Stewards' Challenge Cup

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The Stewards' Challenge Cup is a rowing event for men's coxless fours at the annual Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames in England. It is open to male crews from all eligible rowing clubs. Two or more clubs may combine to make an entry.

The event was established in 1841. [1] [2] It was originally for coxed four crews. In 1868 Walter Bradford Woodgate arranged for his Brasenose cox to jump overboard at the start of the race to lighten his boat. While the unwanted cox narrowly escaped strangulation by the water lilies, Woodgate and his home-made steering device triumphed by 100 yards and were promptly disqualified.[3] Whatever passing fame the hapless cox gained on the Henley reach in 1868 was eventually eclipsed by his accomplishments in later life when he, Frederic Edward Weatherly, wrote and published the Irish ballad "Danny Boy".

A special prize for four-oared crews without coxswains was offered at the regatta in 1869 when it was won by the Oxford Radleian Club. When Stewards’ became a coxless race in 1873, Woodgate “won his moral victory,” the Rowing Almanack later recalled. “Nothing but defeating a railway in an action at law could have given him so much pleasure.”[4]

Winners[edit]

Steward's Challenge Cup - Coxed Four
Year Winners Crew Margin Runners-up
1841 The Midge, Oxford Club, London D. Stuart, J. J. Rogers, P. L. Powys, S. E. Maberley (stroke), Mackintosh (cox) 10: few s. 1L Cambridge Subscription Rooms, London
1842 The Midge, Oxford Club, London D. Stuart, T. J. Pocock, P. L. Powys, S. E. Maberley (stroke), H. Churchill (cox) 9:16 E Dreadnought Club, Henley
1843 St George's Club, London G. Jeffreys, J. Hodding, G. Collier, T. B. Bumpstead (stroke), A. Johnson (cox) 10m:15 2L The Midge, Oxford Club, London
1844 Oxford University Boat Club W. Chetwynd-Stapylton, W. J. Dry, F. M. Wilson, F. E. Tuke (stroke), G. B. Lewis (cox) 9:16 1¼L St George's Club, London
1845 Oxford University Boat Club W. Chetwynd-Stapylton, W. H. Milman, J. W. Conant, F. M. Wilson (stroke), G. B. Lewis (cox) 8:25 awarded St George's Club, London
1846 Oxford University Boat Club W. Chetwynd-Stapylton, F. M. Wilson, J. W. Conant, W. H. Milman (stroke), M. Haggard (cox) NTT E Guy's Club, London
1847 Christ Church, Oxford A. Milman, M. Haggard, E. C. Burton, W. H. Milman (stroke), H. W. P. Richards (cox) row over
1848 Christ Church, Oxford A. Milman, M. Haggard, E. C. Burton, W. H. Milman (stroke), R. W. Cotton (cox) row over
1849 Leander Club W. Bovill, M. Shearman, T. H. Fellows, E. C. Wolstenholme (st.), P. Colquhoun (cox) NTT E Second Trinity Boat Club, Cambridge
1850 Oxford University Boat Club J. J. Hornby, J. Aitken, C. H. Steward, J. W. Chitty (stroke), W. G. Rich (cox) row over
1851 Cambridge University Boat Club A. S. Page, W. S. Longmore, H. E. Tuckey, F. W. Johnson (stroke), C. H. Crosse (cox) 8:54 4L Brasenose College, Oxford
1852 Oxford University Boat Club R. Greenhall, H. R. Barker, P. H. Nind, W. O. Meade-King(stroke), F. Balguy (cox) NTT 2-3L Argonaut Club, London
1853 Oxford University Boat Club K. Prescot, P. H. Nind, W. O. Meade-King, J. W. Chitty (stroke), G. Fetch (cox) 8:57 3-4L Argonaut Club, London
1854 Pembroke College, Oxford G. O. Clarke, C. F. Cadiz, T. A. Hooper, H. R. Hayward (stroke), W. Fursdon (cox) 9:38 Lady Margaret Boat Club, Cambridge
1855 Royal Chester Rowing Club P. Maudsley, E. B. Gibson, E. Dixon, J. B. Littledale (stroke), H. Roberts (cox) E Lady Margaret Boat Club, Cambridge
