Princess Royal Challenge Cup
VenueHenley Royal Regatta, River Thames
LocationHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Dates1993 – present

The Princess Royal Challenge Cup is a rowing event for women's single sculls at the annual Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames in England. It is open to all eligible female scullers.[1]

History

In 1982 an invitation exhibition event for women's singles was added to the race programme. The start for this event was moved to Fawley so that the course was closer to 1000 m. As the intermediate start installations were required for the shorter distance, the races had to take place during intervals in the normal racing programme (the lunch or tea breaks) which meant that only the dedicated stayed to watch.[2]

In the end, the final of the Women's Invitation Single was a highlight of the regatta, with Beryl Mitchell of Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club (World Silver medallist in 1981) beating Stephanie Foster of Waiariki Rowing Club, New Zealand (World Bronze medallist in 1982) by one length.

Women's singles disappeared off the race programme until 1993 when an open Women's Single Sculls event, over the full course, was introduced. From 1993 to 1996 this counted as a round of the FISA World Cup.[3]

The first winner was Maria Brandin of Sweden and she subsequently won a further four times. In 1996, the Stewards purchased a silver cup as a challenge trophy and named it the Princess Royal Challenge Cup; it was presented for the first time in 1997.[4] [5]

Winners

As Invitation Single Sculls

Invitation Single Sculls (Women's 1x)
Year Winner Club Runner-up Club
1982 Beryl Mitchell Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club Stephanie Foster Waiariki Rowing Club, New Zealand

As Princess Royal Challenge Cup

Princess Royal Challenge Cup (Women's Open 1x)
Year Winner Club Runner-up Club
1993 Maria Brandin Kungalv Roddklubb, SWE Annelies Bredael
1994 Marnie McBean Western Middlesex RC, CAN Kathrin Boron
1995 Maria Brandin Kungalv Roddklubb, SWE Silken Laumann
1996 Maria Brandin Kungalv Roddklubb, SWE Carolina Lüthi
1997 Maria Brandin Kungalv Roddklubb, SWE Guin Batten Thames Rowing Club
1998 Maria Brandin Kungalv Roddklubb, SWE Georgina Douglas Mercantile Rowing Club, Aus
1999 Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski RC Wannsee Berlin, GER Maria Brandin Kungalv Roddklubb, Swe
2000 Debbie Flood Tideway Scullers School Maria Brandin Leander Club
2001 Ekaterina Karsten Minsk City Club, BLR Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski RaW Berlin e.V
2002 Rumyana Neykova Club Academic, BUL Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski RaW Berlin e.V
2003 Catriona Oliver Australian Institute of Sport, AUS Donna Martin Black Mountain RC, AUST
2004 Cindy Bishop Riverside Boat Club, USA Rika Geyser Trident RC, RSA
2005 Rumyana Neykova Cherno More Club, BUL Fiona Milne Melbourne University, Australia
2006 Sophie Balmary Club France, FRA Marit van Eupen Hollandia Roeiclub, NED
2007 Michelle Guerette Radcliffe Crew, Harvard University, USA Jen Goldsack Wallingford Rowing Club
2008 Caroline Ryan Garda Siochana Boat Club, IRL Matilda Pauls Imperial College Boat Club
2009 Emma Twigg Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, NZL Genevra Stone Cambridge Boat Club, USA
2010 Miroslava Knapková V.K. Slavia Praha, CZE Genevra Stone Cambridge Boat Club, USA
2011 Miroslava Knapková V.K. Slavia Praha, CZE Genevra Stone Cambridge Boat Club, USA
2012 Isolda Penney Kingston Rowing Club, CAN Kaisa Pajusalu RC Kalev, EST
2013 Miroslava Knapková V.K. Slavia Praha, CZE Emma Twigg Waiariki Rowing Club, NZL
2014 Miroslava Knapková V.K. Slavia Praha, CZE Krisztina Gyimes Danubius Nemzeti Hajos Egylet, HUN
2015 Miroslava Knapková V.K. Slavia Praha, CZE Lisa Scheenaard Hollandia Roeiclub, NED
2016 Lisa Scheenaard Hollandia Roeiclub, NED Anne Beenken Ruderverein Saarbrücken e.V, GER
2017 Annekatrin Thiele SC DHfK Leipzig e.V., GER Victoria Thornley Leander Club
2018 Jeannine Gmelin RC Uster, SUI Madeleine Edmunds Georgina Hope Reinhart NTC, AUS
2019 Emma Twigg Hawkes Bay, NZL Lisa Scheenaard Hollandia Roeiclub, NED
2020 No competition due to COVID-19 pandemic[6]
2021 Lola Anderson[7] Leander Club Lauren Henry Leicester Rowing Club
2022 Kara Kohler[8] Texas Rowing Center, USA Imogen Grant Cambridge University Boat Club

References

  1. ^ "Qualification and Rules" (PDF). Henley Royal Regatta. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  2. ^ "History". Henley Women's Regatta. Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2007.
  3. ^ "Trophies". Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946-2013". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  5. ^ Henley Royal Regatta - Results
  6. ^ "2020 REGATTA CANCELLATION - STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)". Henley Royal Regatta.
  7. ^ "Results 2021". Henley Royal Regatta. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Results 2022". Henley Royal Regatta. Retrieved 10 July 2022.