HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England – After reaching the grand finals at the 2017 IRA National Championship, Brown University men's crew is set to compete at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta, held June 28 to July 2 on the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames, England.
Brown has entered one crew to compete in the Ladies' Challenge Plate, which will begin racing on Thursday against Team Keane Sculling School, with the daily timetable updated each evening of the regatta. Unlike multi-lane international regattas, Henley still operates a knock-out draw with only two boats racing in each heat.
Bruno at Henley
The men's crew returns to Henley for the first time since 2014, when the Bears reached the finals of the Temple Challenge Cup and the semifinals of the Ladies' Challenge Plate during the five-day event. Brown made its first trip to Henley in 1966 and has captured the Ladies' Challenge Plate in 1984, 1993, 2000 and 2009. Bruno also claimed the Thames Challenge Cup in 1994.
Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. The best-known rowing event in the world, Henley serves as the highlight to the summer sporting calendar and the social season. The Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over a five-day period with over 200 races of an international standard, which includes both Olympians and crews new to the event. The 2017 regatta will feature 577 crews, including 144 entries from overseas.
For more information, visit https://www.hrr.co.uk.