HANOVER. N.H. – Dartmouth heavyweight rowing will travel overseas to Henley-on-Thames, England, to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta.
The Big Green's first race in the Ladies' Challenge Plate will take place on Friday against Germany's RTHC Bayer Leverkusen.
Established in 1839, the Henley Royal Regatta is one of the oldest and most prestigious regattas in the world, drawing thousands of fans and hundreds of crews from across the globe each year. It takes place in the small British town of Henley-on-Thames situated on the River Thames about an hour outside of London.
The race course is 2,112-meters, slightly longer than the standard 2000-meter courses that the Big Green have rowed throughout the season. Each crew will face a knockout competition, racing over five days from Wednesday to Sunday, or until the crew is defeated.
The last time Dartmouth rowed at Henley was in 2001. The Big Green defeated the highly-favored Princeton Tigers to win its first Ladies' Challenge Plate, catching up to their Ivy League foe in the final 10 to 15 strokes of the race to take the victory.
This will be head coach Wyatt Allen's second trip to Henley. In 2011, while serving as the freshman coach and recruiting coordinator at California Berkeley, the Golden Bears had an undefeated season, claiming the Temple Challenge Cup.