7.10pm: Carnegie and Hurn lose out in the final race for a local crew today
Leander Club’s Sholto Carnegie and Cambridge University’s Rob Hurn were defeated in the semi-finals of the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup.
Australians Campbell Watts and Angus Widdicombe (Georgina Hope Rinehart National Training Centre) took the lead off the start and managed to hold off their opponents.
The British pair have represented Great Britain at u23 level and also raced together at Yale.
They will join Harry Glenister and George Rossiter (both Leander Club) to represent Great Britain at the World Cup in Lucerne next weekend in the coxless four.
The British crew lost by one and a quarter lenghts.
Sholto said: “I felt we had a good start and went off pretty quickly but they were really fast off the start. They rowed a better race then us.
“We could have transition a bit better into the speed but we had a good row and will learn from it.
“The game plan was a good start and transition well and good clean rowing. The World Cup will be a good learning experience for us. We’re excited and all things are good.”
6.50pm: Mckeller and Taylor win all Leander match-up in the Hambleden Challenge Cup
The senior crew of Rowan Mckellar and Hattie Taylor beat Natasha Harris-White, who grew up in Henley and went to Gillotts School, and Laura Meridew of Leander Club.
The winners took the lead early on and stretched their lead throughout the race. Mckellar and Taylor won a bronze medal at the Linz World Cup earlier this year.
Meridew and Harris-White were part of the women’s four who lost in the semi-final of the Town Challenge Cup with Leander Club colleagues Sam Courty and Georgia Francis earlier today.
6.25pm: Leander Club’s Glenister looking forward to World Cup in Lucerne
Defeated Leander rower Harry Glenister is already focusing on his next race after losing out to the Sinkovic brothers in the Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup.
He said: “Obviously I’m disappointed. We knew we were up against it because they are Olympic champions. We tried to go out really hard but they just rowed away from us in the end.
“We were not expecting to beat them, the only thing we could do was try to rattle them and stay with them as long as we could.
“I’m in the World Cup in Lucerne next weekend with George again. We are in a four with Sholto Carnegie and Rob Hurn. We have a day off tomorrow then we are straight back to training and leave on Wednesday.”
6.10pm: Glenister and Rossiter lose to the Sinkovic brothers in the Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup
Harry Glenister and George Rossiter have lost out in their semi final to the world-class Croatian pair.
Martin and Valent Sinkovic, of CARC Mladost, won the race by two and three-quarter lengths against the home crew. They finished in seven minutes and 13 seconds. The duo won gold at the Rio Olympics in the double sculls.
They will take on the winner of the 7pm race between Rob Hurn (Cambridge University) and Sholto Carnegie (Leander Club) who face off against the Australian pair Campbell Watts and Angus Widdicombe (Georgina Hope Rinehart National Training Centre).
5.20pm: Leander Club’s Joe Willis on his crew’s loss in the Fawley Challenge Cup
Joe Willis, who was in the three seat, said they were pleased despite losing to Maidenhead by a length. The crew had to change their line-up on Tuesday after one of them suffered a bout of tonsillitis.
He said: “Considering the changes I think we did a really good job and raised our game.
“We finished 12 seconds behind Maidenhead at the National Schools Regatta and we closed it to two seconds. Those guys are at a youth world championship level. For me as a 16-year-old its great to compete here and be out there racing.”
4.20pm: Away from the rowing
Another big cheer from Phyllis Court as England go 2-0 up against Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final.
4.10pm: Leander lose out to local rivals
Sunday’s racing is set for a little less cerise than usual as another Leander crew has been beaten in today’s semi-finals.
The four has lost in the Fawley Challenge Cup, losing out to Maidenhead by a length, the winners finishing in six minutes and 46 seconds.
4pm: Another Leander crew knocked out
The Leander men’s eight is out of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate after a narrow defeat to Oxford Brookes University and Edinburgh University.
The crew missed out by just three-quarters of a length as the composite crew won in six minutes and 10 seconds.
3.30pm: The other big sporting event
An almighty cheer goes up around the regatta site but for once it isn’t about the rowing.
England have gone 1-0 up in their World Cup quarter-final with Sweden. Cars along Henley Bridge honked their horns at the news, while chants of “1-0 to the England” were also heard.
Back to the rowing…
3pm: GB eight fail to reach Grand final
Leander Club and Moseley will not contest the final of the Grand Challenge Cup tomorrow after they were beaten by Australia’s Georgina Hope Rinehart National Training Centre.
