Saturday, 31 July 2021

Saturday at Henley Royal Regatta

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 Friday's Regatta racing.

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 Friday's Regatta racing.

6.50: Join us tomorrow for finals day at Henley Royal Regatta - Check out the latest regatta videos on Henley Standard TV

We hear for the final time from Henley Standard reporter Dan Robinson down on the regatta course:

Upper Thames captain Justin Sutherland said he was "delighted".

"It was an extremely tough race," he said.

"We had very fast times and we've the final tomorrow will be a huge race.

"We will go back home and get to bed and wake up bright and early ready to race."

..At that point we knew that we were confident as a crew.

"Throughout the whole race we were confident and stayed in our rhythm in our boat the whole way down."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's final, Paine's message was "bring it on".

She said: "If you've got a crew that's really focused that's half the battle.

"Im really proud of the boys and the coaching team."

Upper Thames RC will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a crew in the Thames Cup. Its 'A' eight overcame a strong Moseley crew by three quarters of a length in a tight race in a time of six minutes and 19 seconds.

Cox Laura Paine, 22, of Britannia Place, Henley, said they got off to a "fantastic" start.

She said: "We were up on them at the start and then they really pushed us but we sat there.

"As we approached the barrier we were half a length up.

5.50: What an unbelievable race from the Henley based Upper Thames 'A' Crew who just beat Molesey Boat club by only 3/4 of a length to make it into the final of the Thames Challenge Cup tomorrow.

We hear from Henley Standard reporter Dan Robinson, who has caught up with Leander's Penny Swan after their win against Imperial College London in the Princess Grace: Leander Club and Minivera Bath RC beat Imperial College London easily in a time of seven minutes and 15 seconds in the Princess Grace. Polly Swann, 25, of Market Place, Henley, said: "We wanted to step up from what we did yesterday and we definitely did that.

"It was a much more cohesive race, which was much more enjoyable."

Swann believes her crew can win in tomorrow's final, adding: "We're rowing well and we can step on again from where we are at the moment.

"We're pretty confident er can deliver and go out and win."

4.30: We take a break now for tea - join us for the Upper Thames clash with Molesey in the Thames Challenge Cup at 5.40.

4.00: Drama and tension in the Princess Elizabeth Challange Cup as Abingdon School create a new course record and are through to tomorrow's final as they beat Scotch College from Australia by 1 1/2 lengths .

3.20: The GB composate crew of Leander Club & Minerva Bath Rowing Club have beaten Imperial College, London very easily in a time of 7.15. A fine show of exhibition rowing from the GB crew with Leander Club's Polly Swan at bow.

2.00: Welcame back to an afternoon of Semi-finals. A couple of races to look out for are Leander Club 'A' in the Prince of Wales at 3.40, and Upper Thames 'A' in the Thames at 5.40.

12.30: That's it for this morning's racing but here is a brief catch up with our Henley Standard reporter Dan Robinson:

Leander Club captain Debbie Flood who lost in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup second round. Mirka Knapkora dominated the race and won easily in a time of 8 minutes and 40 seconds.

Standard reporter Dan Robinson spoke to Flood after the race, who said she was pleased with her performance but admitted she was overpowered by the Olympic champion.
She said: "I had a great race. I'm a retired international rower so I'm not at Olympic standard anymore.

"It's fantastic to race at the regatta and get through a round yesterday.

"I tried to hold with her for as long as possible but her strength showed in the end."

Flood said this year mirrored her first year in rowing when she won the single sculls in Henley Women's Regatta and then lost in the second round of the royal regatta to the Olympic champion.
She added: "I love being part of the regatta here, it's a very special place and it's a great way to finish off my season.

"I will enjoy the rest of my day and will be having afternoon tea at Leander Club."

Harry Hoxley, a student at the Henley College, was part of the Maidenhead Rowing Club that were beaten by Marlow Rowing Club in the Fawley Challenge Cup. They lost by 4 1/2 lengths, with Marlow finishing in a time of 7.02.

Leander and Oxford Brookes University won by three lengths against Thames Rowing Club in the Remenham Cup. The GB women's eight powered into a four-length lead at one point and finished in a time of 7.17.

Katie Greves, part of the Leander Club and Oxford Brookes University team that beat Thames Rowing Club in the Remenham Challenge Cup, said there was a last minute change to the crew. Leander's Katherine Douglas replaced her clubmate Lou Reeve after she pulled out through illness.

Greves, 30, from Wallingford, said:

"Katherine did a really job and we carried out our race plan well.

"We got a good clean start so were able to practise mid-race like we wanted to.

The GB Women's eight will now take on the Leander U23 crew tomorrow in the final.

Greves added: "We definitely don't want to be beaten by our younger counterparts.

"They are a bit bigger than us but hopefully we will be a bit faster."

Leander's Matt Langridge and Bill Lucas, from London RC, beat Leander's Richard Chambers and his brother Pete, from Oxford Brookes, by 3 1/2 lengths in a time of seven minutes and 11 seconds.

Langridge, 30, of Deanfield Avenue, Henley, said: "As a heavyweight crew we were expected to win so there was more pressure on us.

"We had everything to lose and they had everything to gain. You know they are going to go for it but we controlled it from the start, got our noses in front and moved away.

"it's a difficult race to do. It's not the final so we just had to get through it.

"There wasn't a moment when they seemed to trouble us and we relatively controlled the race."

An eight including members of Leander Club and Moseley Boat Club came from behind to beat the University of Washington, from the United States, by one-and-a-quarter of a length in a time of six minutes and 19 seconds.

The Americans had led by three-quarters of a length at the halfway stage.

Leander's John Collins, 24, of Bell Street, Henley, said: "We knew that these guys were going to be really fast from the start because that's how they race over in America.

"We fully expected them to be at least with us in the first half, if not slightly in front.

"They got a lot more distance on us than we expected but we kept our cool and came chugging back through them.

"They couldn't handle our mid-race pace - it was too much for them."

12.10: The GB heavyweight Crew of Leander Club and London Rowing Club are through to the the final of the Double Sculls as they beat the GB lightweight crew of the Chambers brothers from Northern Ireland by 3 1/2 lengths

11.50: Not such good news for Leander Club's Vicky Thornton as she was beaten by E.K. Twigg of Waiariki Rowing Club, New Zealand in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup.

11.40: Leander Club & Oxford Brookes University are through to the final of the Remenham Challenge Cup as they beat Thames Rowing Club by 3 lengths.

10.40am: Leander Captain Debbie Flood is sadly out of the Princess Royal. We will hopefully catch up with her later.

10.30am: Leander captain Debbie Flood prepares for the heat in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup against Olympic champion M. Knapkova.

9am: It's semi finals day at Henley Royal Regatta and following lots of success yesterday, there's plenty of local Leander Club and Upper Thames rowers to be keeping an eye out for on the water.

The competition is hotting up and - thankfully - so is the weather/ 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. 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).

It's not long until racing begins. But in the meantime, whet your appetite with our earlier coverage and relevant news stories of the past few days:

* Exclusive: Leander Club rower Erica Bodman on why she gave up international rowing

* Regatta visitors offered free postcards to raise profile of Henley .

* View our Henley Royal Regatta picture gallery .

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

* Relive Thursday as it happened in our liveblog .

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

* Relive Wednesday 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 .

* Watch our exclusive video as we follow a Henley crew of Upper Thames Rowing Club as they beat Kingston Rowing Club in a heat at the Henley Royal Regatta.

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