A record 419 crews from 17 nations contested 393 head-to-head knockout races across 26 events in the first-ever six-day regatta.
Tokyo single sculls gold medallist Emma Twigg was the favourite for the Princess Royal Challenge Cup. Kerri Williams (née Gowler) and Grace Prendergast, who won the women’s pair in Tokyo, were the favourites for the Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup(women’s pair). Unfortunately, all three had to pull out of their races due to illness.
The New Zealand women’s four crew, Catherine Layburn, Beth Ross, Phoebe Spoors and Davina Waddy, came away with the Town Challenge Cup, and the men’s pair of Matt McDonald and Tom Mackintosh matched this by winning the Silver Goblets and the Nickalls’ Challenge Cup.
It was a close race in the semi-final of the Queen Mother Challenge Cup (men’s quad).After a strong start from the Kiwi crew of Jack O’Leary, Jordan Parry, Brook Robertson and Phillip Wilson, the US crew found some additional pace and took the win.
Lucy Spoors did her best in the semi-final for the Princess Royal Challenge Cup, but unfortunately couldn’t quite close the gap in the end.
Conditions were challenging for the women’s quad crew of Stella Clayton- Greene, Charlotte Spence, Kristen Froude and Kate Haines in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup semi-final race. Three of the four in the competing crew were Olympic gold medallists.
Our lightweight double crew of Jackie Kiddle and Rachael Kennedy held their own in the open weight for the doubles event, competing for the Stonor Challenge Trophy. It proved to be a good warm up for World Cup III.