Boys crew pulling together at the Henley Royal Regatta
The boys varsity eight began their quest for the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England on Wednesday, July 3. In their first day of racing in the junior eights division of the historic competition, the boys faced Hampton School from Hampton, England.
The Big Red jumped ahead early, and began to break away at the mid-point of the sprint, beating Hampton School by three-fourths of a length. “It was a very hard-fought and close race,” commented Chip Campbell, head coach of the boys rowing program. “The crew responded well to the challenge Hampton presented, and they raced effectively.” (To watch a replay of the race, click here.)
The trip to Henley follows a successful spring season here in the States. The first boat won bronze at the New England Interscholastic Championships (NEIRA) in May, with the second and third eights earning bronze and fourth place respectively.
Afte a brief respite from the regular season, the boys headed to England to prepare for Henley. In the last two weeks the boys have raced at the Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake, a 2012 Olympic venue, and the Reading Amateur Regatta on the Thames. SPS last claimed the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup in 2004, and also won the division in 1994 and 1980.