CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard heavyweight crew will row in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England July 1-5. The Crimson will also be looking to extend its streak of medals at Henley to six-consecutive years, as heavyweight crews have won the Visitors' Challenge Cup for three-straight years.
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.
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 was honored last 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 in three-straight seasons.
THE SILVER GOBLETS & NICKALLS' CHALLENGE CUP
Holders: J.B.P Bahain & M. Steenman, Holland
The pair-oared race Silver Goblets & Nickalls' was instituted in 1845 for presentation prizes of Silver Wherries. In 1850, these were discontinued and two silver goblets were given instead as presentation prizes.
In 1895, Mr. Tom Nickalls donated a Challenge Cup in the form of a Silver Peg Cup to commemorate the achievements of his sons, Guy and Vivian, who between them won eleven Goblets in the 1890s.
Harvard University's Andrew Emmett and Sam Hardy will be competing for the cup.
THE PRINCE ALBERT CHALLENGE CUP
Holders: Newcastle University 'A'
Since 2004, The Britannia Challenge Cup has been restricted to club crews only and a new event had to be offered for the student crews. This event, originally known as the Men's Student Coxed Fours, became The Prince Albert Challenge Cup in 2006.
The trophy was designed and created by Hector Miller and was presented by Imperial College London. It is named after Prince Albert who became the first Royal Patron of the Regatta in 1851 and was also closely associated with the origins of Imperial College.
Harvard University has two boats competing in this event and will be going up against 48 competitors.
THE VISITORS' CHALLENGE CUP
Holders: Harvard University, U.S.A.
The Visitors Challenge Cup was originally called the "District Fours" and awarded for a local four-oared race with coxswains.
The event was renamed in 1847, and the qualification rules of that time remained in force until 1970. From 1971 to 2000 the event was open to boat clubs of any academic institution throughout the world.
At the Stewards' meeting in December 2000, it was decided to expand the intermediate level of events by opening up the Visitors' Challenge Cup to clubs as well as to the students.
The Crimson will have two boats competing in this event and will be competing against 15 crews.
THE REMENHAM CHALLENGE CUP
Holders: Leander Club and Imperial College London
At the 1998 and 1999 Regattas the Stewards held an Invitation Race for Women's Eights. At the Stewards' Meeting in December 1999, it was decided to make this event into an Open Women's Eights event, formally incorporated in the Rules of the Regatta and to be known as The Henley Prize.
At the 2002 Regatta, the event became known as The Remenham Challenge Cup when the Stewards accepted the gift of a trophy presented by The Remenham Club in recognition of the support its founding clubs had given women's rowing and in memory of its past President, Mr. Ian Rogers, M.B.E.
Radcliffe alumnae will be combining forces with Oxford University Women's Boat Club in this event.
Last Year at Henley
The Crimson's heavyweight coxless four, featuring Max Meyer-Bosse, Andrew Reed, Peter Scholle, and stroke Andy Holmes, won the 2014 Visitors' Challenge Cup.
In the Prince Albert Cup final, coxswain Will Hakim, Sean Vedrinelle, Ross Jarvis, Matt Carter and stroke Henry Kennelly fell to Newcastle University 'A' by 3½ lengths.
Rowing for South Africa, Vincent Breet '16 and Shaun Keeling finished second in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls' Challenge Cup, losing the final by two lengths.