July 2, 2005
HENLEY-ON-THAMES, England - Yale fell to Thames Rowing Club A by two-and-three-quarters lengths in the semifinals of the Remenhem Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta. Thames, which will face Durham University and Leander in Sunday's final, has members of the British National Team in its boat.
"It was a tough day," said Yale Head Coach Will Porter. "We were racing very well. Thames took the lead off the start and we had pulled even at the two minute mark. We pushed out to a half-length lead with 30 strokes to go when our boat caught a major crab on the starboard side. It was a tough way to go out because we had the race all but won. That is why we race the entire distance and why the sport is so exciting - anything can happen at anytime.
"Yale finished the race like champions and put an end to a long year with many great moments. The team showed their true character dealing with a huge disappointment. As a coach, I have never been more proud of any team. This was a great year, all the ups and downs included. Tomorrow we will cheer on the Yale lightweight men as they go for the Temple Cup Championship."
Saturday's loss brings to an end a remarkable season for Yale, which won the Ivy League and Sprints title for the first time since 1981, finished seventh at the NCAA Championship and won the Elite 8+ Sports Council Cup at the Henley Women's Regatta.