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Henley Royal Regatta Gets Underway with Five Schools Competing

Henley Royal Regatta Gets Underway with Five Schools Competing

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HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England -- One of the world's most famous regattas is once again slated to feature a strong Ivy League flavor as five schools total nine entries in the 2014 Henley Royal Regatta on July 2-6 on the famed River Thames.

Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the first regatta in 1839, this year's event is scheduled to showcase 494 crews, including 107 overseas crews from 20 different nations, with many Olympic and World Champions from around the world taking part.

The Ivy League has three boats entered the Temple Challenge Cup with a men's crew from Brown and two from Cornell with the Big Red's men's lightweight varsity eight that won the IRA national championship as well as a men's heavyweight eight. Harvard looks to defend its title in the Visitors' Challenge Cup and will be joined by fellow Ivy entries from Columbia and Cornell. The Crimson also have an entry in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, as does the Bears in the Ladies' Challenge Plate.

Yale's women's second varsity eight, which won the G P Jeffries Memorial Trophy at the Henley Women's Regatta two weeks ago, will be among the boats competing in the Remenham Challenge Cup.

The regatta runs five days with races held as head-to-head knock out competitions over the one mile-550 yard (2,112-meter) course.