Monday, 02 August 2021

Friday at Henley Royal Regatta

Final words of the day go to Justin Sutherland, captain of Upper Thames Rowing Club. Read on for this and all the results, reaction and news from sunny Henley.(Updated 7.30pm)

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7.20pm: Final word of today's Henley Standard Royal Regatta liveblog go to Justin Sutherland, captain of Upper Thames. Speaking to us after the race, he said: "It's good, that was a nice convincing win. I think tomorrow we're going to be faced with a really big challenge in Molesey who have got some students back from the States, but if we can get past Molesey and make it into the final then anything is possible. It would be tremendous to win in our fiftieth year, but we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves."

That concludes our coverage of today's regatta racing. Thanks for the retweets, interaction and enthusiasm. Join us tomorrow for more results and reaction as local crews from Leander Club and Upper Thames get to the semi-finals.

6.30pm: An assured performance saw the Upper Thames Rowing Club 'A' crew beat Nonesuch Boat Club easily in their heat of the Thames Challenge Cup.

The local club completed the race in 6.43, to the delight of crowds on the banks.

6.12pm: We're running a little late with the previous race - Gloucester vs Broomfield - thanks to geese gatecrashing the course, but next up at shortly after 6.22pm is Upper Thames 'A'. Time for local-focused spectators to make some noise...

5.47pm: We're back from tea and our live results service has recommenced for the final part of the day. For local supporters the main event now is the Thames clash between Upper Thames 'A' and Nonesuch Boat Club at 6.10pm. The Upper Thames crew have been on a roll, and celebrating their fiftieth year by winning the titular Challenge Cup would be a wonderful way to celebrate. Expect to hear the Remenham Roar from most of Henley - and stick with us here for the result and reaction into this evening.

4.19pm: We're about to break for tea, but join us from 5.30pm onwards for the last batch of races this sunny afternoon - including Upper Thames' 'A' crew's Thames clash with Nonesuch Boat Club.

3.19pm: Devastating result for Leander Club in the Fawley Challenge Cup. After a speedy start, Leander suffered a seemingly broken blade a few strokes in, leaving Maidenhead, including Henley College student Harry Hoxley, to take the space in the next round.

2.40pm: An easy win for Leander Captain Debbie Flood in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup against Nottingham Rowing Club's Nikki Spencer. Henley's former Olympian won by four lengths in a time of 9.00

2.01pm: We're back from lunch and preparing for Henley's own Debbie Flood, Leander Club Captain to take to the water at 2.30pm in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup. Meanwhile a Leander crew will be taking on Maidenhead Rowing Club in the 3.10pm Fawley heat. Our last local race of the day will be following the tea interval, when Upper Thames 'A' take on Nonesuch Boat Club in the Thames.

12.25pm: We're breaking for lunch after a wonderful morning's racing in glorious sunshine. It's been a morning of mixed fortunes for local crews, with Upper Thames starting the morning with disappointment in the Britannia, but Leander's crews and rowers in composites faring better so far.

Join us after lunch for Leander Captain Debbie Flood's solo row against N C Spencer in the Princess Royal, while one of the last races of the day will be the hotly tipped Upper Thames A crew against Nonesuch in the Thames.

In the meantime, if you can't get to Henley and want an insight into how things are looking, view our Henley Royal Regatta picture gallery. Alternatively,watch our video highlights from yesterday (Thursday) .

11.35am: More excitement for Leander Club, whose Pete Chambers got through easily to the next round of the Double Sculls Challenge Cup along with Richard Chambers in a composite crew. They beat S.T. Knight and D.A. Bell (University of London and Molesey Boat Club) in a time of 7.23.

11.01am: More success for Leander Club this morning, with GB Rowing stalwart Matt Langridge and his partner Bill Lucas of London Rowing Club beating W H Mackworth-Praed and E.J. Barton (Auriol Kensington Rowing Club and Exeter University) by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 7.42.

Matt Langridge, 30, of Deanfield Avenue, Henley told us afterwards: It was a good starting race to get into the regatta. We know it's going to get progressively harder, but we also have to give the opposing crew the respect they deserve as we're on the same starting line and what we've done before doesn't count for anything. We had to make sure we would win it and we aimed to win."

10.25am: In the Princess Grace Challenge Cup a Leander and Tees Rowing Club composite crew beat Molesey Boat Club by a solid 3 1/4 lengths in a time of 7.33.

Meanwhile, victorious Vicky Thornley has been speaking to our reporters while warming down from the race on an Ergo. She said: "It was a pretty good start to the regatta. I opened my lungs up a little bit and got used to a bit more heat than I've been used to recently. I know I've got a big race tomorrow, it's going to be a tough one so I'm preparing for that one now."

10.20am: Following Leander Club A's victory against Imperial College London in the Prince of Wales, we spoke to crew member Kieron Emmery, 23, of Deanfield Road, Henley. He said: "The race was good, it was just job done. It was nothing special. The coach said go as quickly as you can to Fawley and that's what we did. We always hoped to win."

9.59am: Leander Club's Vicky Thornley has won her first heat in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup against Laura Wheeler. Vicky beat her by two lengths in a time of 8.48.

9.44am: Victory for Leander Club A against Imperial College London in the Prince of Wales. The Henley crew beat the London visitors by 4 3/4 lengths in a time of 6.53.

9.21am: News Editor Phil Simms has caught up with crew members from the defeated Upper Thames Club Britannia challengers. Jason Turner, 22, said: "Everything went well. The other crew was just a bit classier than us. They had so much power which was hard to match. They have two junior world champions in their boat. The race itself went to plan and the start itself was probably one of the best we have done. They just had one or two more horsepowers than us. Every time we pushed and took a quarter of a length they would just squeeze it back but as a crew we couldn't have done any better."

9.11am: Disappointment for our first local crew in action on the water this morning. Upper Thames Rowing Club took on RTHC Bayer Leverkusen, Germany in the Britannia. Despite the Upper Thames Club keeping steady throughout, Bayer Leverkusen was able to push through at the end, and won by 2 lengths in a time of 7.13.

8.21am: An early start for Friday at Henley Royal Regatta. As well as a dozen races for local crews and rowers to keep us busy, there are some familiar faces from London 2012's Olympic rowing squad taking to the water too. And, even better, for the first time this week we're getting a proper peek of the sunshine from early in the day which, we can only hope, will bode well for some good weather (and less cross winds) for the day.

As well as continuing heats from Wednesday and Thursday, today we have some new cups in contention - including the Princess Grace, the Remenham and the Ladies' Cups. 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 our live results feed, when racing begins from 8.30am, with our first local crew (Upper Thames in the Britannia) coming up at 9.05am. Our web team will be doing live updates on local crews' success 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 one not-directly rowing related Regatta public service announcement. Pennsylvania-based rower John Omara has dropped his wallet in New News, Reading Road. Owner Pete Patel is keen to reunite the presumed rower with his belongings and is asking him to come in to collect it (there is photo ID included in there so anyone falsely assuming his identity will be quickly rumbled).

In the meantime:
* View our Henley Royal Regatta picture gallery .

* Watch our video highlights from yesterday (Thursday) at Henley Royal Regatta .

* Relive yesterday (Thursday) as it happened in our liveblog .

* Watch our video highlights from Wednesday at Henley Royal Regatta .

* Relive yesterday as it happened in our liveblog .

* Get an insight into the conditions the crews are racing in, with our exclusive video tour of the course with racing commentator Robert Treharne Jones .

* Watch our exclusive video shadowing Leander Club Captain Debbie Flood for a day last week as she made her final preparations for her home .

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