The 2016 Henley Royal Regatta has received a record number of entries, highlighting its position as the world’s most famous and prestigious rowing event.
The previous record was set in 1998 when 552 crews entered the event, but that number has been smashed in 2016 with 629 crews. The number of international entries the regatta has received has also smashed all previous records with 165 crews entered (133 overseas crews entered in 2012).
These entries come from a staggering 27 different countries; another record which beats the total of 22 nations set at the 2013 Henley Royal Regatta.
Stars return looking for more glory at the Henley Royal Regatta 2016
One of the stars of world rowing will return to the Henley Regatta next week as New Zealand’s Olympic Champion Mahe Drysdale; he will be looking for his sixth win in the Diamond Challenge Sculls, which would equal Australian Stuart MacKenzie’s record which has stood for more than 50-years.
The Dutch eight, who have won the first two World Cup races of the season will be looking to complete their preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics, as they compete in the Grand Challenge Cup alongside the Dutch pair and Dutch four.
While the majority of the British Olympic Team will not compete at the event but there will still be a strong representation from the home-team with former Junior World Champion Jess Leyden and the lightweight women’s quad who took the silver medal at last year’s World Championships.
Great Britain’s talented pair of Jack Beaumont and Nick Middleton will be looking to continue their fine season, after making two World Cup Finals, they will compete in the Double Sculls Challenge Cup.
Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Committee of Management of the Henley Regatta said: “The record entry level reflects the prestigious appeal Henley Royal Regatta holds for rowers at school, club, college, university and international levels.
“Personally I am looking forward to seeing the men’s double sculls having seen the GB boys come through the ranks and Jack recently made two World Cup finals in a day after being subbed into the quad and winning a silver. There’s a strong chance they’ll meet the Belgium Lightweight double which will make for an outstanding race.”
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