Ireland’s top eights defeated on opening day of Henley Regatta
Lady Elizabeth boat club also lost having hit booms early on, missing number of strokes
Three Irish crews go into action in the Henley Regatta over the next two days. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
The opening day of Henley Royal Regatta brought no joy for Ireland. The two top eights in the country were drawn against tough competition and both exited.
Rowing into a headwind and choppy water, UCD’s challenge in the Temple Cup for student eights was ended by Drexel University from Philadelphia. The two crews swapped the lead early on, but Drexel took a commanding lead in the second half of the race.
Commercial pushed up the rate in the middle stages, but at the three-quarter mile mark they were one-and-a- third lengths down.