1856 Argonaut Club J. Nottidge, A. A. Casamajor, J. Paine, H. H. Playford (stroke), F. Levien (cox) row over
1857 London Rowing Club A. A. Casamajor, J. Nottidge, J. Paine, H. H. Playford (stroke ), H. Weston (cox) 8:25 4L Lady Margaret Boat Club, Cambridge
1858 London Rowing Club A. A. Casamajor, W Farrer, J. Paine, H. H. Playford (stroke ), H. Weston (cox) row over
1859 Third Trinity, Cambridge R. Beaumont, H. H. Collings, J. P. Ingham, F. W. Holland (stroke), T. K. Gaskell (cox) 8:25 2ft London Rowing Club
1860 First Trinity, Cambridge S. Heathcote, G. Cox, D. Ingles, N. Royds (stroke), J. T. Morland (cox) 9:26 E London Rowing Club
1861 First Trinity, Cambridge H. S. Wright, W. C. Smyly, B. P. Gregson, G. H. Richards (stroke), J. C. Carter (cox) 9:35 2L London Rowing Club
1862 Brasenose College, Oxford W. C. Harris, R. Shepherd, W. Champneys, W. B. Woodgate (stroke), C. J. Parkin (cox) 8:40 2L Third Trinity, Cambridge
1863 University College, Oxford J. E. Parker, A. E. Seymour, F. H. Kelly, J. H. Forster (stroke), W. Glaister (cox) 8:24 1L Brasenose College, Oxford
1864 London Rowing Club J. C. F. May, H. N. Custance, G. Ryan, F. Fenner (stroke), E. Weston (cox) 8:45 1¾L University College, Oxford
1865 Third Trinity, Cambridge J. R. Selwyn, J. G. Chambers, R. A. Kinglake, W. R. Griffiths (stroke), F. Walton (cox) 8:13 ⅔L London Rowing Club
1866 University College, Oxford W. P. Bowman, W. W. Wood, A. Brassey, A. H. Hall (stroke), W. H. Lipscombe (cox) 9:28 4L Kingston Rowing Club
1867 University College, Oxford W. P. Bowman, W. W. Wood, J. C. Tinne, A. H. Hall (stroke), W. H. Lipscombe (cox) 8:45 1L Oxford Radleian
1868 London Rowing Club S. Le B. Smith, F. S. Gulston, A. De L. Long, W. Stout (stroke), V. Weston (cox) 8:22 4L University College, Oxford
1869 London Rowing Club G. Ryan, F. S. Gulston, A. De L. Long, W. Stout (stroke), V. Weston (cox) 8:36 2L Oxford Radleian
1870 Oxford Etonian R. W. B. Mirehouse, A. C. Yarborough, J. C. Tinne, W. D. Benson (stroke), E. E. Grubbe (cox) 8:05 2/3 L London Rowing Club
1871 London Rowing Club C. E. Routh, G. Ryan, A. De L. Long, F. S. Gulston (stroke), V. Weston (cox) 9:09 1L Kingston Rowing Club
1872 London Rowing Club S. Le B. Smith, John B. Close, A. De L. Long, F. S. Gulston (stroke), V. Weston (cox) 9:21 sev L Kingston Rowing Club


Steward's Challenge Cup - Coxless Four
Year Winners Crew Margin Runners-up
1873 London Rowing Club James B. Close, F. S. Gulston, A. DeL Long, John B. Close, (st) 8:23 3L. Kingston Rowing Club
1874 London Rowing Club S. Le B. Smith, F.L Playford, A. DeL Long, F. S. Gulston (stroke) 9:00 3L Thames Rowing Club
1875 London Rowing Club S. Le B. Smith, F.L Playford, A. DeL Long, F. S. Gulston (stroke) 7:56 2½L Leander Club
1876 London Rowing Club C. H. Warren, F. S. Gulston, S. Le B. Smith, F.L Playford (stroke) 8:27 sev L Thames Rowing Club
1877 London Rowing Club S. Le B. Smith, F. S. Gulston, A. DeL Long, F.L Playford (stroke) 9:7 2-3L Thames Rowing Club
1878 London Rowing Club S. Le B. Smith, F. S. Gulston, A. Trower, F.L Playford (stroke) 8:37 paddled Monroe, Shoe-wae-cae-mette Boat Club, USA
1879 Jesus College, Cambridge G. M. Edmonds, C. Gurdon, T. E. Hockin, E. H. Prest (stroke) 9:37 2L Lady Margaret Boat Club, Cambridge
1880 Thames Rowing Club W. H. Eyre, J. Hastie, D. E. Brown, F. Canton (stroke) 7:58 3L Molesey Boat Club
1881 Hertford College, Oxford G. Q. Roberts, E. Buck, D. E. Brown, J. Lowndes (stroke) 8:15 paddled Thames Rowing Club
1882 Hertford College, Oxford G. Q. Roberts, E. Buck, D. E. Brown, J. Lowndes (stroke) E Thames Rowing Club
