The Australian Defence Force is proud to be participating in a re-race of the King’s Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta 2019, England. The King’s Cup race will be held 5 to 7 July and will mark the centenary of the 1919 Royal Henley Peace Regatta, conducted as part of repatriation activities undertaken at the end of the First World War. This race holds a special place in the proud history of the ADF as the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Number 1 crew won the 1919 King’s Cup.
The King’s Cup, presented to the AIF Number 1 crew in 1919 is now awarded annually to the fastest Australian State Men’s Eight crew at the Australian Rowing Championships. Participation in the 2019 Centenary of the Henley Royal Peace Regatta represents another opportunity to recognise Australia’s military and rowing history.
Other nations competing in this year’s Henley Royal Regatta King’s Cup are the original six nations that participated in the 1919 Henley Peace Regatta - Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. Australia’s operational partners in more recent conflicts - Germany and the Netherlands will round out the competitive field of eight.
In recognition of the changing face of global Defence forces since 1919, 2019 Henley Royal Regatta King’s Cup crews will be mixed gender and each Nation has the opportunity to include representatives from each branch or Service of their Defence Force, at all ranks.
For the ADF, participation in the 2019 Regatta is a Chief of the Defence Force initiative with the ADF King’s Cup Team drawn from across Navy, Army, and Air Force, including commissioned and non-commissioned personnel.
The King’s Cup will be held from 5 to 7 July 2019 at the Royal Henley Regatta in the UK. Further information about the King’s Cup and opportunities to follow and support the crews, is available at the official King’s Cup website.