The Mercyhurst College men’s crew team will travel across the pond for the 2009 Royal Henley Regatta, July 1-5. The Lakers will compete against teams from all over the world in the Visitors’ Challenge Cup, including crews from Ireland, Czech Republic, Germany and Australia.
One of the most prestigious rowing events in the world, the Henley was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. The Regatta holds a unique place in the rowing community, as it subscribes to its own set of rules since it was formed long before national and international rowing federations were developed.
Another unique distinction to the Henley is its use of knock-out draw, with just two boats racing in each heat, in comparison to traditional multi-lane regattas.
The Lakers begin their quest for the Visitors’ Challenge Cup on Thursday, July 2, in the first round of competition, followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Fans can follow all the action on the official Regatta site and learn more about the history and tradition of Henley at: http://www.hrr.co.uk/pdisp.php?pid=1