1883 Thames Rowing Club H. B. Tween, J. Hastie, H. J. Rust, J. A. Drake-Smith (stroke) London Rowing Club
1884 Kingston Rowing Club F. H. Cobb, H. A. Harvey, H. S. Till, R. H. Cobb (stroke) Dsq Twickenham Rowing Club
1885 Trinity Hall, Cambridge W. K. Hardacre, S. Swann, R. H. Coke, C. J. Bristowe (stroke) 7:53 paddled Jesus College, Cambridge
1886 Thames Rowing Club B. W. Looker, A. S. Hutchinson, S. Fairbairn, J. A. Drake-Smith (stroke) 7:39 1L Trinity Hall, Cambridge
1887 Trinity Hall, Cambridge R. McKenna, S. Swann, P. Landale, C. J. Bristowe (stroke) 7:53 E Leander Club
1888 Trinity Hall, Cambridge F. H. Maugham, C. B. P. Bell, P. Landale,L Hannen (stroke) 8:25 Stopped Brasenose College, Oxford
1889 Thames Rowing Club C. W. Hughes, A. :Hutchinson, F. E. C. Clark, B. W. Looker (stroke) 7:53 E Third Trinity, Cambridge
1890 Brasenose College, Oxford W. F. C. Holland, J. A. Ford, F. Wilkinson, C. W. Kent (stroke) 7:37 ¾L Thames Rowing Club
1891 Thames Rowing Club B. W. Looker, P. Landale, F. E. C. Clark, J. C. Gardner (stroke) 7:45 1¼L Trinity Hall, Cambridge
1892 Royal Chester Rowing Club S. G. Cox, A. Fairrie, R. E. R. Brockelbank, H. Fairrie (stroke) 8:38 ¼L Thames Rowing Club
1893 Magdalen College, Oxford H. B. Cotton, W. S. Poole, V. Nickalls, G. Nickalls (stroke) 7:45 ¾L Thames Rowing Club
1894 Thames Rowing Club G. H. McHenry, W. Broughton, S. D. Muttlebury, J. C. Gardner (stroke) 8:20 2½ New College, Oxford
1895 London Rowing Club A. S. Little, H. W. Stout, V. Nickalls, G. Nickalls (stroke) 7:43 1¼L Thames Rowing Club
1896 London Rowing Club W. B. Richards, H. W. Stout, V. Nickalls, G. Nickalls (stroke) 8:42 1L Thames Rowing Club
1897 Leander Club C. W N Graham, J. A. Ford, H. Willis, G. Nickalls (stroke) 7:30 2L New College, Oxford
1898 Leander Club C. J, D, Goldie, H. Willis, C. D. Burnell, H. G. Gold (stroke) 7:42 1¼4L New College, Oxford
1899 Magdalen College, Oxford S. C. Thornhill, R. Carr, C. D. Burnell, H. G. Gold (stroke) 7:51 5L Favorite Hammonia RC, Hamburg, Germany
1900 Leander Club R. O. Pitman, F. W. Warre, C. D. Burnell, J. E. Payne (stroke) 7:55 1¼L Trinity College, Cambridge
1901 Third Trinity, Cambridge W. H. Watney, R. H. Nelson, W. Dudley Ward, C. W. H. Taylor (stroke) 7:54 E Leander Club
1902 Third Trinity, Cambridge W. H. Chapman, P. H. Thomas, W. Dudley Ward, C. W. H. Taylor (stroke) 7:45 E Leander Club
1903 Third Trinity, Cambridge W. H. Chapman, P. H. Thomas, W. Dudley Ward, R. H. Nelson (stroke) 8:5 1¾L Royal Netherlands Rowing and Sailing Club
1904 Third Trinity, Cambridge W. H. Chapman, C. W. H. Taylor, P. H. Thomas, R. H. Nelson (stroke) 7:30 1½L Winnipeg Rowing Club, Canada
1905 Leander Club H. A. Steward, R. B. Etherington-Smith, F. J. Escombe, G. Nickalls (stroke) 8:26 paddled Third Trinity, Cambridge
1906 Leander Club A. K. Graham, F. S. Kelly, R. B. Etherington-Smith, G. Nickalls (stroke) 7:36 2ft Third Trinity, Cambridge
1907 Magdalen College, Oxford Hon. R. P. Stanhope, E. H.L Southwell, A. G. Kirby, G. Nickalls (stroke) 8:42 3L Leander Club
1908 Magdalen College, Oxford Collier Cudmore, James Angus Gillan, Duncan Mackinnon, John Somers-Smith (stroke) 7:40 1½L London Rowing Club
1909 Thames Rowing Club J. Beresford, K Vernon, C G Rought, B Logan (stroke) 7:38 1½L Magdalen College, Oxford
1910 Winnipeg Rowing Club, Canada F. F. Carruthers, C. E. Allen, G. B. Aldous, C. S. Riley (stroke) 7:52 E Mainzer Ruder-Verein, Germany
1911 Thames Rowing Club J. Beresford, K Vernon, C G Rought, B Logan (stroke) 7:35 1¼L Trinity Hall, Cambridge
