One of the major events of the British social and sporting season opened Wednesday (28 June) at Henley on the upper reaches of the River Thames.
One of the major events of the British social and sporting season opened Wednesday (28 June) at Henley on the upper reaches of the River Thames. The Henley Regatta is as much a social fete as a tournament of amateur rowers.
The regatta course is about a mile-and-a-third (2.1 km) in length, and competition is open to British, as well as foreign competitors. The class proximity of the Munich Olympic, however, has cut into the field of international competitors.
In the Silver Goblets and Nickall's Challenge Cup Race the Argonaut Rowing Club team from Canada had an easy victory over the team from Queen's University in Belfast. In the Diamond Challenge Sculls, the Russian Vitautas Butkus beat R.B. Croome of the Royal Chester Rowing Club to go forward in the competition along with his country man Alex Timoschinin, who also won his heat.
The Royal Regatta lasts four days and comes just one week after the last social occasion, Royal Ascot.