Temple Challenge Cup
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Two crews racing in the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley in 2003
VenueHenley Royal Regatta, River Thames
LocationHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Dates1990 – present

The Temple Challenge Cup is one of the eights races at Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames in England. It is open to male crews from universities, colleges or schools. Combined entries from two colleges of the same university, or from different schools, are allowed.[1]

There are restrictions on individual rowers to ensure that the faster crews row in the Ladies' Challenge Plate. A rower cannot take part in this race if he has previously won an event at Henley, except The Thames, The Wyfold, The Britannia, The Prince Albert, The Princess Elizabeth, or The Fawley Challenge Cups. The race is limited to 32 entrants.[2]

The event was first staged in 1990, and, after a successful first year, the Regatta Stewards decided to make it a permanent fixture. The cup, awarded to the winning crew on finals day, was made in 1835 by Charles Fox, and has been engraved with a sketch of the Temple on Temple Island at the start of the regatta course.

There was no foreign winner until 1996, when the United States' Yale University won the final. Since 2000, foreign crews have dominated the event winning 14 times in 18 years with 10 of the winners hailing from the United States. Only Oxford Brookes University Boat Club have broken the foreign stranglehold on the trophy, winning the event in 2006, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

Winners

As Henley Prize

Year Winner Runner-Up
1990 Imperial College Boat Club Trinity College Dublin
1991 University of Bristol Boat Club Imperial College Boat Club

As Temple Challenge Cup

Year Winner Runner-Up
1992 Imperial College Boat Club Trinity College Dublin
1993 Oxford Brookes University Boat Club Trinity College Dublin
1994 Imperial College Boat Club Trinity College Dublin
1995 Oxford Brookes University Boat Club Trinity College Dublin
1996 Yale University, USA Imperial College Boat Club
1997 Goldie Boat Club Imperial College Boat Club & King's College, London
1998 Imperial College Boat Club University of Wales College, Cardiff
1999 Cambridge University Boat Club Imperial College Boat Club
2000 Yale University, USA Brown University, USA
2001 Harvard University Oxford Brookes University Boat Club
2002 Harvard University Oxford Brookes University Boat Club
2003 Princeton University "A", USA Princeton University "B", USA
2004 ASR Nereus, Netherlands DSR Proteus-Eretes, Netherlands
2005 Trinity College, Hartford, USA Yale University, USA
2006 Oxford Brookes University Boat Club Cornell University, USA
2007 University of California, Berkeley, USA Cornell University, USA
2008 University of Western Ontario, Canada Trinity College, Hartford, USA
2009 Princeton University, USA Brown University, USA
2010 University of Washington, USA ASR Nereus, Netherlands
2011 University of California, Berkeley, USA ASR Nereus, Netherlands
2012 University of Washington, USA Brown University, USA
2013 DSRV Laga, Netherlands Harvard University, USA
2014 Oxford Brookes University Boat Club Brown University, USA
2015 ASR Nereus, Netherlands Universite de Lyon, France
2016 Oxford Brookes University Boat Club University of California, Berkeley, USA
2017 Oxford Brookes University Boat Club University of London Boat Club
2018 University of Washington, USA Oxford Brookes University Boat Club
2019 Oxford Brookes University Boat Club Northeastern University, USA
2020 No competition due to COVID-19 pandemic[3]
2021 ASR Nereus, Netherlands[4] Imperial College Boat Club

Sources

References

  1. ^ "results". Henley Royal Regatta.
  2. ^ "Constitution and Rules of Henley Royal Regatta" (PDF).
  3. ^ "2020 REGATTA CANCELLATION - STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)". Henley Royal Regatta.
  4. ^ "Results 2021". Henley Royal Regatta. Retrieved 21 October 2021.