This article contains the updates from the Henley Royal Regatta on June 1st, which is the first day of races for the Statesmen.
Greeting from the Henley Royal Regatta,
Today was Day 1 of racing, and it was hot! Today marked just the fourth time in the past 39 years for gentlemen to remove their jackets in the Stewards’ Enclosure. Today was hot enough to literally melt the oars as one crew’s stroke-man apparently lost the blade from the end of his oar’s shaft because the glue welding the carbon fiber pieces together melted. So, while the day was hot we focused on staying cool.
Our race in the Temple Challenge Cup wasn’t until 5:40 p.m. so the varsity eight spent most of the day relaxing in our home away from home watching the racing via the regatta’s live stream on YouTube. During the midday break our crews in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup practiced on the race course while the varsity eight started readying for the race back at the house with a dynamic stretching session in the backyard.
Once our preparations back at the house were complete, we headed down to the race course. The town was thick with crowds from the regatta, and the energy was high as we arrived.
As soon as we arrived we began preparing the boat for racing with a final wash and review of the hull. While I worked on the boat, the guys got ready for their first race vs. Edinburgh University of Scotland. Everything leading up to the race went according to plan: the warm up on land was effective, the chaos of the boat traffic and crowd was managed well, and when it was time to race the crew was ready.
Coxswain Sam Zuckerman recalled the race like this: “We had a great start to the regatta today facing the University of Edinburgh, we gained a boat-length lead at about 200 meters into the race. We were fortunate enough to maintain control of the race the rest of the way, while conserving as much energy as possible. A major part of getting far in a multi-day regatta that’s single elimination is energy management, in order to be as fresh as possible for each race, and especially because the races get harder and faster as you progress. Tomorrow we go up against our friendly rivals from the University of Virginia, who are a very good crew and are extremely well prepared. It will undoubtedly be a great race all the way to the finish line.”
The final results today’s race were:
Hobart College, U.S.A. beat Edinburgh University, verdict 2 3/4 lengths
race day station barrier fawley finish
63 Wednesday 1 – Berks 1.51 3.14 6.55
Day 2 will see all three Hobart crews in action as the varsity eight returns to the water at 2:05 p.m. here in England (9:05 a.m. ET) and the fours begin their racing in the evening. The “A” entry will race at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) and the “B” entry will race at 7:15 pm (2:15 p.m. ET).
Every day is a great day to be a Statesmen! Thank you to everyone back home for your support, we are receiving everyone’s notes and messages, and each of you is making every day here in England even greater with your energy and enthusiasm.