The Australians posted a new barrier record of one minute and 48 seconds and a record-equalling two minutes and 53 seconds to Fawley, eventually winning by three-quarters of a length in five minutes and 59 seconds.
They will face C.S. Dinamo and C.S.A. Steaua of Romania, who were given a bye, in tomorrow’s final.
The British crew, which featured three gold medal winners from Rio 2016, will next compete at the European Championships next month.
Stroke Will Satch, 29, said: “It’s disappointing to lose on home turf but I’m hoping we can use this to help get a bit of fire back in our bellies. It will give us a kick up the backside.
“We started well enough but we let ourselves down in the middle of the race. You only get one shot and if you let that slip that’s it – you are out.
“We have three days off after Henley but hopefully this result can fire us back up. One thing (coach) Jurgen Grobler always says to us is ‘a loser trains harder’.
“It’s a basic thing but I think it works and will help us use this result as a positive rather than a negative.”
2pm: Leander knocked out of Princess Grace
The composite crew of Leander Club and Edinburgh University are out of the Princess Grace Challenge Cup after they were comfortably beaten by Cambridge University and Imperial College London.
In the first race after the lunch break, the crew lost by two and three-quarters lengths, with a winning time of seven minutes and 14 seconds.
12.30pm: Leander Club & University of London take the win in the Town Challenge Cup
They beat a Leander Club and Bath University composite in the final race before the lunch break.
The winning crew included Emily Ashford, Emily Ford, Caragh McMurty and Sara Parfett. They won by two and a half lengths, finishing in seven minutes and 34 seconds.
They beat the losing crew which included Sam Courty, Georgia Francis, Natasha Harris-White and Laura Meridew.
Meanwhile, Barney Stentiford, bow man in winning Leander crew in the Visitors’ Challenge Cup, is looking forward to tomorrow’s final. He was victorious in the same event last year with Leander.
Barney, 27, said: “It was a good solid start. We took a good length out of them and once we got into our rhythm we started to move away.
“They came into our water and I had to put pressure on them but from then we had control of the race and they could not respond.
“It was a painful race but a comfortable win. There is a headwind today so its the slowest conditions we have raced in so far.
“There was so much support coming down the course. I think each one of us in the crew had a pocket of support in the crowd. We need to go out tomorrow and do the final job.”
That’s all the racing for the morning session.
Races involving local crews to watch out for this afternoon include:
2pm – Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club & Imperial College v Edinburgh University and Leander Club (Princess Grace Challenge Cup)
3pm – National Training Centre, Australia v Leander Club and Molesey Boat Club (Grand Challenge Cup)
4pm – Leander Club v Oxford Brookes and Edinburgh University (Ladies’ Challenge Cup)
4.10pm – Leander Club v Maidenhead Rowing Club (Fawley Challenge Cup)
11.50am : Leander Club victorious in the Visitors’ Challenge Cup
They came out on top against a Leander and University of Cambridge composite. The winning crew was made up of Barney Stentiford, Ross Jarvis, Tim Clarke and James Stanhope. They won by two thirds of a length and finished in six minutes and 40 seconds.
They beat Cambridge University’s Freddie Davidson who was joined in the boat by Leander’s David Bewicke-Copley, Branden Camp and Lenny Jenkins.
Meanwhile, we have words from Fiona Gammond in the victorious Leander and University of London composite in the Remenham Challenge Cup. Her crew beat the University of Washington, USA, where she used to be a student.
Fiona, who was in the five seat, said: “The University of Washington boat were national champions last year and came second this year. They gave us a really good race and were really impressive.
“They went off the start so fast, we knew they would throw everything at it but we were trying to focus on our race plan.
“We were really happy with the race. Some of the girls in their boat were freshmen when I was a senior and I thought it was a great race for them.
“I was kind of hoping they were going to be in the other side of the draw as I didn’t want to race my old university but a race is a race and I think its a good building block for us. We are looking forward to tomorrow.”
There has also been a change in the race order. Race 33 has been moved from 5.50pm to 12.30pm before the lunch interval.
It will see a Leander and Bath University composite face off against a University of London and Leander Club composite in the Town Challenge Cup.
11.40am: Leander Club captain Vicky Thornley beaten in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup
She was beaten by Australian Madeleine Edmunds, of Georgina Hope Rinehart National Training Centre.
The Australian won the semi-final by three and three-quarter lengths. She finished in eight minutes and 33 seconds.
11.30am: The Leander Club and University of London composite win in the Remenham Challenge Cup
They beat the University of Washington, USA, in a close race. The Americans pushed them hard but the composite crew pulled away at the end.
