Henley Royal Regatta 2009

 Update, Round 1, Wed 1 July:

Queen’s men have progressed through the first round of the Temple Challenge Cup. The lads defeated Cambridge University Lightweight R.C. by a margin of 2/3 of a length, the narrowest margin of the opening round. In doing so, Queen’s equalled the record to the Barrier, in a time of 1:47, and fell one second short of the record by Fawley, in 3:02. The lads crossed the line in a time of 6:24, the second fastest time of the day.

Tomorrow, Queen’s will meet Brown University (USA) in the second round. This will surely be a big test for the Queen’s men, with Brown posting the fastest time of the opening day (6:22). The crew wish to thank everyone for all their messages of support, so keep them coming. We all wish them the very best of luck, and will undoubtedly be on our feet cheering the lads on.

Next Race: 15:05, Thursday 2 July

Radio Coverage

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Live Results

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Update, Round 2, Thurs 2 July:

Queen’s senior eight have been narrowly defeated in day two of the Temple Challenge Cup. For the second time, Queen’s faced tough opposition, in the form of Brown University, USA. Both crews had posted the fastest times of the opening heats yesterday. The two crews powered off the stake boats, the bow-balls dancing, and at the Barrier Queen’s led. Brown began to move, and by the enclosure had gained a 3/4 length lead. Queen’s men fought back hard, closing Brown’s lead to a 1/2 length. The lads ran out of course, with Brown managing to hold them to the line in a time of 6:27, the fastest of the day.

Heads will remain held-high however, as Queen’s left an impression on Henley, equalling the Barrier record set by Oxford Brookes in 1995 and 2001. A commentator of Regatta Radio, mentioned the misfortune of the draw, and how the two crews may well have met on Sunday; a great compliment to be paid to the crew. The lads will now have to shift their focus to Irish Nationals, which take place 10-12 July at Inniscarra. All supporters, rowers past and present, are encouraged to come cheer on Queen’s rowing. Hope to see you there.

Telegraph Rowing Coverage – containing portion on Queen’s.

Brown University went on to the final, but were beaten by a fine Princeton lightweight crew. The current generation of Queen’s men have now sampled the standard in the Temple Challenge Cup. Next year, Queen’s will return stronger and more experienced, which should better our chances of progressing further.

Queen’s senior VIII race past the enclosure at Henley.

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