1912 New College, Oxford F A H Pitman, A F R Wiggins, C W B Littlejohn, R C Bourne (stroke) 7:36 2¼L Thames Rowing Club
1913 New College, Oxford F A H Pitman, A F R Wiggins, C W B Littlejohn, R C Bourne (stroke) Dsq Mainzer Ruder-Verein, Germany
1914 Leander Club A. A. Swann, G. L. Thomson, C. E. V. Buxton, R C Bourne (stroke) 7:52 alone(stopped) Mainzer Ruder-Verien, Germany
1920 Magdalen College, Oxford 8:03 E Thames Rowing Club
1921 Magdalen College, Oxford 7:32 3L Leander Club
1922 Eton Vikings Club Charles Eley, James MacNabb, Robert Morrison, Terence Sanders 8:25 E Grasshopper Club Zürich, Switzerland
1923 Third Trinity, Cambridge Charles Eley, James MacNabb, Robert Morrison, Terence Sanders 7:30 E Magdalen College, Oxford
1924 Third Trinity, Cambridge Charles Eley, James MacNabb, Robert Morrison, Terence Sanders 8:37 3L Leander Club
1925 Third Trinity, Cambridge 7:27 2L Leander Club
1926 Thames Rowing Club 7:34 E Leander Club
1927 Thames Rowing Club 8:01 2L Leander Club
1928 Thames Rowing Club 7:43 2 ft London Rowing Club
1929 First Trinity, Cambridge 7:32 1L London Rowing Club
1930 London Rowing Club 7:34 1½L Leander Club
1931 London Rowing Club 8:45 3L Sociata Canottieri Vittorino Da Feltre Di Piacenza
1932 Thames Rowing Club John Badcock, Jack Beresford, Hugh Edwards, Rowland George 8:09 2L Berliner Ruder Club, Germany
1933 Pembroke College, Cambridge 8:16 1¾L London Rowing Club
1934 Pembroke College, Cambridge 7:24 alone(crab) London Rowing Club
1935 Zurich Rowing Club, Switzerland 7:14 3L London Rowing Club
1936 Zurich Rowing Club, Switzerland 7:50 2L Leander Club
1937 Leander Club 8:32 1L Thames Rowing Club
1938 Leander Club 7:33 E(hit booms) Trinity College, Oxford
1939 Zurich Rowing Club, Switzerland 8:09 4L Oriel College, Oxford
1946 Leander Club 7:48 2½L Oriel College, Oxford
1947 Thames Rowing Club 8:04 E London Rowing Club
1948 Thames Rowing Club 7:48 4L Isis and Granta Clubs
1949 Trinity College, Oxford 7:13 3L London Rowing Club
1950 Hellerup Roklubb, Denmark 8:03 4L Leander Club
1951 Thames Rowing Club 7:53 1½L Leander Club
1952 Thames Rowing Club 7:24 2L London Rowing Club
1953 Leander Club 7:25 ¾L First and Third Trinity Boat Club, Cambridge
1954 Club Krylia Sovetov, USSR 8:26 1¼L Royal Air Force
1955 Club Krylia Sovetov, USSR 7:40 3L Leander Club
1956 Thames Rowing Club 8:6s. 3½L London Rowing Club
1957 Club Krylia Sovetov, USSR 7:35 E London Rowing Club
1958 Barn Cottage Boat Club 7:16 ½L National Provincial Bank Rowing Club
1959 St Edmund Hall Boat Club
Lincoln College, Oxford
7:39 E GS Moto Guzzi, Italy
1960 Barn Cottage Boat Club 7:10 4L St Edmund Hall Boat Club
Lincoln College, Oxford
1961 Trud Club, Lenningrad, USSR 7:23 2L Thames Rowing Club
1962 Trud Club, Leningrad, USSR 7:23 1½L Amsterdamsche Studenten-Nereus, Holland
1963 Molesey Boat Club 7:16 ⅔L Thames Rowing Club
1964 Tideway Scullers' School 7:11 E Leander Club
1965 Quintin Boat Club 6:55 E Nautilus Club
1966 Roforeningen Kvik, Denmark 7:17 1L Derby Rowing Club
1967 SG Dynamo, Potsdam, Germany 7:31 2L Amsterdamsche SR Nereus, Holland
1968 Nautilus Club (Midlands) 8:53 4L London Rowing Club
1969 ASR Nereus, Holland 7:06 E Nottingham & Union Boat Club
1970 SG Dynamo, Potsdam, GDR 7:22 3L London Rowing Club
1971 Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club 7:12 1L Cambridge University Boat Club
1972 Spartak, Moscow, USSR NTT Dsq University of British Columbia, Canada
1973 University of London Boat Club 7:03 ½L Potomac Boat Club, USA
1974 Dynamo Club, USSR 7:12 E Leander Club
