Perfect Conditions for Day 1 of the 175th Henley Royal Regatta
Yesterday saw the start of the the 2014 Henley Royal Regatta, celebrating its 175th anniversary.
Over the decades, many Olympic and World Champions have competed in the event, and this year there is high expectation on the Great Britain Rowing Team after they impressed at the recent European Championships in Belgrade.
Held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, the rowing event is considered to be the pinnacle of the sport to many. The regatta lasts for 5 days (Wednesday to Sunday), and winners are decided through head-to-head knock out races over the 1 mile course.
With the sun in the sky and a light breeze, large crowds gathered to witness the perfect rowing conditions yesterday along the banks of the Thames. The still weather meant there were no crashes, but there were still surprises as the feared freshmen from Cornell, NY were defeated by Hitotsubashi from Japan. An early exit from the University of California Berkeley also raised a few eyebrows.
Throughout the next week, more than 100 crews from 22 countries will match up and battle it out on the water, with spectators gathering from far and wide to witness this prestigious event. With a number of European Champion crews within the Great Britain Rowing Team ranks, the 175th regatta could be a landmark year for British rowing.
Watch yesterday's highlights below.
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Image Credit: Henley Royal Regatta
Article by Jack Bartrop