Royal Thomian Regatta

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Royal-Thomian Regatta
TN Fernando Trophy.jpg
The TN Fernando Trophy. Awarded to the Overall Winner of the Regatta
SportRowing
Timeline19661 – present
Tournament formatAnnual Rowing regatta
Side by Side races
ParticipantsRoyal College
Thora-logo.jpg S. Thomas' College
Current championRoyal College (38-14) in 2018
Most successfulS. Thomas' 23
Royal 21
Tie 5
Royal-Thomian Boat Race, Royal-Thomian Regatta
Timeline19621 – present
Current championRoyal College
Most successfulS. Thomas' 26
Royal 23
Most consecutive wins4wins- STC(1994-1997/2002-2005)/Royal(2015-2018)

The Royal Thomian Regatta is the annual rowing race between traditional school rivals Royal College, Colombo and S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia. Begun in 1962 as the Royal Thomian Boat Race it later evolved into a regatta in 1966 and now compromises of 8 events. It is among the oldest and most prestigious Royal-Thomian sporting encounters.

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 being the first school to take up school rowing in the country and S.Thomas' following suit a few years later.

The Boat Race is still regarded as the most prestigious race of the regatta and is rowed for the Royal Thomian Boat Race Trophy (also known in the rowing fraternity as the 'Crossed Oars'). The trophy once possessed a metal wreath around the oars that has since been lost. 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 and was 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 following years the idea of a race between the two schools was agreed upon and in 1962 the first Boat Race was held on the Beira Lake at the Colombo Rowing Club 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. S.Thomas' continued to win the Boat Race trophy for three years after creating the largest series of successive wins that has not been beaten to the present day.

In 1966, the first Royal Thomian Regatta was held with a line-up of 6 events namely Coxed Fours, Coxed Pairs (rowed coxless in the present day), and Single Sculls in two senior and junior categories.

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 with S.Thomas' returning the favour in kind in a hard fought regatta of 32-8 resulting in every record being broken. S'Thomas' College led by Manil Salgadoe and Devaan Hallock made most of the records including the Boat race (3.06). Royal College managed to scrape in two records to stay in the count in the Junior Coxed Four (rowed for eight points ) and the exhibition Junior 'B', Four race (not rowed for points).

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) (subsequently broken in 2016 by Royal College) 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. S.Thomas' only managed to win the B double and the Junior B four, the latter of which was not raced for points.

In 2015, for the first time in the Royal Thomian history, both crews managed to clock below 3 minutes at the boat race. The crew timings were as follows: Royal College 2:56 (Praveen Hapugalle,Prathap Perera,Amrith Fernando,Sajid Ajmal,Kaveen Rajapakse) and S.Thomas' 2:57 (Senal Senevirathne,Suramba Serasinghe,Ramith Nanayakkara,Saliya Gunasekera,Wishmitha Peiris).

The highest number of trophies won so far was in 2016 by Royal College under the captaincy of Kaveen Rajapakse beating the previous record set in 2015 (48-04) with a new tally of 50-02. S.Thomas' only secured the Junior Scull race worth two points.[2]

In 2018, for the first time in Royal history, Royal managed to get their 4th consecutive win and retain both T.N.Fernando trophy and the Boat Race trophy. (this was the first time after St.Thomas's 1994-1997 where a similar record was held )

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- Moheed 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 23
S. Thomas 26


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 Royal
1989 S. Thomas 3:58 11 10 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden S. Thomas
1990 Royal 3:37 12 10 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1991 S. Thomas 3:37 12 11 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden S. Thomas
1992 Royal 3:32 13 11 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Royal
1993 Royal 3:35.4 14 11 Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden Tie
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
October 25, 2014 S. Thomas 3:03 19 26 International/Racing-Fiberglass S. Thomas
October 24, 2015 Royal 2:56* 20 26 International/Racing-Fiberglass Royal
October 22, 2016 Royal 3:08 21 26 International/Racing-Fiberglass Royal
October 28, 2017 Royal 3:12 22 26 International/Racing-Fiberglass Royal
October 27, 2018 Royal 3:07 23 26 International/Racing-Fiberglass Royal


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 23 26
Junior Fours Eraj Wijesinghe Trophy 21 16
Senior Pairs Freddie Raux Trophy 20 11
Senior Sculls Senior Sculls Challenge Trophy 10 16 01
Junior Pairs Chula Samarasinghe Challenge Trophy 15 06
Junior Sculls Ajith Goonawardena Challenge Trophy 08 12
Senior Double Sculls Inaugural Trophy(Sirisena-Sirimanne Trophy) 05 04
Junior Double Sculls Revival Trophy (Mohdeen-Phillips Trophy) 06 03
Junior B Fours Percy Fernando Memorial Trophy 10 06
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+)
  • 2014 Ramith Nanayakkara/Vishan Gunatilleka (STC) 20 points (A4+,A2x)
  • 2015 Sajid Ajmal/Praveen Hapugalla (RC) - 20 points (A4+, A2-)
  • 2016 Hashen Hettigoda(RC) - 26 points (A4+,A2×,A1x)
  • 2017 Hashen Hettigoda(RC) - 26 points (A4+,A2×,A1x)
  • 2018 Sajjad Ajmal/Abdulla Hassen(RC) - 20 points (A4+, A2-)

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 2.57 2015 Chirath Karunanayake (B)Ajmal Sideek(2)Jehan Samarasekara(3)Sanjiva Jayasuriya(S)Pasan Ranaweera(Cox) Royal
Junior Fours 3.03* 2011 3.11 2014 Arith Cooray(B)Ishan Perera(2)Sahan Warnasooriya(3)Dulaj Rajaguru(S)Dhanushka Perera(Cox) Royal
Senior Pairs 3.12* 2016 3.14 2011 Praveen Hapugalle (B) Thimesha Amarasinghe (S)(2016) 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 3.13* 2015 3.13* 2011 Lasindu Gamage(B) Hashen Weerakkody(2) Dehan Athapattu(3) Ishira Rambukwella(S) Revata Karunasundara(cox) Royal

* 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
  • A Nadaraja 2012,2013,2014
  • R Nanayakkara 2012,2013, 2014
  • K Peter 2012,2013,2014

Royal

  • E R Perera 1968,1969,1970
  • P P Fernando 1969,1970,1972
  • N Samarawickrama 1985,1987,1988
  • P Perera 2015,2016,2017

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

External links[edit]