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Australian athletes and clubs take to the water at Henley Royal Regatta

Five US-based Australians set to race; Four Australian clubs entered

The Henley Royal Regatta runs from 29 June to 3 July in the United Kingdom and was first held in 1839. The regatta was originally staged by the Mayor and people of Henley, in the UK, as a public attraction with a fair and other amusements, the emphasis rapidly changed so that competitive amateur rowing became its main purpose.

This year, a number of Australians will be competing at the regatta, including Australia’s Sydney Rowing Club, Adelaide Rowing Club, Ruyton Girls School and Melbourne Grammar School, while four young Australians will be competing with their US colleges who are racing at the event.

Australian Georgie Howe, who will be representing Princeton University, has represented Australia both at U23 and Senior A level, and last week raced at the Henley Women’s Regatta with her crew where they won the Ron Needs Challenge Cup.

By virtue of winning the Ron Needs Challenge Cup, a first for the university, the Princeton Women’s Eight automatically qualified to race at the Henley Royal Regatta in the Open Women’s flagship event, the Remenham Challenge Cup. Howe and her team-mates will take on a field of 19, who will be reduced to just eight entries by the Qualifying Races.

Melbourne Grammar School are entered in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. The cup, which is awarded to the best schoolboy eight, was won in 2015 by St Paul’s School in London, and this year has 46 entries that will be reduced to 32 entries by Qualifying Races.

The other Australian school entered at Henley Royal Regatta is Ruyton Girls School from Melbourne, Victoria. The crew is one of 46 entries in the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup, for junior women’s quadruple sculls, and they will be aiming to be one of the eight crews that makes it through the Qualifying Races.

Sydney Rowing Club has entered the Thames Cup which is awarded to the best eight-oared club crew. SRC will be taking on crews from across the UK and world, with 55 entries this year, including last year’s winners, Thames Rowing Club ‘A’.

Adelaide Rowing Club is entered into the Visitors’ Challenge Cup alongside 22 other entries in the event for Men’s Coxless Fours. The club crew includes current Harvard student, Jack Kelly, who in 2015 represented Australia in the Lightweight Men’s Single Sculls at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Kelly and his crew from Adelaide are not the only Australians racing in the Visitors’ Cup, Hugo Tribe, will be part of the one of the George Washington University Men’s Fours competing at the event. Tribe, who went to Geelong Grammar School, will be competing at Henley for the first time this year for the Colonials.

Two other Australians set to row this year at Henley are University of California, Berkeley students Sam Horsley and Mark Brinker. Horsley and Brinker both attended Shore School in Sydney before heading over to study and row at UC Berkley; they will be competing in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate, taking on just three other crews in the second most senior event for men’s eights at the regatta.

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