Royal Thomian Regatta

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Royal-Thomian Regatta
The TN Fernando Trophy. Awarded to the Overall Winner of the Regatta
Sport Rowing
Timeline 19661 – present
Tournament format Annual Rowing regatta
Side by Side races
Participants Royal College
Thora-logo.jpg S. Thomas' College
Current champion S. Thomas' College (40 - 12)
Most successful S. Thomas' 20
Royal 15
Tie 5
Biggest winning margin Royal 48-04 (2011), Royal 40 -00 (2007)
1 Between 1973 and 1980 the regatta was not held due to dispute between the two schools and in 2006 the regatta was not held.
Royal-Thomian Boat Race
Timeline 19621 – present
Current champion S. Thomas' College
Most successful S. Thomas' 25
Royal 19
Most consecutive wins S. Thomas' 4 wins

The event generally known as Royal Thomian Regatta or The Regatta is the annual rowing race between Royal College, Colombo and S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia having begun in 1962 as the Royal Thomian Boat Race that evolved into a regatta in 1966 and now is made up of 8 events.

The races are rowed over a distance of 1000 yards and take place on the Beira Lake in Colombo. The regatta takes place in the month of October and is usually held on the last Saturday of the month at the Colombo Rowing Club. The Royal Thomian Regatta is the oldest inter-school rowing regatta in Sri Lanka, with Royal the first school to take up school rowing in the country.

The Boat Race is still regarded as the most prestigious race. The Boat Race is rowed for the Royal Thomian Boat Race Trophy (Also known in the rowing fraternity as the 'Crossed Oars'). The overall winner of the Regatta is awarded the T. Noel Fernando Memorial Trophy.

Having begun in 1962 'The Regatta' is the 3rd oldest sporting encounter between Royal College and S. Thomas' College, after the Battle of the Blues Cricket Encounter and Rugby Encounter.

History[edit]

Boat Race 2003 close to the finish line S. Thomas'(nearside) win by 1/2 foot.

Royal College first began rowing in 1953 as the first school in Ceylon to do so, the first Captain was Alavi Mohomed. S. Thomas' College began rowing a few years later.

In the years to follow the idea of a race between the two schools was agreed upon and in 1962 the 1st Boat Race was held on the Beira Lake and the Royalist's led by L.A.W. Sirisena beat the Thomians led by C.N. Sirimanne by 1 boat length and were the first holders of the Boat Race Trophy. S. Thomas won their first Boat Race in 1964 beating Royal by 3 lengths.

In 1966, the 1st Royal Thomian Regatta was held with a line-up of 6 events. Coxed Fours, Coxed Pairs, Single Sculls in two categories Senior and Junior.

Between 1973 and 1979 the regatta was not held due to a dispute between the two schools. The series was revived in 1980 and continues to the present except in 2006 when the regatta was not held.

In 2007 the Royal College led by Maalik Aziz created history by winning all races and winning the Overall Trophy with a margin of 40 points to nil. Royal College created new record timings for most events including lowering the Boat Race Trophy record by 8 secs to 3 mins 11 secs.[1]

In 2008, history was written yet again although in a different manner with every record being broken as a result of tough competition on either side. Though S'Thomas College led by Manil Salgadoe and Devaan Hallock made most of the records including the Boat race(3.06), Royal college too managed to scrape in two records to stay in the count(Junior coxed Fours, Junior 'B' Coxed Fours).

In 2011, the Royal College Rowing Team led by skipper Chirath Karunanayake added a few more records into the books. Among the records set were; a) The biggest winning margin Royal 48-04 (2011)(Previously held by Royal 40 -00 in 2007) b) A new overall course record AND the first ever sub-three minute race, for the Senior Four - 2:55 (Crew consisting of Chirath Karunanayake (B), Ajmal Sideek (2), Jehan Smarasekera (3), Sanjiva Jayasuriya (S) and Coxed by Pasan Ranaweera) c) Junior Four - 3:03 d) Senior Pair - 3:12 e) Senior Sculls - 3:28 f) Junior Sculls - 3:29

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Race Format[edit]

All Races are rowed over the distance of 1000 yards.

Each event has specific number of points allotted towards it the aggregate points is equal 40 points (up to 2008), the winner of the each event/race receives these points and at the end of the regatta the school with the highest aggregate of points will be declared the Overall Winner and be the holders of the T. Noel Fernando Trophy.

