Crews from the United States took six of the eleven Open events at Henley royal Regatta in Britain.
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Background: Crews from the United States took six of the eleven Open events at Henley royal Regatta in Britain. Many of the successful oarsmen would have been rowing for their country in the Olympics if the United States had not peal out of the Moscow games.
SYNOPSIS: For spectators, henley is a relaxed occasion. Some of the craft look more suited to an earlier age; and would perhaps be more at home on Ol' Man river than on Father Thames. Despite chilly winds and heavy showers visitors preserver with standards of dress that might have graced high summer at the turn of the century.
For competitors, it is up to four days of gruelling hard work. The major event for "eights" is the Grant Challenge Cup. Two crews from national Olympic squads, American and New Zealand, contested the final on Sunday (6 July). the new Zealanders, from Waikata and Wairau Rowing Clubs, took an early lead. But the smooth and experienced Americans of the Charles River Rowing Association then took command, and came home to a one-and-three quarter length victory. In the semi-finals, the Americans had beaten the top crew of Norway in a tough struggle by less than a length
The ladies' Plate is also for eight-oar cres, but limited to universities, colleges and schools. Here the finalists were yale University, of the United States, the holders, and Witwatersrand University of South Africa. Both hand won close semi-finals: Witwatersrand beating Harvard, of the United States, by half a length; and Yale beating Trinity College, Dublin, ireland, by one metre. In the final, Yale beat Witwatersrand by two-and-a-third lengths.