The 135-year-old Henley Royal Regatta began on the River Thames north-west of London, on Thursday (3 July) amid the traditional straw boaters and sun bonnets as the large American contingent seemed set to dominate the events.
GV River scene at Henley
STV Steward and marshal in boat
CU Ex-oarsman in cap
SV & CU Women escorted by men in straw hats (4 shots)
CU & SV Barbecued meat being cooked and eaten
LV PAN M.I.T. (USA) beating Trinity College Dublin in a heat of the eights
LV & SV PAN Crowd watches as Bentwood College (Canada) beat American School of Paris easily (3 shots)
LV PAN Christiania Roklub (Norway) beat Arab Contractors' Club easily
LV Crowd watches as Harvard University beat Orange Coast College (USA)
GV River scene
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Background: The 135-year-old Henley Royal Regatta began on the River Thames north-west of London, on Thursday (3 July) amid the traditional straw boaters and sun bonnets as the large American contingent seemed set to dominate the events.
Out of an overseas entry of 59 clubs (a quarter of the total entry of 237), the U.S. oarsmen and scullers account for no less than 20, participating in every event they are entitled to enter. Their position has been bolstered this year as the Soviet Union and East European clubs have abandoned Henley.
The first day's rowing saw an upset in what is recognised as one of the most interesting and exciting at Henley -- the Diamond Sculls -- when the Americans disturbed the seedings in the preliminary sounds. Jim Dietz, Silver Medallist sculler in the World Championships last year, proved the seeding committee wrong when he won easily over Ricardo Iberra, the young Argentinean; while chris Alsopp, a 20-year-old student at the University of Washington, put out the British international Ken Dwan.
The only upset as the eights clashed in their first rounds came when the local heroes from the Henley Rowing Club beat America's top lightweight crew, Dartmouth College, in the Thames Cup.