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Sir Ben Ainslie to give winning trophy at Henley Regatta

Sir Ben Ainslie will present the winners of the Henley Royal Regatta with their trophy Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Sir Ben Ainslie will present trophies to the winning crews of the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday.

The four-times Olympic champion will hand out the awards, along with the Regatta Chairman Mike Sweeney, who is retiring after 22 years of service.

This is the 175th Henley Royal Regatta where 494 crews have entered.

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175th Henley Royal Regatta gets underway

The scene is set for a high-calibre Henley Royal Regatta, celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the first Regatta in 1839, with many Olympic and World Champions from around the world taking part.

The Great Britain Rowing Team was the top nation at the recent European Championships in Belgrade and eight of its crews will be competing in the top events at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.

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Crews prepare at Henley Royal Regatta Credit: ITV Meridian

The British Eight, racing as Leander Club and University of London, are European Bronze Medallists and will meet the French National Eight, racing as Club France in a straight final. The winning crew will be the first to have their names engraved on the brand new base of The Grand Challenge Cup.

In The Queen Mother Challenge Cup for men’s quads the British World and European Silver Medallists, racing as Leander Club and Agecroft Rowing Club, will face tough opposition from the national crews from Australia, France and the Netherlands.

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Crowds gather at Henley Royal Regatta Credit: ITV Meridian

The Remenham Challenge Cup for women’s eights has attracted national crews from Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands. The British Eight will be racing as Leander Club and Imperial College London. A total of 494 crews have entered this year’s Regatta.

The Chairman of the Committee of Management, Mike Sweeney, said “This year is the 175th Anniversary of the Regatta and I am delighted to welcome so many top crews from all around the world to help us to celebrate this special occasion. “

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Students qualify for Henley Regatta

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Rowing teammates: Zoe Taylor, Lauren Kedar, Xanthe and Annabel Stevens Credit: Peter Symonds College

A team of Hampshire students have qualified to be one of eight boats competing at Henley Regatta.

Xanthe Weatherhead and her crew from Reading Rowing Club qualified for one of the four remaining places at the world-recognised event.

With four pre-qualified crews, the team were up against 17 other squads, including international opponents from USA and Ireland, who hoped to win one of the four coveted remaining places on the Henley course.

The Reading Rowing Club are an average of two years younger than the remaining boats and have made history as the first female crew to ever qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta.

The girls will be competing in the quarter finals race at Henley this Friday.

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