HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England—Both of the Harvard heavyweight boats competing Thursday at the Henley Royal Regatta won their races to move on in their respective events.
Both Crimson entries won for the second straight day. In the Prince Albert Challenge Cup, Harvard's coxed four eliminated the Bath University B entry with a win by one and three-quarters lengths in their head-to-head race.
The Harvard freshman eight opened the morning with a win in the Temple Challenge Cup. The Crimson topped Durham University B by two-thirds of a length in 6:42.
"The four has advanced to being in the final four, and the freshmen have moved on to the elite eight," said Harvard freshman coach Bill Manning. "The racing gets hard fast, and tomorrow it will start getting very tough. They all raced well today and did a great job. They're all eager and ready for the next round."
The first Harvard alum to take the water representing his country was Brodie Buckland '06, rowing in a pair in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls' Challenge Cup. He and fellow Australian Will Lockwood easily defeated the pair of Wallace and Purdie from the Aberdeen Boat Club.
More alumni will begin racing Friday, when former Radcliffe All-Americans Caryn Davies '05 and Esther Lofgren '08-09 compete in a U.S. quad in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup. Henrik Rummel '09 and the United States men's eight race in the Grand Challenge Cup beginning Saturday.
The Harvard heavyweight varsity eight also begins Henley competition Friday, facing the Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association. The freshman eight will take on the Yale lightweight varsity eight, and the Crimson four will have a day off from racing before facing Newcastle University Saturday.