Rough, cold water and steady, hard wind set the stage for Saturday's 144th running of the Yale-Harvard Regatta on the Thames River in New London, Conn. The Bulldogs got solid performances from all three of its boat, but fell short of a strong Crimson squad in the varsity, junior varsity and freshman races.
Saturday's race marks the 144th edition of the Yale-Harvard Regatta. The crews first met in 1852, and have competed for the Sexton Cup annually since 1859. On all but five occasions since 1878 the Regatta has been held on the Thames River in New London. Three events are scheduled for Saturday, beginning with the two-mile freshman race for the New London Cup. The three-mile junior varsity race with the F. Valentine Chappell Trophy at stake follows, and the event culminates with the four-mile Sexton Cup race between the varsity eights, the longest rowing race in the Western hemisphere. The overall regatta champion also receives the Hoyt C. Pease and Robert Chappell, Jr. Trophy. A special combination race with boats made up of rowers from the third varsity and second freshman crews kicks off the Regatta weekend on Friday afternoon. The winner of the combination race gets the James P. Snider Cup and earns the right to paint its school colors on the rock near the finish line. Saturday's races will all be held downstream, breaking a nine-year string of upstream races, while the Friday combination race will be held upstream.
Along with seven other universities, Yale was invited by the provincial government of Chengdu, in Sichuan Province of China, to compete in the Longhu Cup International University Regatta. The ceremonial regatta and the accompanying cultural exchange were both part of the opening festivities for Chengdu's 1,300 year old traditional dragon boat festival, which features the Xinjin Dragon Boat Race on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.