Royal Thomian Regatta
The TN Fernando Trophy. Awarded to the Overall Winner of the Regatta
|Timeline||19661 – present|
|Tournament format||Annual Rowing regatta |
Side by Side races
S. Thomas' College
|Current champion||Royal College (38-14) in 2018|
|Most successful||S. Thomas' 23 |
|Royal-Thomian Boat Race, Royal-Thomian Regatta|
|Timeline||19621 – present|
|Current champion||Royal College|
|Most successful||S. Thomas' 26 |
|Most consecutive wins||4wins- 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.
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.
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.
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 )
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.
|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.
|Year||Winner||Time||Royal Wins||S. Thomas' Wins||Boat and Class||Overall Winner|
|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|
|1971||S. Thomas||3:52.5||5||5||Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden||S. Thomas|
|1973–1979||Regatta not held|
|1980||S. Thomas||6||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|
|1986||S. Thomas||3:29||9||9||Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden|
|1989||S. Thomas||3:58||11||10||Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden||S. Thomas|
|1991||S. Thomas||3:37||12||11||Clinker Fours/Training-Wooden||S. Thomas|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Most Outstanding Oarsman of the Regatta
The Oarsman with highest individual aggregate of points at the end of the regatta is awarded the Most Outstanding Oarsman of the Regatta Trophy.
- 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-)
|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
- 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
- E R Perera 1968,1969,1970
- P P Fernando 1969,1970,1972
- N Samarawickrama 1985,1987,1988
- P Perera 2015,2016,2017
- Royal College, Colombo
- S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia
- Royal-Thomian rivalry
- The Royal-Thomian
- Royal College Rowing Club