Henley Royal Regatta, famous for its colourful fashion - and international rowing prowess, had a rainy start July 1 for the second year running.
Henley Royal Regatta, famous for its colourful fashion - and international rowing prowess, had a rainy start July 1 for the second year running. VISNEWS filmed some of the opening heats - watched in spite of the downpour, by many rowing enthusiasts, sheltered by umbrellas and raincoats.
First heat in the ladies' plate, St. John's College, Oxford beat Trinity, Cambridge. Cambridge team (First and Third Trinity) got their revenge in the following heat with a win against Christ Church, Oxford.
Main even of the day; a heat of the Thames Cup. Harvard University's Union Boat Club (USA) had an easy passage against Britain's Reading University. Three American eights are taking part in the Thames Cup - a major race in the Regatta.
Another result in the ladies' plate: Eton College beat Jesus College, Cambridge. Unlike last year, there is no Russian team in the Regatta.
Henley, 35 miles from London, is situated on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames. The Regatta has become as famous as Royal Ascot for fashion highlights.