Conditions were fast again for Henley Royal Regatta, June 30, with a variable wind still blowing from the north.
Conditions were fast again for Henley Royal Regatta, June 30, with a variable wind still blowing from the north. It was a bit warmer this time - much to the relief of many of the lightly and fashionably dressed spectators.
In the opening heats of the Grand Challenge Cup, Oxford University - using a new type of oar which helped them to win against Cambridge earlier this year - proved to be too strong for Thames, but the Tideway club chased them gallantly all the way. Oxford went off at 41 strokes, to Thames's 43, and soon led by half a length. Despite continuous attacks Oxford declined to be hustled, keeping well ahead. Finally they increased their rating to 34 and drew away to win comfortably by one length and a third in 6min 39secs.
In the next heat London were outclassed, though they fought hard over the full distance. Molesey went away fast, and they were still rating 38 when they passed the barrier with a good half-length of clear water behind them. Near the half-mile signal they dropped to 32, and then came home at a strong paddle, winning by one length in 6min 54secs.
Stuart Mackenzie, the Australian who is attempting to win the Diamond Sculls for the fourth time, showed the measure of his power in beating R. Carpmael of London by eight lengths, in 8min 3secs. Kocerka, the Polish sculler, twice winner of the Diamond Sculls and a popular figure at Henley, had little trouble to beat Colgan of London in 8min 15secs.
In the Silver Goblets, Clay and Evans of Marlow had an easy race against the Australians, White and May, beating them in 8min 16secs.