CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard heavyweight crew will row in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England July 2-6. The Crimson will also be looking to extend its streak of medals at Henley to five consecutive years, as the heavyweight squad won the Visitors' Challenge Cup a season ago.
Crews will row one-on-one on a 2,112-meter course in a knockout format. Strategies for this type of racing are much different from the usual six-lane, 2,000-meter format used in collegiate championship racing.
Prince Albert Challenge
Recently graduated coxswain Will Hakim will lead four Harvard freshmen in pursuit of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup. Harvard will be up against 32 entries, reduced to 16 after qualifying races. The Crimson defeated Exeter University easily in the first round and will head to the second round on Thursday.
Cox: Will Hakim; Bow: Sean Vedrinelle; 2: Ross Jarvis; 3: Matt Carter; Stroke: Henry Kennelly
The Visitors' Challenge Cup
Holders of the Visitors' Challenge Cup, 16 teams will be competing against Harvard to try and usurp the cup. The Crimson will be up against Melbourne University in the first round Thursday.
Bow: Max Meyer-Bosse; 2: Andrew Reed; 3: Peter Scholle; Stroke: Andy Holmes
Honoring 1914/1985 Grand Challenge Cup Winners
A Harvard alumni eight will also row over of the course to honor their 1985 victory in the Grand Challenge Cup and the centenary of the 1914 Harvard victory in the Grand Challenge Cup.
Harvard History at Henley (Full Results)
Harvard crews have traveled to the Henley Royal Regatta many times and returned home with impressive victories. The first to win was the legendary 1914 junior varsity, which became the first American crew to win the coveted Grand Challenge Cup and will be honored this year.
In 1972, Harvard entered the first college freshman crew to win the Thames Cup. One year later, the Crimson's junior varsity crew was its first to win the Ladies' Challenge Plate. In 1985, the Crimson won Henley's Grand Challenge Cup, its fifth and most recent title in Henley's most prestigious race. (Harvard also won Grand titles in 1939, '51, '55 and '59) In 1990, Harvard returned and captured the Ladies' Challenge Plate. The varsity four with coxswain set a course record while winning the 1993 Britannia Cup. Harvard then won the Ladies' Plate for an unprecedented fourth time in 1998.
Harvard's success at Henley has continued into the 21st century. In 2001, its freshmen won the Temple Cup, while in 2002 Harvard won an amazing three titles, in the Ladies' Challenge Plate (varsity), Britannia Cup (four) and Temple Cup (freshmen). The Crimson has increased its total of Ladies' Plates to seven with wins in 2007 and '10. The Crimson added a Prince Albert Cup win in 2011, its seventh Henley trophy since 2001, its eighth overall Ladies' Plate title in 2012 and the Visitors' Challenge Cup a season ago in an all-Harvard final.
Last Year at Henley
Harvard capped an impressive season by claiming The Visitors' Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta for the first time ever in 2013. The Crimson beat its Newell Boathouse counterparts, the Harvard lightweight crew, in the first all-Harvard final at Henley since 2002.
Harvard also picked up a second-place showing from its freshman eight, which was downed by DSR Laga (Netherlands) by 2 1/4 lengths in The Temple Challenge Cup.