Henley Royal Regatta officially reveals three new trophies for 2018

Henley Royal Regatta, which runs from 4 to 8 July, has unveiled three new trophies for the women’s pair, four and double sculls – events introduced in 2017

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Henley Royal Regatta new trophies from l to r: Stonor Challenge Trophy, Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup, and The Town Challenge Cup

Henley Royal Regatta revealed the designs of three new trophies for the winners of the women’s four, pair and double sculls at the 2018 Regatta; the new events that were officially introduced in 2017.

Specially commissioned for 2018, the trophies have each been named after significant figures or events in the Regatta’s 179-year history and reflect the long-standing heritage and tradition of Henley Royal Regatta.

The Town Challenge Cup, for open women’s fours, recalls the name of the trophy that was presented to coxed fours alongside The Grand Challenge Cup for eights at the very first Regatta in 1839 and annually thereafter until 1883, after which it was given in trust to the Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta.

The Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup, for open women’s pairs, commemorates the trophy presented for the pairs event at the Royal Henley Peace Regatta in 1919 by Viscount Hambleden. In 1924, he allowed a portion of his land on the Berkshire bank by the start line to be trimmed to enable the creation of the Straight Course on which the Regatta is still raced today. In addition to the trophy, both members of the winning crew will receive presentation miniatures.

The Stonor Challenge Trophy, for open women’s double sculls, commemorates Thomas Stonor (later Lord Camoys), who chaired the meeting in 1839 at which the Regatta was founded. Stonor went on to become one of the Regatta’s very first Stewards.

The trophies were designed by Ottewill Silversmiths in Kent; established in 1993, the award-winning designers are known for their exceptional attention to detail and delivery of world-class craftsmanship.

Sir Steve Redgrave, Chairman of the Regatta’s Committee of Management said: “We’re delighted to unveil the designs of the three new trophies to be presented at this year’s Regatta. The trophies are a tribute to the long-standing history of the Regatta, combining innovation with the tradition and heritage that continues to mark Henley Royal Regatta as one of the great sporting events on the British sporting calendar.”

Henley Royal Regatta takes place between 4 – 8 July. All five days of the Regatta can be watched live and on demand on YouTube.

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