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​Three New Zealand crews in action at the Henley Royal Regatta

  • 06 Jul 18

Heats were held early in the day for the Visitors Challenge Cup, with the Wairau, Petone and Waikato Rowing Club crew of James Hunter, Ian Seymour, Axel Dickinson and Drikus Conradie making their Henley debut with a three length win in a time of 6:59.

James Hunter, Ian Seymour, Axel Dickinson and Drikus Conradie

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Waikato Rowing Club’s crew of James Ingham, Fergus McSwiney, Thomas Bedford and Will Guest faced a strong crew from Oxford Brookes University. Steering problems early in their race caused a catch-up battle for the majority of their race, and despite an impressive attempt to close a significant gap, they were unable to take a win.

James Ingham, Fergus McSwiney, Thomas Bedford and Will Guest

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In their second race contesting the Wyfold Challenge Cup, Wairau Rowing Club’s crew of Troy O'Reilly, Josh Earl, Tufi Sele and Joseph Trappitt were again untroubled by St Neot’s Rowing Club B crew racing in their fourth race at the Henley Royal Regatta. Just failing to quality in their time trial, the New Zealand crew advanced after a scratch. After winning a tight heat, a protest was upheld and a re-row was ordered, with the crew winning their race once again, albeit in a tight finish.

Troy O'Reilly, Josh Earl, Tufi Sele and Joseph Trappitt

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Tomorrow’s racing will see a trans-Tasman battle with Wairau Rowing Club meeting Upper Yarra Rowing Club in the Wyfold Challenge Cup. The Wairau, Petone and Waikato Rowing Club crew will race again in the Visitors Challenge Cup and Mahe Drysdale will continue his quest for a record equaling a 6 th Diamond Challenge Cup win.

Full results and racing schedules are available at Henley Royal Regatta's website.