CREWS from 18 countries have entered this year?s 176th Henley Royal Regatta
CREWS from 18 countries have entered this year?s 176th Henley Royal Regatta.
Entries are up this year with 526 racing, an increase of 32 on last year?s entry.
There could be a clash of the current world and Olympic champions if Britain and Germany reach the final of the Grand for men?s eights.
The former will compete as a Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club composite while their rivals will be represented by Hansa von 1898 e.V. Dortmund.
There will also be efforts by reigning Olympic champions Mahe Drysdale (New Zealand) and Mirka Knapkova (Caech Republic) to add a fifth title each in the The Diamond Sculls and The Princess Royal Cup respectively.
A record 59 American crews will be taking part, 11 more than the previous record set in 2011.
Regatta chairman Sir Steve Redgrave said: ?We have some headline international racing to relish but I?m also pleased with the level of club, school, college and university entries.
?There could be a fascinating battle between Eton, St Paul?s and Westminster and a strong overseas entry in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup and potentially another big tussle between Gloucester RC and Marlow RC for the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup.
?Almost every organisation that won a trophy last year will be back in action again.
?That includes clubs like Henley?s Upper Thames Rowing Club, who had not previous won a trophy until they won twice last year. Those kind of moments make an event like the Henley Royal Regatta very special.?