June 28, 2016
With the draw out, it seemed fitting that we comment on some of the races and their possible outcomes.
The Grand Challenge Cup traditionally attracts some of the best male crews in the world, and this year is no exception. With the Rio Olympics just 38 days away, the Dutch M8+ has opted to enter into this event, perhaps as some final preparation for the Games. Having won at Lucerne, they will be firm favorites to medal in Rio, so why not here? With competition from Team Italia, Nautilus R.C. and Crefelder & Dorsten, GER, this event promises to be very exciting indeed.
The Remenham Challenge Cup, the female counterpart of The Grand Challenge Cup, also attracts similar entries from around the world, including this year the Dutch national 8+ and the GB development composite boat from Oxford Brookes and Leander Club & Tees. This serves up the prospect of some great racing, and hopefully a tight final.
The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup is the pinnacle of racing for schools from around the world, and with the rowing elites of Westminster, Eton and St Pauls, it is no wonder that it is such a coveted prize. Both Eton and Westminster are on the same side of the draw so they will meet before the finals on Sunday. It would seem that most of the international crews have been placed on the other side of the draw, with Melbourne Grammar School (AUS), Groton School (USA), and St Pauls School (GB), all being seeded.
This year’s Henley promises to be a worthy precursor to the Olympic Games, setting us up nicely for the events to come later this summer. Meanwhile, take the opportunity to revel in the magnificent spectacle that is Henley Royal Regatta, alongside the fine displays of rowing from around the world. Henley doesn’t attract the royalty of rowing for no reason.
By Theo Alfille