Tideway Scullers
1975 Potomac Boat Club, USA 6:50 2+1/3L Lady Margaret Boat Club, Cambridge
1976 University of British Columbia, Canada 7:10s. 1/3 l. Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club
1977 London Rowing Club 7:24 row over
1978 Trakia Club, Bulgaria NTT RO London Rowing Club withdrew
1979 London Rowing Club 7:19 E Oxford University Boat Club
1980 Charles River RA
Dartmouth College, USA
D. Sayner, B. Epke, J. Terwilliger, T. Hull (stroke) 7:04 2L Avon Rowing Club
Petone Rowing Club, New Zealand
1981 London Rowing Club
Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club
7:48 E Vesper Boat Club, USA
1982 RC Schaffhausen
RC Thalwill, Switzerland
7:10 3⅔L University of London Tyrian Club
1983 RC Schaffhauser
RC Thalwil, Switzerland
7:02 E Cambridge University Boat Club
1984 Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association
Tyne RC
6:57 canvas University of London Boat Club
University of London Tyrian Club
1985 University of London Tyrian Club 7:08 3L Bagsvaerd Roklub, Denmark
1986 Ridley Boat Club, Canada 6:41 ½L University of London Tyrian Club
1987 Dinamo Moscow, USSR 6:40 1L University of London Tyrian Club
1988 Leander Club 6:44 E Pennsylvania Athletic Club, USA
1989 University of London Boat Club
Oxford University Boat Club
6:28 ⅔L Nautilus Rowing Club
1990 Star Club
Leander Club 'A'
7:16 4¾L Star Club
Leander Club 'B'
1991 Leander Club
Molesey Boat Club
1992 Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association 6:36 1L Malmo Ruddklubb
Brudpiga Ruddklubb, Sweden
1993 Leander Club
University of London Boat Club
6:44 ⅔L RC Hansa Dortmund, Germany
1994 EN Boulogne
AUN Lyon, France
6:44 1½L London Rowing Club
1995 Cambridge University Boat Club
CARC "Mladost"
6:31 2¼L College Boat Club, Philadelphia, USA
1996 Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association
London Rowing Club
6:44 4L Goldie Boat Club
1997 Leander Club
Oxford University Boat Club
6:47 2½L Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association
1998 Leander Club 6:41 ¾L Danmarks Rocenter, Denmark
1999 Leander Club
Queen's Tower Boat Club
6:51 1L Danmarks Rocenter, Denmark
2000 Leander Club 6:50 ⅔L Univ. Technology, Sydney, Haberfield RC, Australia
2001 Leander Club
Queen's Tower
6:50 4L George Rowing Center, Canada
2002 Danmarks Rocenter, Denmark H T Kristensen, S Madsen, T Ebert, E B Ebberson 7:01 1¼L Gorge Rowing Center, Canada
2003 Victoria City Rowing Club, Canada C W Baerg, T A Herschmiller, J A Wetzel, B G Williams 6:33 ⅔L Gorge Rowing Center, Canada
2004 Leander Club
Imperial College Boat Club
J Cracknell, S D Williams, E R Coode, M C Pinsent 6:46 3L Melbourne University
University of Queensland
2005 Leander Club
Oxford University Boat Club
S D Williams, P K Reed, A M Partridge, A Triggs Hodge 6:57 E Victoria City Rowing Club, Canada
2006 Hollandia Roeiclub, Holland 6:43 row over
2007 Leander Club
Molesey Boat Club
7:14 2¼L Brentwood College
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
2008 Cambridge University Boat Club 7:09 3½L O.E.A. & N.A.V, Volos
N.C. Thessaloniki, Greece
2009 Leander Club
Reading University Boat Club
7:05 3½L Waiariki R.C. New Zealand
2010 Princeton Training Center, USA 7:09 ¾L Club France, France
2011 Leander Club
Molesey Boat Club
6:19 2½L Chula Vista Training Center, U.S.A.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839-1939
  2. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1946-2009
  3. ^ H.T. Steward Henley Royal Regatta, 1903, pp. 133-34
  4. ^ The Rowing Almanack, 1921, pp. 148-49