Sydney Rowing Club walked away the victors in the Britannia Cup at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta in the United Kingdom. The club sent its biggest fleet to date to the Regatta and were rewarded with a win in the first half of the finals day on Sunday 5 July when it won the Britannia Challenge Cup for club coxed fours against Thames Rowing Club.
The club was not as lucky in the Visitor’s Challenge Cup for intermediate men’s fours, the race was well contested in the opening 600m before the University of California, Berkeley pulled away. This American crew has struggled with its steering this week and the final proved no exception – so much so that the Sydney crew lodged a protest at the finish saying they had been impeded.
The umpire listened to the Australian crew but decided that the result should stand.
Melbourne University BC’s crew were knocked out in the semi-final of The Ladies Challenge Plate after losing by two and quarter boat lengths to the University of Washington in their race.
The other Victorian crew, Mercantile RC’s Men’s Eight fell short in their heat to Rudern, Tennis und Hockey Club Bayer Leverkusen of Germany who would ultimately make the final of The Thames Challenge Cup. Meanwhile, in the other club event, The Wyfold Cup, Sydney Rowing Club were knocked out in the heats by New Zealand’s Petone RC.
King’s College from the University of Queensland were beaten in the heats while the National Training Centre (Australia’s Men’s Eight) missed out in a place in The Grand Challenge Cup final after finishing a length and quarter behind the GB Men’s Eight rowing as Leander and Moseley.
In addition to the above crews, there were a number of Australians competing for their US Colleges, including Dougall Hamilton (Wagga Wagga) and Oscar O’Reilly (Sydney) who finished as runners up in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup.