The Stewards have set what appears to be a fairer set of events, and
added mens club quads and womens Open Quads events.
Probably not so good news for those that are ex internationals or
previos winners as they will only be allowed to enter the second tier
Oh and Pinsent has been made a Steward too.
For full details check out:
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA
STEWARDS DECEMBER MEETING 2000
Changes to the Qualification Rules
Two new Sculling Events and a new Structure for Mens Events.
The Stewards are pleased to announce the introduction of two new events
for the 2001 Regatta: -
The Womens Quadruple Sculls an open event with the same
Qualification Rules as for the Henley Prize, the open event for Womens
Eights. The new event will be limited to eight crews.
The Mens Quadruple Sculls below the level of the Queen Mother
Challenge Cup and open to both Club and Student crews. This event will
be limited to 16 crews.
The Stewards have also made a number of Rule changes to existing events
in order to achieve the following objectives: -
To create a qualification system where it is the standing of each
individual rower measured by previous performances that determines
which events he is eligible to enter.
To create an improved progression system for individuals.
To improve the standard of rowing at the Regatta.
The Rule changes will modify the existing relationship of the Mens
Eights and Fours events, the new competition levels and progression
structure can be shown as follows: -
Ladies Visitors Mens Quadruple
Thames Wyfold Britannia
Princess Elizabeth Fawley
These changes can be described as follows:
1. The Rules for the open Eights and Fours events (the Grand, the
Stewards, the Prince Philip and the Queen Mother Challenge Cups)
2. Significant changes have been made to the events available for the
best Club and Student crews. In recent years the Ladies Challenge
Plate (for Eights) has been the only event offered at this level of
competition, but from 2001 two additional events will be available.
These events will be the Visitors Challenge Cup, an existing Fours
event for Student crews that will now be open to Club crews, and the
new Mens Quadruple Sculls event. Both these events will have the same
Qualification Rules as the Ladies Challenge Plate. Restrictions have
been added to each of these events to exclude the National Lightweight
crews and the National Under 23 crews. These crews will now have to
move up into the open events e.g. the Grand Challenge Cup.
3. At the next level down, the Rule excluding certain "institutes,
associations or similar bodies" has been removed from the Thames, the
Wyfold and the Britannia Challenge Cups. However, in line with the
intention to relate qualification to each individual competitors
performance, there is now a bar on previous Henley Winners in these
three events, (other than winners of the Temple, Princess Elizabeth or
Fawley Challenge Cups).
This means that an individual could win the Fawley and/or the Princess
Elizabeth Challenge Cups while at school, the Temple Challenge Cup
while at University and then either the Thames, the Wyfold or the
Britannia. However, in future, no oarsman will be able to win more than
one of these three latter events.
Once an individual wins any event at the Thames Cup level, or above, he
will be required in subsequent years to enter at the Ladies Plate
level or higher. In a similar vein, ex-internationals (heavyweight
and lightweight) must in future row at the Ladies Plate level or
higher. They will not be able to return to the Thames Cup level, even
after a certain number of years, as at present.
4. With regard to the standard of rowing at the Regatta, the Stewards
have decided to reduce the number of allowed entries in the Temple
Challenge Cup from 48 to 32, in line with the entry allowed in the
Thames Challenge Cup.
In the process of this comprehensive review the Stewards have also made
a number of minor changes and clarifications to the Qualification
Rules. Coaches and Club Captains are advised to read the 2001
Constitution and Rules very carefully when they are published in the
The New Constitution and Rules will be available to download in January.
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