Henley Royal Regatta 1860

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In any sport there are particularly significant events and venues which have great importance. For tennis junkies the venue is Wimbledon and the event the Lawn Tennis Association Championships. For National Hunt racing fans it is Aintree and the Grand National, whilst for Flat racing enthusiasts it is Epsom and The Derby. However, for rowing there are two events, the University Boat Race and the Royal Regatta, yet in the beginning just one important venue, Henley-on-Thames.
The inaugural University Boat race took place in 1829 at Henley-on-Thames. It was the brainchild of a Cambridge student, Charles Merivale who, at the time, was a student at St Johns College. His great friend Charles Wordsworth was a student at Christ Church College, Oxford and it was to be the dark blues of Oxford who easily defeated their light blue rivals. Today the race takes place between Putney and Mortlake and, to date, Cambridge have recorded more wins than Oxford.
The first Henley Regatta was held in 1839 when amateur rowers contested races on one afternoon. The day was so successful that in 1840 the event was extended to two days, and by 1851 it was so popular that Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, attended so enabling the annual event to be called Henley Royal Regatta for the first time. The event has grown in popularity ever since, and this site records the results of the main races since its inception.

The University Boat Race
1860       31st March           Cambridge          26 mins 5 secs    1 length                Cambridge 10 Oxford 7

STEWARDS CHALLENGE CUP GRAND CHALLENGE CUP TOWN CHALLENGE CUP
Trinity First, Cambridge Trinity First, Cambridge Dreadnought Club, Henley

London Rowing Club

9 mins 26 secs Easily

London Rowing Club

8 mins 55 secs 3 lengths

Henley Boat Club

10 mins 50 secs Easily

DOUBLE SCULLS CHALLENGE CUP DIAMOND CHALLENGE SCULLS SILVER GOBLETS
This race was first instituted in 1939. H H Playford, London Rowing Club A A Casamajor/Woodbridge, London Rowing Club

The race was introduced to mark the Centenary Regatta.

 

E D Brickwood, London

12 mins 8 secs

Inlglis/Royds, Trinity First, Cambridge

11 mins 50 secs 2 lengths

LADIES´ CHALLENGE PLATE VISITORS CHALLENGE CUP DISTRICT PAIRS/GOBLETS (Trophy not as shown)
Trinity First, Cambridge Trinity First, Cambridge J Dolley/T Dolley, Oxford

 

Row over

 

Row over

F Williams/J Smith, Henley

 

THAMES CHALLENGE CUP WYFOLD CHALLENGE CUP LOCAL AMATEUR SCULLERS RACE (Trophy not as shown)
Race instituted in 1868 London Rowing Club Event withdrawn in 1857

 

Kingston Rowing Club

10 mins 8 secs 1 length

 

 

This year saw the domination of Trinity First, Cambridge, winning all the major trophies.
PRINCESS ELIZABETH CHALLENGE CUP The Local Amateur Scullers Race was also known as Silver Wherry.
This race was instituted in 1946. The District Goblets for Pairs was to take place between 1858 and 1867.
In the first year the race took place over a mile. The Presentation Cup for Fours without Cox was to take place between 1869 and 1872.
The full course was used in 1947 and by 1964 Foreign schools were allowed entry.  
 
TEMPLE CHALLENGE CUP FAWLEY CHALLENGE CUP PRINCE ALBERT CHALLENGE CUP
This event was first contested in 1990. This event first took place in 1992. This event was first staged in 2004.
The race is for male eights. The race is for junior boys quads. The race is for Mens coxed fours.
REMENHAM CHALLENGE CUP PRINCESS ROYAL CHALLENGE CUP PRINCESS GRACE CHALLENGE CUP
This event was first staged in 2003. This event was first staged in 1992. This race was first instituted in 2003.
The race is for Womens eights. The race is for Women´s singles. The event is named after Princess Grace of Monaco.
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