The final day of this year's Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames west of London, on Saturday (1 July), saw a fine win by the W.
The final day of this year's Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames west of London, on Saturday (1 July), saw a fine win by the W.M.F. crew from Moscow in the Grand Challenge Cup. The Russian "eight" took an early lead and crossed the finish line two-thirds of a length ahead of the North Eastern University crew from the United States. A Canadian crew from St Catherine's won the Prince Philip Challenge Cup, and Soviet sculler Alexander Timoschinin scored an impressive victory in the Diamond Sculle event.
SYNOPSIS: Saturday was the final day of the 1972 Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames, west of London, and fine weather drew the crowds in their hundreds to the riverbanks.
As with Royal Ascot, young ladies take the opportunity of wearing high-fashion, while older spectators find greater interest in the racing programme.
The Regatta, which is held annually, was first organised 133 years ago. The Prince Philip Challenge Cup for coxed fours was won by the Canadian crew St Catherine's.
The Oxford University crew was second, 5 lengths behind.
One of the Regatta highlights was the Grand Challenge Cup. It's been won by overseas crews 23 times in the past hundred years and this year was fought out between "nights" from W.M.F. Moscow, and North Eastern University of the United States. The Russians won by two-thirds of a length.
This year's Diamond Soulls trophy was contested by Alexander Timoschinin of the Soviet Union and Sean Drea from Philadelphia's Temple University. (PAUSE 8 SECS) Drea, racing for the Vesper Boat Club, had steering difficulty after damaging a fin, but Timoschinin....who won by three and three-quarter lengths....was altogether too powerful.