Henley Royal Regatta’s second day witnessed intense competition and remarkable comebacks. In the Men’s Single Sculls event, Cameron Buchan staged a thrilling turnaround, overtaking Matt Brigham in the final moments to win by a narrow margin. The Student Women’s Eight race saw Newcastle University’s surprising victory over Princeton University, highlighting the increasing quality and depth of women’s rowing at Henley.
Buchan, a Scottish rowing YouTuber, strategically timed his comeback to perfection, passing Brigham after a strong surge in the closing stages.
Despite Brigham’s initial lead, Buchan’s determination and size advantage ultimately proved decisive. Both rowers have represented Great Britain in development programs, with Brigham gaining recognition for defeating double Olympic champion Mahé Drysdale in a previous Henley race.
Meanwhile, Newcastle University’s Women’s Eight, represented by the lion mascot, delivered an impressive performance against the favored Princeton Tigers from the USA.
Taking an early lead, Newcastle extended their advantage to win convincingly. This success highlighted the competitive nature of this year’s Regatta, with the USA traditionally dominating the event.
Before Newcastle’s triumph, Tyne A.R.C., based on the River Tyne in Newburn, secured victories in two races within a short span of time. They continued their excellent form, having previously defeated Lea Rowing Club in the Wyfold event. The morning also featured mixed results for Australian teams, with Melbourne University being disqualified for steering issues and clashes, while Brisbane Boys’ College and Sydney Rowing Club claimed confident wins.
Oxford Brookes University displayed its exceptional program strength by securing victories in all three of their boat races.
The “C” boat’s triumph over Syracuse University, USA, in the Island Challenge Cup showcased their remarkable depth. Dutch crews from K.A.R.Z.V. De Hoop and G.S.R. Aegir dominated in consecutive races during the afternoon, emerging as victors in the Wyfold, Prince Albert, and Thames events, respectively.
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