Eton are left to blow in the wind
Friday 05 July 1996
With the wind blowing straight down the course, University of Wales College (Cardiff) took a slight lead at the Barrier. With both crews showing wayward bladework in the gusting gale, it was no surprise when Eton were stopped by a huge crab and dropped two lengths behind. The Welsh lead was reduced at the end - but only when it was too late.
Eton's interest in the regatta ended when the second eight was overrun by Oundle in the Princess Elizabeth Cup. Oundle made the fastest time, but may find St Edward's a handful later in the event.
Sweden's Maria Brandin, the world champion who weighs almost 14 stone, had a huge advantage in the head wind against the British lightweight, Nicky Dale, in the women's single sculls.
Brandin said that she both likes and hates Henley. She has done little racing this year, while doing humidity and high altitude training, and finds the extra distance over the usual international distance of 2,000m a benefit. "You have to do the last 200 metres even if you don't want to," she said, "but I don't like it, because if you come second you lose and you have to go home."
The ladies' plate opened with some sharp performances from both British and United States lightweight crews. The Goldie crew, with five Cambridge blues and three reserve caps, looked very strong and rhythmic in beating Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, in the Diamond Sculls, most of the home interest has already evaporated.
elephant appealPrince William signs up for our charity appeal
elephant appealSo says man jailed for cutting off dead elephant's tusks
booksWe examine the best titles for teens
scienceResearchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words
booksA Christmas story in six parts
travelWill high-value tourism help the workshops of this Renaissance city?
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
Latest in Sport
Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 1 match report: Luis Suarez leaves Malky Mackay with nothing but pride
The worst owner in football? Vincent Tan faces fan backlash as Malky Mackay clings to Cardiff job
Spurs don't want Glenn Hoddle as their new manager
Arsène Wenger: Now is the time to finally beat Jose Mourinho
Manchester United 3 West Ham 1 match report: Ashley Young returns in style to finish off Hammers
- 1 Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 The publisher who played with fire: the battle for control of Larsson's £30m legacy
- 5 Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
David Cameron takes his biggest gamble yet as he gets tough on Europe over immigration
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
Top PR exec Justine Sacco under fire for sending racist tweet before flying to Africa
£40000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits : Harrington Starr: C#.NET Developer (WPF...
£45000 - £65000 per annum + London: Harrington Starr: Senior Automation QA Eng...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Year 6 Teacher - Gilli...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Teacher of English - S...