American crews open strong

Updated: June 29, 2011, 4:35 PM ET
Associated Press

HENLEY, England -- American crews won every race against English boats to open the five-day Henley Regatta on Wednesday.

There were five victories in the first round of the Temple Cup for student eights.

Yale beat St. Hild and St. Bede College from Durham University by 1¼ lengths, and the Florida Institute of Technology won by the same margin against Cambridge despite clipping the wooden booms that mark the perimeter of the course just after the start.

Harvard rallied to beat the University of the West of England by 2¾ lengths, the University of California defeated University of Warwick by 4¾ lengths, and the University of Virginia topped the University of East Anglia by 2¼ lengths.

The superiority over English boats continued in the Thames Cup for club eights.

University Barge Club beat Kingston by 2⅔ lengths in a race it controlled from the start, and Green Lake Crew looked poised in recording a 2½-length win over Curlew.

In the afternoon session, the Four Score and Four Rowing Club from New Haven, Conn., beat London's Thames club by 1¾ lengths in the day's other Thames Cup race after a quick start.

St. Paul's School of Concord, N.H., lost by 1 length to locals Kingston Grammar School, in a race that saw the English crew slowly edge away.

In the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights, considered one of the most prestigious events in the world for junior rowing, St. Andrew's School beat St. Paul's School by 2 lengths. The two crews were level just after the start, but St. Andrew's gradually moved ahead. Later, St. Joseph's Preparatory School from Philadelphia beat England's King's School, Chester by 1¼ lengths.

In the Prince Albert Cup for student coxed fours, the University of Virginia held off the University of London to win by 1½ lengths. In the same event, Harvard's "A" crew beat its "B" crew by 1 3/4 lengths.

New Orleans lost by 4¼ lengths to England's Radley Mariners in the opening round of the Britannia Cup for coxed fours.


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