Leander and University of London won by a length, in a time of six minutes and 49 seconds.
The British crew, who are the newly formed Great Britain women’s eight, are made up of Leander’s Karen Bennett, Holly Norton, Fiona Gammond, Katherine Douglas and Anastasia Chitty.
They are joined by cox Mathilda Horn (University of London), Rebecca Shorten (Imperial College), Rebecca Girling (Molesey) and Holly Hill(Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club).
They will face the winners of Georgina Hope Rinehart National Training Centre, Australia, or Yale University, USA, who race at 2.30pm.
10.40am: Leander’s Thames crew lose by two-thirds of a length
Leander Club finished two thirds of a length behind NSR Oslo, who won the race in six minutes and 21 seconds.
The Norwegians took an early lead and managed to hold off a strong push from Leander in the middle section of the course.
Paddy George, who was in the two seat in the Leander crew which was competing for the Thames Challenge Cup, said the eight had left it all on the water.
He said: “We rowed well and probably went out as hard as ever had before, if it not harder. ”To come off the water and lose by that margin is disappointing but we did all we could.”
10.30am: Groom and Beaumont win in the Double Sculls Challenge Cup
Leander Club’s Jack Beaumont and Angus Groom have beaten the Norwegian lightweight pair of Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli, who won a bronze medal in the lightweight double sculls at the Rio Olympics two years ago.
The crews were very close for the first half of the race but the Leander crew pulled ahead past half way. Brun and Strandli kept with the Leander double for the second half but couldn’t close the gap.
The margin of victory has been confirmed as three-quarters of a length, with a winning time of six minutes and 51 seconds.
Meanwhile off the water, jackets are already off in the Stewards’ enclosure because of the heat.
10.10am update: Leander Club lose in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup
Leander lost against the Dutch crew from A.A.S.R. Skøll, who led from start to finish. They equaled the record to the barrier in the process of winning the race.
The Leander scullers Charles Waite-Robert, Ronan Law, Olly Stephens and Andy Joel were unable to close the gap on the Dutch.
Skøll finished in 6 minutes and 29 seconds, winning by by one and quarter lengths.
Leander stroke Andy Joel said: “We’re obviously very disappointed to lose. I think Skøll were a very good, strong crew.
“Maybe we were down a bit off the start and panicked a little bit and never quite got into our rhythm. But all credit to them, they did very well.”
IT’S semi-finals day today (Saturday) at Henley Royal Regatta.
Huge crowds are expected to arrive in town to socialise on the banks of the River Thames and enjoy the racing, which today starts at 10am.
Leander Club crews and athletes will feature in 13 races today and they will be looking for strong performances to make finals day in what is its bicentenary year.
It will also feature the first run of the Leander and Molesey Boat Club composite in the semi-final of the blue riband event, the Grand Challenge Cup.
They will take on National Training Centre, Australia at 3pm, so spectators may have to divert their eyes from England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden for just a few minutes.
But first up at 10.10am is a Leander Club crew racing in the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup against A.A.S.R. Skoll of the Netherlands.
Great Britain duo Jack Beaumont and Angus Groom will be in action at 10.30am in the Double Sculls Challenge Cup against K.Brun and A. Strandli, of Norway, and will be looking to build on yesterday’s solid performance.
At 10.40am Leander will take on N.S.R. Oslo in the Thames Challenge Cup.
The semi-final of the Remenham Challenge Cup at 11.30am will see a Leander and University of London composite race the University of Washington.
Immediately afterwards Olympic silver medallist and Leander captain Vicky Thornley will be back on the water after a comprehensive win in the Princess Royal Challenge Cup yesterday.
She will face M.C. Edmunds of Australia at 11.40am.
At 11.50am there will be a battle between Leander and a Leander and Cambridge University composite.
In the first race after the luncheon interval a Leander and Edinburgh University composite will race a Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club and Imperial College composite crew in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup at 2pm.
At 4pm Leander will race an Oxford Brookes and Edinburgh University composite crew in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate and straight afterwards another crew will race Maidenhead Rowing Club in the Fawley Challenge Cup.
After the tea interval there will be a showdown of the Leander Club composites in the Town Challenge Cup at 5.50pm followed at 6pm by pair Harry Glenister and George Rossiter in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup. The Great Britain duo will be looking for a strong performance against Croatians M.Sinkovic and V.Sinkovic after their victory by a canvas yesterday.
At 7pm team GB rower Sholto Carnegie will be back in action in the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup.
He and partner Rob Hurn will face C. Watts and A.J. Widdicombe of Australia.
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