Tom Morgan

Henley Royal Regatta 2015- Entry List

by Tom Morgan

The entry list for the 2015 edition of the Henley Royal Regatta was released this afternoon, after weeks of speculation and excitement surrounding the competing crews.

There are 526 entries to the regatta, which takes place from the 1st to the 5th of July. This is a 32 boat increase from 2014, which sees both overseas and home crew count increase.

In the Open Events, the entry is thin but impressive. The Grand Challenge Cup sees the British, German and Australian National Eights pitted against each other whilst the Stewards Challenge Cup for open coxless fours draws gold and silver medallists from the European Championships, Great Britain and Greece, with the South African Lightweight Four in a three boat entry. The Queen Mother Challenge Cup sees a straight final between the British and German quads.

The smaller boats see reigning champions return to retain their titles; Mahe Drysdale and Mirka Knapkova race in the Diamond and Princess Royal Challenge Sculls respectively. Great Britain will be strong favourites in the doubles and pairs, with senior representation in each.

The Remenham Challenge Cup hosts seventeen crews, with five nations represented whilst Imperial and Tees Rowing Club will be strong favourites in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup for Women’s Quad Sculls.

The intermediate events see some fantastic entries from some of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions. The University of Washington, current IRA champions, will be hoping to continue their love affair with Henley Regatta and stake a claim over their collegiate rivals in the Ladies Plate. Home interest lies with Leander Club, who recently won Elite Eights at the Metropolitan Regatta. The Visitors Challenge Cup sees Harvard University enter two crews in a bid to win the event for the third consecutive year. In their way however will be strong home interest from Newcastle University, Upper Thames Rowing Club and a Sport Imperial/UL composite.

The club events see a huge entry, notably in the Wyfold and Thames Challenge Cup. Crews from Star, Upper Thames, Tideway Scullers and Molesey will have to hold off the assault of Sydney Rowing Club of Australia and Petone Rowing Club of New Zealand in the Wyfolds whilst Thames Rowing Club will be hoping to finally emerge victorious in the, aptly named, Thames Challenge Cup for club eights. However, Mercantile Rowing Club, semi-finalists in 2014, will be out to better this last result.

Once again, the student events attract a huge entry; the Temple Challenge Cup is one of the most hotly contested events of the regatta. Holders Oxford Brookes University are mixed in with crews from Britain, France, Ireland, the USA, Norway and Australia whilst the Prince Albert Challenge Cup sees a huge 50 boat entry. Harvard, Cal Berkeley, Yale, Washington and Cornell are just a few of the US colleges represented while strong British competition will come from Edinburgh, Imperial College and Newcastle.

The Junior events always produce some of the regatta’s best racing, and this year looks to be no different. The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup contains all the usual British suspects along with boats from Canada, Germany and the USA. Westminster School will be looking to complete a historic triple, having already won the Schools’ Head and National Schools’ Regatta.

The Fawley Challenge Cup, which sees a savage qualification process of 63 to 24, will be another fantastic event to watch; Sir William Borlase will be looking to win the cup for the third time in four years but may face strong opposition from Northwich, Pangbourne College, Leander Club and Sydney Rowing Club of Australia.

The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup, which is now in its fourth year, is becoming more popular with every regatta. Holders Gloucester Rowing Club are early race favourites but Marlow Rowing Club, winners of the Schools’ Head, will be hot on their heels.

For a full list of entries, go to http://www.hrr.co.uk/crews/entries-list/

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