Henley Royal Regatta 2007 Information
As the team travels overseas to compete on the Thames for both the Ladies Plate
and the Temple Cup, we would like to keep the alumni and supporters informed on
their training and whereabouts throughout the trip.
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Tim Mambort reporting on July 4, 2007
The days have been going by here with practices and everyone is excited to finally get to
the racing part of the trip. Syracuse earned its first victory today with a convincing
win in the Temple Cup race. The Ladies entry boat was able to watch the race from the
Stewards Enclosure and it was a great time. Watching the boys go by with open lengths
sure got us pumped up for the race tomorrow. We also just found out that we race at noon
so there should be a great crowd in attendance. It will be a great atmosphere to race
Since this is our first experience in the Stewards Enclosure it is worth noting what a
spectacle it really is. Only the Ladies entry was able to experience it today but
hopefully the Temple entry will get the chance tomorrow. All the women have elaborate
hats on and the men are all sporting crazy jackets. We are very proud that our bright
orange blazers still stuck out in the crowd and received many compliments. Many pictures
were taken with us so they have been a real success so far. It was also great to see so
many Syracuse families and supporters out on the race course today.
No other real news to report other than the weather is still wet and rather dreary but we
make the best of it. Some of us also got the chance to talk to Dano on Monday so it was
nice to catch up with him. Well two big races tomorrow for both boats so hopefully its
another good day for the Orange.
Jon Flynn reporting on July 4, 2007
As Tim has mentioned above the second varsity boat has advanced to the second day of racing.
Warming up before the race we experienced a lot of weather conditions. It went from raining
to sunny, from a dead wind to stiff head wind and back around again. At race time it was a
steady head wind but the rain held off. You can watch a section of the race below.
The start of the race was a bit frantic and rushed through the first third of the race.
Once we pushed to about half a length, the guys settled down and started to really focus
on being long and strong. By the Barrier we had close to open water, and by the Fawley,
nearly an open length. Through the second part of the race we just focused on driving
our legs together and slowing down the recovery. At about 700 to go, Jamie called the
stroke rate down to a 32 to cruise for a win in a time of 7:24. We accomplished our
goals for the day and are eager to race tomorrow. We will be racing University of West
of England tomorrow at 5:05 PM (12:05 EST). We are hopeful that we can produce the same
outcome as today, and chalk up another victory for Syracuse.
|2V in Temple Cup
Justin Stangel reporting on July 1, 2007
Yesterday after a wet practice in the morning the team went into London for a reception
at the Faraday House. The event was for alumni and current faculty at the center.
Daryl Gross also made an appearance and along with Dave made some heart warming speeches
that the guys thoroughly enjoyed. The reception also allowed us to show off our sharp
orange blazers which also make for some great conversation starters (pictures below).
After meeting many different people it was time to call it a night and return to Henley.
Today the team had two practices one at 9:00 am and again at 5:30 pm. From the banks it
has been more interesting watching crews after the qualifications have passed and crews
are doing final preparations for competition. Both ‘Cuse crews are looking good handling
the harsh racing conditions that are being thrown at them. Recent rains have made the
current incredibly swift and on top of that the wind has been howling down in a head, but
the guys are taking it in stride and continuing to work hard.
Well the teams keep arriving from South Africa to Canada showing up today and the word on
the street is that our man DanO is showing up sometime tomorrow with Cambridge. Also the
draw happened yesterday and if you have not heard (www.hrr.co.uk) the Temple entry has
Glasgow Wednesday at 5:35 and the Ladies entry has Isis and Oxford and Brooks Thursday
at a time to be determined. More to come tomorrow.
|Both Crews practicing
|Christ Church, Oxford
||Christ Church, Oxford
||Christ Church, Oxford
||Christ Church, Oxford
|Both Crews in front
of Temple Island
Jon Flynn reporting on June 26-28, 2007
On the first morning of practice, we could see that this course is very favorable
for Syracuse Orange. With a stiff head wind, and the current running at full speed,
we feel this is exactly what we been trained to do. Upon arrival, we learned that
neither boat will need to qualify for their respectful event. Qualifying races will
be held on Friday the 29th. The 2nd boat will watch their Cups qualifying race and
time the competitors to see who has speed. Other then that the first two days we
got back into getting the body moving and the rhythm flowing. Thursday we did some
harder work, doing 4 by three minutes. Both crews have managed the tough conditions
well. Looking forward for the next day, the team will have one early practice at 7:30 AM
and have the afternoon off. Some of the team will be getting some sightseeing in and
take a bus to Oxford or to Windsor. -Jon Flynn
Jon Flynn reporting on June 25, 2007
The team left Syracuse Monday morning with a very early wake up call at 1:00 AM.
All dressed in bright orange blazers, the team made their way to JFK for a long
trip to England. The team finally arrived the same day in the town of Henley-on-Thames
at 10:30 PM. From the commotion of the town at night, the team was eager to get to
work on the river tomorrow. The host (Maggie and Ed) have gotten us settled into
our houses and are wonderful hosts, and will be taking care of breakfasts and making
a dinner or two. -Jon Flynn
||The Boat Tents