Bears send four boats to Henley Royal Regatta

The Bears will send four boats to the historic regatta.

First time since 2017 for Cal in historic race

BERKELEY – Twenty-eight members of the California men’s rowing team will travel to the United Kingdom next week to compete in the annual Henley Royal Regatta. The Bears will send four boats to the six-day event taking place in Henley-on-Thames, England.

All races will be broadcast livewith results and information also available by following @HenleyRegatta on Twitter.

“After a successful 2022 season, capped by the Varsity 8+ winning the National Championship, we are delighted to invite a great group to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta,” said the Head Coach. Scott Frandsen. “Our internal standard is that crews that win the Pac12 championship have earned the right to go, so we take the Varsity 8+ to race in the Ladies Plate event, the JV 8+ to race in two 4+s at Prince Albert, and the Freshman 8+ to compete in the Temple Cup. The guys are all excited to be heading to Henley and enjoying the unique spectacle the regatta has to offer; we’ll be immersing ourselves in British rowing culture for a weekend and enjoy it…and then we’ll be heading back to California! I’m really proud of how all of our crews have raced all year and what they’ve accomplished; this trip will be a continuation of that success .”

The Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held every year since, with the exception of years affected by both World Wars and the COVID-19 pandemic. The historic event features a unique racing style with just two lanes. Knockout races are held on a 2,112-yard course, slightly longer than the 2,000 yards commonly used in the NCAA. Cal last raced in the event in 2017.

Cal’s busy schedule begins with the Temple Challenge which kicks off on Tuesday. Cal won the Temple Challenge in 2007 and 2011 and reached the semifinals in 2016. Competition in the Temple Challenge will be Jacques French (helmsman), Marcus Cameron (feed), Wilson Morton, Jamie Arnold, Harry Manton, guy ferrera, Andre TregerHenry Furrer and Farley Dimond-Brown (bow).

The Golden Bears will have two boats competing in the Prince Albert Cup, a four-man coxed race beginning Wednesday, June 29. Illiad Izadi (helmsman), Tommy Barrel (stroke), Fred Roper, Balthazar Issa, and Even Lane (bow). The “B” range will be Ryan Prendergast (helmsman), Tyler Kurt (blow), Alex Langston Bolt, Michael Chandlerand Josh Anderson (bow).

The Varsity 8+ will participate in the Ladies’ Challenge Plate which begins on Friday. Luca Vierra will helm the boat, he will be joined by Iwan Hadfield (stroke), Elliott Kemp, Tim Roth, Ollie Maclean, Gennaro de Mauro, Angus Dawson, Olav Molenaarand Crouching Campbell (bow).

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Earnest A. Martinez