THERE will be a second Down Under assault on a very British institution when a rowing team from the northern district bids for the Prince Alfred Challenge Cup at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.
A crew from Macquarie University will be on the river with the best of British from July 2 to 6, hoping to emulate the Aussie team that has just taken top honours at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.
The local rowers, all former state schoolboys, are now in intensive training on Lane Cove River.
They will be the first Australian team to vie for the cup and also the first Macquarie U rowers to tour internationally.
It has been a long road back for University rowers, whose shed and gear were razed by arsonists two years ago…