HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA 2016

TEMPLE CHALLENGE CUP

The UL Men’s 1st Eight, a selected crew in the Temple Challenge Cup, moved well through Wednesday and Thursday’s heats, beating University of Bristol (verdict – easily) and then Cornell Univeristy, USA’s lightweights (verdict – 2 1/4 lengths).

This set up a quarter final against Harvard University’s JV crew, undefeated in the USA this season, winners of the Eastern Sprints & IRA Regattas. Harvard started fast, moving out to a length early on but UL, on the outside station, rowed back to almost level entering the Enclosures in an epic contest. As both boats kicked for the line it was the American crew who moved out to take a victory of 2/3 of a length. Harvard went on to easily beat Cal and make the final.

The result was impressive from the young UL crew, and bodes very well going forward (video below). The UL Men’s 2nd Eight had a tough draw, meeting Colombia University, USA in the first round, crowned US lightweight National Champions only last month. UL raced well, but weren’t quick enough to beat the Americans.

GRAND CHALLENGE CUP

ULBC had two athletes wearing purple, including World Under 23 Silver Medalist Rich CLARKE, in a development Great Britain crew. The crew impressively beat the Spanish and Italian senior eights in the early rounds to set up a final appearance against the Dutch national eight, currently the fastest eight in the world. The Dutch took an early lead from the young crew but the British never let them get right out. The finish verdict impressively only 3/4 of a length.

Grand HRR entry 2016

THE SILVER GOBLETS & NICKALLS’ CHALLENGE CUP

UL’s Ollie COOK went in the Goblets with his pairs partner from Leander Club. After victory over an Austrian paring on the Friday, a Saturday morning semi final appearance against the French pair proved to be a very close. The French just got it in the final sprint for the line, winning by just 2ft, in what was one of the best race’s of the Regatta.

WOMEN’S SQUAD

The UL Women, after a very successful Henley Women’s Regatta (HWR), qualified a quadruple scull for the Royal Regatta for the first time in ten years. More impressive considering two of the crew won at HWR in a sweep crew. Matilda HORN coxed a Great Britain development women’s eight, who had a tough first round draw against a USA team boat. Sadly Emily CRAIG had to pull out of the Great Britain Lightweight Women’s quad due to injury.

POST-HRR: World Championships, EUSA, China and Rio

A busy post Henley summer now starts for many UL athletes. UL looks set to have students selected for the British teams for both the Under 23 World Championships and World University Championships. UL is also sending a Men’s and Women’s Eight to China once again to compete in the International Universities Regatta. Before then squad members will race in Croatia at EUSA (the European University’s Regatta) . Beyond that UL members have now been selected in the Men’s, Women’s and Para squads for the Olympic and Paralymic Games in Rio.

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