Henley Royal Regatta announces new stewards, rule amendments and names for women’s rowing events
Three new stewards
Dr Catherine Tillett, who rowed as Cath Bishop competed in the Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Olympics winning silver in a pair with Dame Katherine Grainger DBE. Bishop was the World Indoor Rowing Champion in 1999.
Sophie H. M. Hosking, MBE was a regular medallist in the lightweight team, winning medals consistently over a six-year period. Hosking won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the LW2x with Kat Copeland. Appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rowing in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list, Hosking was the first female captain of London Rowing Club and has been a member of the FISA Athletes’ Commission for the last two years.
Rod C. D. Murray has been actively involved with helping at Henley Royal Regatta for many years with duties including entries, entries finance, qualifiers, race reporting during the regatta, on the progress board team and as part of the commentary team.
Murray has been a member of Henley Rowing Club for many years and was a member of the organising committee for the 2005 World Rowing Cup and 2006 World Rowing Championships. A British Rowing umpire, Murray has been involved with umpire and launch driver training and was also a launch driver at the 2012 London Olympics.
The rule updates for 2018
Newcastle University Boat Club celebrate winning the Prince Albert Cup at HRR 2017
The regatta has also published the following amendments to the Qualification & General Rules for 2018.
The Temple Challenge Cup (Student M8+) and The Prince Albert Challenge Cup (Student M4+)
The addition of “or a Senior European Championships” to Rule 1(e):
“No oarsman shall compete in this event if he has rowed or sculled in an Olympic Games, a Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, a F.I.S.A. Senior World Championships or a Senior European Championships.”
The Temple Challenge Cup (Student M8+)
The Stewards have decided to replace the existing Rule 1(f):
“No oarsman shall compete in this event if he is a “Blue” or has rowed in an analogous crew, including, for example, in the United States of America, Heavyweight Varsity crews competing in the Eastern Sprints or in the Pac-12 Championships”
with the following:
“No oarsman shall compete in this event if he has won a medal at a World Under 23 Championships.”
Henley Royal Regatta says the reason for this change is that the Committee felt that the top athletes are taken out of The Temple by Rule 1(d) and new Rule 1(f). By deleting the old Rule 1(f) the crew is able to reform using rowers from second and third eights to enable them to row in The Temple.
The Prince Albert Challenge Cup (Student M4+)
Rule 1(f) – Changed to “No oarsman shall compete in this event if he has won a medal at a World Under 23 Championships.”
New entry fees for Henley Royal Regatta in 2018
The entry fees are increasing as follows:
- Eights from £160 to £180.
- Fours from £80 to £90.
- Pairs and Doubles from £60 to £70.
- Singles to stay at £40.