The 2010 Henley Royal Regatta kicks off this Wednesday with Queen's having two men's eights entered in the Temple Challenge Cup. Queen's men have been training in London since the few days leading up to Marlow Regatta (19-20 June). The regatta provided great pre-Henley race experience for the crews. Queen's B were unbeaten all weekend when competing in the IM18s. Queen's A faced top-flight competition on Saturday, finishing sixth in the Elite 8s. They then bounced back on the Sunday to win the 1000m sprint.
Having performed well, Queen's A and B crews both pre-qualified for the Temple, being the only university to do so. Queen's A were also seeded in the draw. Queen's A meet University of Bristol A on Wednesday, and Queen's B meet University of Cape Town (R.S.A.). Queen's men will take each race as it comes, drawing on race experience they have gained throughout the year. Competition is fierce, with a strong North-American entry, a small Dutch contingent and the UK's finest university crews.
With Queen's strongest entry in decades, the support is set to increase also, with many regular and first-time Henley goers making the trip to cheer on the lads. Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson is also set to make the trip in support of the oarsmen. Hope to see you all there soaking up the atmosphere, for Henley 2010 is set to be a memorable occasion.
Queen's men in training, Dorney Lake, June 2010.