Event Notation Points Trophy
Boat Race A4+ 12 Royal Thomian Boat Race Trophy
Senior Coxless Pairs A2- 8 Freddie Ruax Trophy
Senior Double Sculls A2x 8 Inaugural Trophy (Sirisena-Sirimanne Trophy)
Senior Single Sculls A1x 6 Senior Sculls Challenge Trophy
Junior Coxed Fours B4+ 8 Eraj Wijesinghe Trophy
Junior Coxless Pairs B2- 4 Chula Samarasinghe Challenge Trophy
Junior Double Sculls B2x 4 Revival Trophy (Phillps- Mohdeen Trophy)
Junior Single Sculls B1x 2 Ajith Goonawardena Challenge Trophy

In 1999, The Junior 'B' Coxed Fours was introduced but the event carries no points.

Junior 'B' Coxed Fours C4+ None Percy Fernando Trophy

In 2008, Senior and Junior Double Sculls will be introduced as exhibition events. In 2009 Senior and Junior Double Sculls were awarded 8 and 4 points respectively, with inclusion of the two doubles sculls the overall regatta will be worth 52 points.

Records[edit]

Boat Race[edit]

School Wins
Royal 19
S. Thomas 25


Year Winner Time Royal Wins S. Thomas' Wins Boat and Class Overall Winner
1962 Royal 3:35 1 0 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1963 Royal 4:04.5 2 0 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1964 S. Thomas 3:45.5 2 1 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1965 S. Thomas 3:55.8 2 2 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden S. Thomas
1966 S. Thomas 3:55 2 3 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1967 S. Thomas 3:55 2 4 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1968 Royal 3:47 3 4 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1969 Royal 3:56.5 4 4 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1970 Royal 3:48.8 5 4 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1971 S. Thomas 3:52.5 5 5 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden S. Thomas
1972 Royal 3:47 6 5 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1973–1979 Regatta not held
1980 S. Thomas 6 6 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1981 Royal 3:49 7 6 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1982 Royal 3:47 8 6 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1983 S. Thomas 3:40 8 7 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1984 S. Thomas 3:47 8 8 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1985 Royal 3:40 9 8 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1986 S. Thomas 3:29 9 9 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1987 Royal 3:38 10 9 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1988 Royal 3:40 11 9 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1989 S. Thomas 3:58 11 10 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1990 Royal 3:37 12 10 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1991 S. Thomas 3:37 12 11 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1992 Royal 3:?? 13 11 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1993 Royal 3:35.4 14 11 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1994 S. Thomas 3:42 14 12 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1995 S. Thomas 3:38 14 13 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1996 S. Thomas 3:38 14 14 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden
1997 S. Thomas 3:32 14 15 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden S. Thomas
1998 Royal 3:39 15 15 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1999 S. Thomas 3:21 15 16 Empacher Fours/Racing-Wooden S. Thomas
2000 Royal 3:20 16 16 Empacher Fours/Racing-Wooden S. Thomas
2001 Royal 3:22 17 16 Empacher Fours/Racing-Wooden S. Thomas
October 26, 2002 S. Thomas 3:21 17 17 Empacher Fours/Racing-Wooden S. Thomas
October 25, 2003 S. Thomas 3:26 17 18 Empacher Fours/Racing-Wooden Tie
October 30, 2004 S. Thomas 3:20 17 19 Empacher Fours/Racing-Wooden S. Thomas
October 29, 2005 S. Thomas 3:19 17 20 Empacher Fours/Racing-Wooden Tie
2006 Regatta not held
October 27, 2007 Royal 3:11 18 20 Club Racers/Racing-Fiberglass Royal
October 25, 2008 S. Thomas 3:06 18 21 Club Racers/Racing-Fiberglass S. Thomas
October 24, 2009 S. Thomas 3:02 18 22 Club Racers/Racing-Fiberglass S. Thomas
October 23, 2010 S. Thomas 3:07 18 23 Club Racers/Racing-Fiberglass Royal
October 22, 2011 Royal 2:55* 19 23 International/Racing-Fiberglass Royal
October 27, 2012 S. Thomas 3:04 19 24 International/Racing-Fiberglass S. Thomas
October 26, 2013 S. Thomas 3:04 19 25 International/Racing-Fiberglass S. Thomas
Typical crowd at the Colombo Rowing Club during the Royal Thomian Regatta
Event Trophy Royal College S' Thomas' College Tie
Boat Race Boat Race Trophy 19 25
Junior Fours Eraj Wijesinghe Trophy 17 16
Senior Pairs Freddie Raux Trophy 17 10
Senior Sculls Senior Sculls Challenge Trophy 08 14 01
Junior Pairs Chula Samarasinghe Challenge Trophy 11 06
Junior Sculls Ajith Goonawardena Challenge Trophy 07 09
Senior Double Sculls Inaugural Trophy(Sirisena-Sirimanne Trophy) 02 03
Junior Double Sculls Revival Trophy (Mohdeen-Phillips Trophy) 03 02
Junior B Fours Percy Fernando Memorial Trophy 07 05
Royal (nearside) winning Junior Pairs 2007 with new record time.

