HENLEY, England — The University of Washington lost by 1 length in Sunday’s final of the Grand Challenge Cup for international eights at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames.
The Great Britain national squad, racing as Leander and Molesey clubs, won in a record time which at 5 minutes, 54 seconds was three seconds faster than the previous mark.
The Grand Challenge Cup is the senior event of the whole regatta, and the British crew included three Olympic gold medalists from 2012, while the Washington crew had gone through the season undefeated till this point.
The Washington crew featured coxswain Seamus Labrum, a Cape May Court House native and Holy Spirit High School graduate.
The British crew took an early lead which it stretched to almost 2 lengths by halfway. Washington then charged and closed to within 1 length.
In the Ladies’ Plate — the second event for international eights — Northeastern University “A’' was caught on the line by another British squad, going down by just six feet, with the British crew eventually forcing its way through from behind and also setting a record time.
Egg Harbor Township High School graduate Kyle Erlandson sat in seat four for Northeastern.
The Dutch students from Laga, Delftsche, were too powerful for Harvard in the final of the Temple Cup for student eights, beating them by 2 1/4 lengths. The Dutch had the better start and gradually increased their lead throughout the race.
Union Boat Club from Boston lost out in the final of the Britannia Cup for club coxed fours, going down by 1 length to London’s Taurus “A’' in the first final of the day. Taurus had a fast start and gradually built a lead of over 2 lengths. While Union fought back in the second half of the race, it could never get close enough to challenge properly.
The final of the Princess Grace Cup for international female quadruple sculls saw California Rowing Club racing against a composite crew from the British squad in the colors of Leander and Minerva Bath.
The crews remained level for the first quarter-mile of the course, before the British team squeezed out a lead of a few feet. It built on that gradually, and got a 1 length verdict on the line.
The only American win of the day was already guaranteed, with Harvard “A’' facing Harvard “B’' in the final of the Visitors’ Cup for student and club coxless fours.
Harvard “A’' won by 3 lengths.