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2018 Henley Royal Regatta

  • 03 Jul 18

Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars.

The 2018 edition of the Henley Royal Regatta takes place 4th – 8th July and will see the third-largest entry on record, with 565 boats divided up into 454 domestic and 111 overseas crews.

Mahe Drysdale returns to Henley Royal Regatta as a five-time winner of The Diamond Challenge Sculls, aiming to equal Stuart Mackenzie’s record of six victories. Drysdale, who last competed at the Regatta in 2016 but lost in the Final to Belgium sculler Hannes Obreno, will face stiff competition from senior internationals Kjetil Borch and Nuno Mendes of Norway and Portugal respectively. Mahe is expected to meet Tom Graves in the event’s semi-final. Tom is brother of John Graves, who raced to a sensational stand-still in the 2017 final with New Zealand’s Matthew Dunham taking the win. Dunham is not entered in the regatta for 2018.

In the men’s coxless four event and competing for the Visitors Trophy is New Zealand’s James Ingham, Will Guest, Tom Bedford and Fergus McSwiney of Waikato Rowing Club, and James Hunter, Ian Seymour, Axel Dickinson and Drikus Conradie of Wellington, Wairau, Petone and Waikato Rowing Club.

In the Wyfold Challenge Cup for coxless fours Wairau Rowing Club are one of the eight international seeded crews. Remaining crews are made up from Australia, USA, Germany and France. Wednesday’s racing will see a race against London Rowing Club, based on the tideway in Putney. Always a strong performer, London Rowing Club are expected to give the Kiwi crew a good test to start their regatta.

All five days of the Regatta can be watched live and on demand on YouTube.

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