July 1, 2015
Henley Royal Regatta 2015- Day One
The first day of Henley Royal Regatta played host to sweltering temperatures and superb racing as Sir Steve Redgrave began his first regatta as chairman. In unrelenting sunshine, the club, junior and student events got underway amidst the first live broadcast of the racing since 1967.
In the Princess Elizabeth, Abingdon and Shrewsbury School both fell to ignominious first day exits. Abingdon, who won the event a record three times in a row from 2011 to 2013, were dispatched by a tidy St Paul’s crew whilst Shrewsbury, coached by Athol Hundermark, lost out to a resurgent.
Tyrian ‘A’, in one of the heated morning clashes, rowed up the booms before going on to win by three lengths, whilst N.S.R Oslo and local club Henley were forced into a restart after a clash down the island.
With the installation of cameras along the course, there was no hiding for athletes and coxswains alike; the steering of both left a lot to be desired on a number of of occasions. As it were, there was very little for the majority of the umpires to do on a day which saw gentleman allowed to remove their blazers in the Stewards Enclosure due to the high temperatures.
An ‘all-star’ commentary team were providing the regatta live stream with some insightful and engaging thoughts. Star names such as Alex Gregory, Tom James and Zoe De Toledo were just a few of the people involved in a project headed up by Sarah Winckless.
Tomorrows racing sees the introduction of the Visitors and Prince of Wales Challenge Cups for intermediate quads and fours, whilst the back-end of the small boats also get underway. The Prince Albert also enters the fray on the Thursday, an event which promises some of the best racing of the regatta.