The Qualifying Races for Henley Royal Regatta 2016 ran as a perfectly constructed miniature of the main event, with all the elements that make Henley Royal Regatta unique.
From every type of weather imaginable, and with crews coping with a heavy stream, there were highs and lows, including a clash resulting in an American crew damaging the riggers of their eight.
Three dismayed oarsmen thus had to walk back from the start at Temple Island, to the boating area, whilst the remainder of their crew limped along the course.
There was a friendly, excited, atmosphere, with a breadth of talent and a few well known faces, some of whom could quietly be called Masters, competing against athletes from all over the world.
But the course at Henley has a way of levelling the playing field, with skill required as well as strength, racing between solid unforgiving wooden booms.
Successful local crews included the Upper Thames double of Tom Carter and Jack Thompson racing for a place in The Double Sculls Challenge Cup.
Upper Thames B also made it through in The Wyfold Challenge Cup, whilst Henley Rowing Club qualified in The Britannia Challenge Cup, and two crews in The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup.
Local schools were well represented in The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.
The results of the Qualifying races can be found here www.hrr.co.uk/results/qualifying/