Opening day of racing at Henley Royal

On the opening day of Henley Royal Regatta the Stewards permitted gentlemen to remove their jackets in the Enclosure, ‘for this day only’. As the temperature soared the course records fell. 

In the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, Eton College dominated St Paul’s School, beating course records as the race progressed. The school crew reached the barrier in 1.47 improving on the previously recorded fasted time by one second.  

This time was matched by Princeton University in the Temple Challenge Cup as they beat Bristol University, and Queen’s University Belfast who beat Cambridge University lightweights, both equalling the course record for their event when they reached the barrier in 1.47.   

The picture shows Olaf Tufte, Norway’s Olympic gold medallist, negotiating river traffic as he put in a practice outing before today’s racing. The Diamond Challenge Sculls, has been hailed by Martin Cross as the event of the Regatta with its glittering line up of Olympians.  Tufte races today at 10.20 followed at 10.50 by GB’s Alan Campbell.  

Today also marks the first appearance of Pete Reed and Andy Triggs Hodge racing at 12.15 in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup M2-.