victorious. Along with Upper Thames B in the Wyfold, a crew took to the water for the Thames, while The Oratory School and Reading Blue Coat School competed in the Princess Elizabeth. The Oratory beat King's School Canterbury in solid style.

The Oratory's Freddie Woodward, 18, said: ?The first 1,000 metres was a bit tough but we called for a middle four push and then we pulled away.

?The feeling going past stewards was brilliant, it was better than any other sporting event I?ve ever competed in.?

Olympic gold medallist Alex Partridge has been giving the team tips.

?I thought they were great,? he said. ?They did everything we told them to do and they?ve reached the Thursday programme and who knows maybe even the Friday programme too.?

Headmaster Clive Dytor said he was ?ecstatic? following the win.

?I am delighted and very proud of the boys,? he said. ?The support from parents has been great.?

The sixth form team will now face Winchester tomorrow.

Join us back after lunch for more live results and reaction.

In the meantime, if you want to get an insight into the conditions the crews are racing in, click here to watch our exclusive video tour of the course with racing commentator Robert Treharne Jones .

In a second exclusive video, we shadowed Leander Club Captain Debbie Flood for a day last week as she made her final preparations for her home regatta. Click here to watch the fascinating insight into her life on and off the water.

11.18am: Our first local success! Congratulations to The Oratory School crew who beat The King's School, Canterbury crew by three lengths.

10.46am: Janine Rasiah has just spoken to Upper Thames Rowing Club B following their third of a length defeat in the Wyfold. The B crew fought back from being two lengths behind at Fawley but couldn't close the gap and were beaten by just a third of a length.

Toby Mottram, 21, said: "Vespa have been quick off the mark all season and we as a crew have only been together since just after the Marlow regatta. We knew we had a strong finish but Vespa are one of the strongest crews. I wish them all the best in the next couple of rounds."

10.38am: The rain has started, just as rowing legend Matthew Pinsent appears to act as umpire in the Princess Elizabeth race between Kings College School and Shrewsbury School.

10.26am: Disappointment for Upper Thames Rowing Club B in the Wyfold after they were pipped by Vesta by a third of a length. Nail biting stuff!

9.56am: Further to our last update, we've spoken to Will Reincke, 25, of Upper Thames B crew. The crew's time was six minutes 47 seconds. He told reporter Janine Rasiah: "A draw's a draw really, that's what Henley is all about. We expected them to be tough and that's what they were. As long as you do your best you can't be despondent."

9.41am: Disappointment for the local Upper Thames B crew in the Thames Challenge Cup as they were beaten by Griffen Boat Club by three and a half lengths.

9.32am: Standard reporter Janine Rasiah has talked to Reading Blue Coat School's Josh Lamming, 17, following their defeat by Radley College. The crew managed a creditable time of 7 minutes 8 seconds, but were beaten by four and three quarter lengths. Josh said: "It was always going to be tough but we gave it our all. We put all we could into it so I'm happy with that."

9.22am: Speaking of disappointment, Marlow Rowing Club's Wyfold Cup clash against Nottingham Rowing Club has had to be rescheduled to 7.30pm this evening, after the Marlow boat was damaged hitting the skiff.

9.17am: Disappointment for our first local school in action today, Reading Blue Coat School who were defeated against Radley College in the Princess Elizabeth Cup.

9.08am: And the first race of the 2013 Henley Royal Regatta has ended - with London Rowing Club producing a solid five length victory against Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club in the Thames Challenge Cup.

8.30am:Today's the day! The 164th Henley Royal Regatta opens this morning and, as ever, the Henley Standard team will be on hand to ensure you have all the results, breaking news, interviews, colour and video you need to keep up with the action.

Join us here for live results from the early rounds, when racing begins with the best top university, club and school crews the world has to offer. Our web team will be doing live updates through 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 rowers and Regatta goers alike.

In the meantime, if you want to get an insight into the conditions the crews will be racing in, click here to watch our exclusive video tour of the course with racing commentator Robert Treharne Jones .

In a second exclusive video, we shadowed Leander Club Captain Debbie Flood for a day last week as she made her final preparations for her home regatta. Click here to watch the fascinating insight into her life on and off the water.

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