Henley Royal Regatta 2010

posted by Roy Sinclair - 7 Jul 2010, 6:58 p.m.

Fine weather conditions were experienced at Henley Royal Regatta this year although on several days, crews had to battle variable to strong headwind conditions on the famous regatta course on the River Thames.

On Friday in the quarter finals of the Princess Grace Challenge Cup, Imogen Walsh from Inverness was in the no 2 seat of the London RC/Clyde ARC composite crew which faced up to the Dutch National crew from Hollandia Roeiclub. Giving away over two stones per person against their Dutch opponents, the potential GB lightweights crew pushed the opposition all the way but lost out by only half a length in the fastest time recorded in that day's racing in this event which was ultimately won by the GB National crew stroked by Katherine Grainger.

Also on Friday, Alan Sinclair from the Black Isle was in the bow seat of the Leander Club's 'A' crew in the Visitor's Challenge Cup crew which recorded a substantial win over their clubmates in the Leander 'B' coxless four. On Saturday, this crew recorded a fine three lengths win over a composite crew from Upper Thames RC/Wallingford RC. In the strong headwind conditions in Sunday's final against another composite crew from Leander Club/Durham University RC, both crews set off at a high rating with the composite crew just edging ahead at the quarter mile marker. The composite crew established a lead of just over a length over the Leander crew who then pressed hard all the way down the course, encouraged by the huge vocal support lining the banks of the Thames. Leander closed the margin slightly at three quarter distance but unfortunately failed to overhaul their opponents.

Other Scottish crews were also involved at this year's Royal Regatta. The Logan brothers from Glasgow RC raced in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls Challenge Cup for coxless pairs on Thursday against the Greek National pair Tsilis & Tsaninis, showing up well against their heavier opponents but losing out by a margin of three lengths. Colin Wallace and Scott Purdie of Deeside Scullers, making their club's debut at this level, also took part in the same event with their first race on Thursday against the Canadian international lightweight pair crew of Jensen & Crisan but despite taking an early lead were overtaken, to eventually go down to an "easily" verdict. Also on Thursday, Scottish sculling champion James Murphy of Clyde ARC in his race in the Diamond Challenge Sculls briefly led New Zealand's lightweight world champion Duncan Grant off the start and put up a good fight for the first half-mile, but eventually, the New Zealander's superior technique brought him through to win by three and three-quarter lengths. Jen Read and Sam Scrimgeour of Glasgow RC also raced on Thursday with Jen racing in a composite eight with Tideway Scullers School/Sport Imperial BC against the GB National eight in the Remenham Challenge Cup whilst Sam raced in a quadruple scull in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup with Agecroft RC/Durham University BC against a Durham University BC/Leander Club composite crew. Both crews raced well against stiff opposition with Sam's crew leading for most of their race, although both crews were unfortunate not to proceed to the next round.

Glasgow University BC raced well on Wednesday against Newcastle University BC in the Princess Albert Challenge Cup for university coxed fours but couldn't quite match their opponents pace to progress further in this event. :)

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