Regatta in fly­ing start but um­brella hits eights crew

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Rachel Quar­rell at Hen­ley

Way­ward um­brel­las and the small­est win­ning ver­dict in his­tory marked the first day of Hen­ley Royal Regatta, as the sun and a ris­ing wind made for great rac­ing con­di­tions.

Scots Col­lege, Aus­tralia’s un­der-16 school­boy eight, out­did many crews in ma­tu­rity when im­peded by a sun um­brella which blew on to the course in front of them at the Bar­rier.

De­spite most of the bow side oars be­ing briefly caught up in the ob­ject, Scots re­cov­ered to beat Claires Court School and posted com­pet­i­tive times to the course mark­ers, while the Thames Row­ing Club coach dived in to re­move the um­brella af­ter the crews had passed by. Later on three more um­brel­las had to be re­moved by safety boats be­fore races could con­tinue. Scots Col­lege now face Na­tional Schools cham­pi­ons St Paul’s, who beat Latymer Up­per in their first heat.

Un­til this year the small­est recorded ver­dict had been one foot, but when Lon­don’s Wy­fold cox­less four beat New Zealand club Aramoho Whanganui by about a cen­time­tre on a photo-fin­ish, it was an­nounced as “by the nar­row­est pos­si­ble mar­gin”, a new su­perla­tive for the Royal Regatta’s records.

Lo­cal school Read­ing Blue Coat made a new piece of their row­ing his­tory with the club’s first win at Hen­ley, against se­lected US en­trants Bos­ton Col­lege High School, one of the stronger ju­nior men’s row­ing pro­grammes in New Eng­land.

In the ju­nior women’s quads, Latymer Up­per School’s B crew over­turned Kin­ross Wo­laroi, an Aus­tralian school pre­vi­ously un­de­feated in do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion, ac­cel­er­at­ing past the vis­i­tors by Re­men­ham Club for a com­fort­able win.

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