July 3, 2015
Henley Royal Regatta- Day Two
Day Two of the world’s most famous regatta saw temperatures cool to a pleasant level against a backdrop of unrelenting racing. The smaller boats got started on Thursday along with the Visitor’s and Prince Albert Challenge Cup.
The day began with a fantastic match-up between two crews who had travelled halfway across the world to race on the 2112m course; Sydney Rowing Club of Australia and Petone Rowing Club from New Zealand. After a tussle down the middle of the course, Petone stole away in the closing stages to set a tone for the racing that was to come.
Tyne Rowing Club bucked the Stewards form-book by sending N.S.R Oslo home early, whilst Henley Rowing Club’s J16 crew were winners of the first heat of the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup.
Thursday also saw some thrilling match-ups in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, with favourites Westminster getting the better of Hampton before St Edward’s, whose season has been entirely undulating, sent home Ratsgymnasium Osnabruck of Germany.
Oxford Brookes amd Nereus both progressed to set up what has the potential to be one of the races of the regatta in the Temple Challenge Cup.
The Fawley Challenge Cup went the way of the selected crews aside from Frankfurter Germania. Having won the Thames Challenge Cup last year, they were in no rush to head back home and defeated Grange School in impressive fashion.
As the competition reaches a more exciting stage, it’s clear that we’re in for some fantastic racing this weekend. On the Friday, two IRA heavyweights match up in the Ladies Challenge Plate whilst St Paul’s School will race a rejuvenated St Edward’s School in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.