Most Outstanding Oarsman of the Regatta[edit]

The Oarsman with highest individual aggregate of points at the end of the regatta is awarded the Most Outstanding Oarsman of the Regatta Trophy.

Previous Winners

  • 2001 Talal Shums (RC) -14 points (A4+,B1x)
  • 2002 Tharindu Gunesekara (STC) -20 Points (A4+,A2+)
  • 2003 Isuru Perera (STC) -18 Points (A4+,A1x)
  • 2004 Isuru Perera (STC) -18 Points (A4+,A1x)
  • 2005 Maalik Aziz (RC) -16 Points (B4+,A2-)
  • 2007 Maalik Aziz (RC)(A4+,B2-,A1x) / Dinouk J. Perera (RC) -22 Points (A4+,A2-,B1x)
  • 2008 Devaan Hallock(STC) -22 Points (A4+,A2-,B1x)
  • 2009 Sajeev De Silva(STC) -30 Points (A4+,B2-,A2x,A1x)
  • 2010 Sajeev De Silva(STC) -18 Points (A4+,A1x)
  • 2011 Chirath Karunanayake (RC) -26 Points (A4+,A2x,A1x)
  • 2012 Ming-Hua Chang/Ramith Nanayakkara (STC)- 20 points (A4+,A2x)
  • 2013 Sandesh Bartlett (STC) - 26 points (A1x,A2x,A4+)

Statistics[edit]

Record Times[1][3]
Event Best Time
Royal
Year Best Time
S. Thomas'
Year Record holding Crew School
Boat Race 2:55* 2011 3.02 2009 Chirath Karunanayake(B)Ajmal Sideek(2)Jehan Samarasekara(3)Sanjiva Jayasuriya(S)Pasan Ranaweera(Cox) Royal
Junior Fours 3.03* 2011 3.14 2011 Arith Cooray(B)Ishan Perera(2)Sahan Warnasooriya(3)Dulaj Rajaguru(S)Dhanushka Perera(Cox) Royal
Senior Pairs 3.12* 2011 3.14 2011 Sahan Warnasooriya(B)Sanjiva Jayasuriya(S) Royal
Senior Sculls 3.28' 2011 3.23* 2013 Sandesh Bartlett S. Thomas
Senior Double Sculls 3.12 2009 3.09* 2009 Ruven Weerasinghe(B)Sajeev De Silva(S) S. Thomas
Junior Pairs 3.19 2011 3.18* 2013 Ramith Nanayakkara(B)Ming-Hua Chang(S) S. Thomas
Junior Sculls 3.29 2011 3.28* 2013 Vishan Gunatilleke S. Thomas
Junior Double Sculls 3.11* 2013 3.18 2011/2013 Bilal Hassan(B)Dulaj Rajaguru(S) Royal
Junior B Fours 3.14 2011 3.13* 2011 Chevith Abeywardena(B)Hunaid Munshif(2)Mushahid Hussain(3)Dimuthu Ferdinando(S)Amrith Peiris(Cox) S. Thomas

* denotes series record

Won 3 or more Boat Races

S. Thomas'

  • C H L Sirimanne 1965,1966,1967
  • I Perera 2002,2003,2004
  • D De Zoysa 2002,2003,2004
  • D Aluwihare 2003,2004,2005

Royal

  • E R Perera 1968,1969,1970
  • P P Fernando 1969,1970,1972
  • N Samarawickrama 1985,1987,1988

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Royal rowers make a clean sweep Sunday Observer 28 October 2008
  2. ^ [1] Retribution hurtles out of the skies on Royal
  3. ^ 34th Annual Royal Thomian Regatta Souvenir

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