Five Australian clubs will be represented at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta which takes place from 1st to 5 July 2015 in Henley-on-Thames, UK. The Henley Royal Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. Information on the history of the regatta can be found here.
At this year’s regatta, Australia will be represented in the form of the National Training Centre – Canberra, Victorian clubs Mercantile RC and Melbourne University BC, Sydney Rowing Club from New South Wales and Kings College from Queensland.
The National Training Centre crew is in fact the Senior A Australian Men’s Eight and will compete against the GB Men’s Eight (racing as Leander and Mosley) and the German Men’s Eight (racing as Dortmund) in The Grand Challenge Cup. This event is considered the top event in the Eights at the Regatta and will be hotly contested between the three crews.
Melbourne University Boat Club have entered a Men’s Eight to compete in The Ladies Challenge Cup. The event is for club and university crews below The Grand Challenge Cup standard. The MUBC crew includes Olympians Cameron McKenzie-McHarg, James Marburg and Francis Hegarty as well as athletes who have recently represented Australia including Angus Moore, Tim Webster and John Linke.
Mercantile Rowing Club will compete in The Thames Challenge Cup which is designed for club crews below The Ladies’ Challenge Plate standard. Student crews from academic institutions are not allowed to enter this event. No one (coxswains excepted) shall compete in this event and in any other event at the same Regatta.
New South Wales club, Sydney Rowing Club, have entered four events at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta. SRC have crews in The Visitors’ Challenge Cup (Men’s Fours), The Wyfold Challenge Cup (Men’s Four), The Britannia Challenge Cup (Men’s Coxed Four) and The Fawley Challenge Cup (Junior Men’s Quadruple Scull). Amongst the squad from SRC is the Australian Men’s Eight reserve, Joshua Hicks.
Finally, King’s College from Queensland will compete in The Temple Challenge Cup, which is open to crews from universities, colleges or schools. The rules contain a list of restrictions on individuals in order to ensure that the top rowers compete in The Ladies’ or The Visitors’.