Reports and results from Henley will be added to the bottom this page at the end of each Summer Term.

History of results at Henley Royal Regatta (HRR)

Since 1919, Shrewsbury has won more events at Henley Royal Regatta than any other school both in the UK and overseas with a total of 14 wins.

Since 1987, Shrewsbury has reached the Saturday Semi Final of The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup on four occasions: 1994, 1997, 2006 and 2008. The 2007 Shrewsbury School First VIII won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at HRR becoming the fastest UK and international school VIII (competitors included national schools champions from USA, Canada and Australia).

The 1976, 1982 and 2006 First VIIIs were the National Schools Champions of Great Britain, winning the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Cup at the National Schools Regatta. The 2008 First VIII was also National Schools Champions of Great Britain, winning the Championship Eights event at the Eton Schools Regatta, after the National Schools Regatta was cancelled due to bad weather.

Ladies' Challenge Plate
The School first entered the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1912. In 1919 the regatta was named the Henley Peace Regatta and various Cups were loaned to the Regatta to mark the occasion. The Ladies’ Challenge Plate was not available and instead Shrewsbury entered for the Elsenham Cup, which was presented by Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart. The qualification was the similar to the Ladies’ Challenge Plate, being open to schools and universities. As the event is open to both schools and universities it is a great accomplishment for a school to reach the final or win. Other than Eton College Shrewsbury is the only school to have won the event more than once. In the 1931 final, the Shrewsbury School First VIII lost by just one third of a length to Jesus College, Cambridge.   

1919            Elsenham Cup Winner            
1924            Ladies’ Challenge Plate Winner
1931            Ladies’ Challenge Plate Finalist
1932            Ladies’ Challenge Plate Winner

The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup
This was instituted for eights in 1946 for public schools in the United Kingdom and opened to overseas entries in 1964.

1947            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Finalist
1955            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner
1957            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Finalist
1960            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner
1961            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner
2007            Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup Winner

Special Race for Schools
This event was introduced in 1974  for school VIIIs and held on the Saturday and Sunday of Henley due to problems with the A level exam timetable. Of the 16 occasions the event was run Shrewsbury won 7 times and lost in the final 4 times.

The Cup was later renamed the Fawley Challenge Cup for Quadruple Sculls.

1974            Finalist
1975            Winner
1976            Winner
1978            Finalist
1980            Winner
1981            Winner
1982            Winner
1983            Finalist
1984            Winner
1985            Winner
1986            Finalist (1988 was the last year for the Special Race for Schools)

Reports and results from Henley will be added here at the end of each Summer Term, for as long as our First VIII remain there. Please use the links on the right to see earlier Henley coverage (going back to 2008).

Reports from Henley (going back to 2008)


Monday 14 July 2014

  • Henley Royal Regatta 2014
    The 1st VIII competed at the 175th Henley Royal Regatta held from the 2nd to the 6th July. The crew raced in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup event for school VIIIs along with 31 other crews in the side by side knockout competition.

    The crew moved into accommodation in Stoke Row just outside Henley on Friday the 27th June in order to get some time out on the course. The crew settled in quickly to the fantastic host accommodation and ate extremely well with delicious food on offer from the local pub ‘The Crooked Billet’ who kindly provided wonderful dinners for the boys.

    On Saturday the crew attended the draw at the Henley Town Hall to find out who their first opponents would be on the Wednesday.   Over the next few days the boys developed a healthy routine of eating, sleeping, relaxing and training to ensure they were ready for some tough racing.

    On the Tuesday evening before racing commenced the boys were delighted and privileged to be visited by Sir Steve Redgrave at the kind arrangement of our host family. Steve spent close to two hours sharing some of his experiences and wisdom with the boys. He will be taking on the role as Chairman of the Regatta from 2015.

    On Wednesday morning the crew went for an early pre-race paddle in order to settle their nerves and check over the equipment. After a light breakfast and final preparations they took to the water against Bedford Modern School in the 1st round. The VIII made a strong start to put themselves in the lead and develop a strong rhythm to control the race through to the finish and set up a second round match against National School’s bronze medallists Hampton. 

    The crew expected a tough race against Hampton having come off second best to them at the National Schools' Regatta. The VIII followed a similar routine in preparation for the race and found themselves back on the start line on Thursday morning.  Both crews made an equally strong start with very little to choose between them at the end of the island. At the quarter-mile Hampton had a slight advantage of a canvas. The VIII pressed hard through to the Barrier where they managed to reverse the margin in their favour. The crews traded blows stroke after stroke down the 2112-metre course. The crew managed to extend their lead to a quarter of a length at the 3/4-mile mark and then open up a little further past Remenham Club.  As both boats approached the final 500 metres, Hampton closed to within a quarter of a length and then to within 2 feet with 200m to go. Both crews were at full tilt the entire length of the course and in the final 100 meters the VIII had nothing left to give and narrowly lost out. The crew were disappointed to be knocked out but can be proud in the way they acquitted themselves at the event.

Thursday 26 June 2014

  • RSSBC: Lettie Tay (EDH LVI) becomes the first Salopian finalist in the Henley Women’s Regatta

    Last weekend saw the running of the Henley Women’s Regatta over 1500m of the famous regatta course. The Boat Club took two crews to the Regatta. Claudia Kimpton-Smith (EDH LVI) and Francesca Molyneux (EDH UVI) raced in the Junior Doubles event and Lettie Tay (EDH LVI) raced in the Junior Single Sculls category.

    Claudia and Francesca had a good row but lost out in the 1st round to a composite crew from the American School London and King’s Ely. Lettie produced some fantastic racing and progressed through three rounds to secure herself and the Boat Club’s first spot in a final of the Regatta.

    She saw off competition from Mossbourne, The Grange School and St Edward’s to make it into the last two of 16. Going into the final as the slight underdog, Lettie had a real go off the start but wasn’t able to upset her competition from Runcorn and had to settle with a second place.

    It was a fantastic result from Lettie and one that she should take confidence from as she heads off to GB final trials in two weeks’ time. Lettie is in the Lower Sixth and still has another year to compete for the School.