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90 Years Ago, a HRR Triple-Win for Jumbo Edwards, By Gavin Jamieson

Ninety years ago, Jumbo Edwards took a triple-victory at Henley, winning the Grand, Stewards' and Goblets – something that has never been repeated, Gavin Jamieson writes.
13 Aug 2021
Written by Olivia Tan
Alumni
1931 Henley Royal Regatta: Jumbo Edwards receiving the Silver Goblets from the Duchess of York.
1931 Henley Royal Regatta: Jumbo Edwards receiving the Silver Goblets from the Duchess of York.

Ninety years ago, Jumbo Edwards took a triple-victory at Henley, winning the Grand, Stewards’ and Goblets – something that has never been repeated, Gavin Jamieson writes.

On the afternoon of 4 of July 1931, Hugh ‘Jumbo’ Edwards climbed the steps at Henley Royal Regatta to accept the Silver Goblets from the Duchess of York. The Duchess greeted the weary victorious rower with an amused, “Fancy seeing you again”.

This year’s Henley Regatta marks the 90th anniversary of a truly remarkable day. On that rainy and blustery Saturday in July 1931, Edwards achieved a feat that has never been matched since – he was victorious in three major finals.

This was not unique. In 1907, Claude Taylor was the first oarsman to win the Stewards, Grand and Goblets and many thought that this monumental effort would never be repeated. That it should be achieved by Jumbo Edwards, a man who had collapsed in the Boat Race of 1926 and had been told never to row again, was equally astounding.

Click here to read full article on Hear the Boat Sing website.

Gavin Jamieson is married to Melissa, granddaughter of Jumbo Edwards, and is working on a biography about the great oarsman.

If you do have any recollections of Hugh 'Jumbo' Edwards, or would like to express an interest in purchasing the book, please contact Gavin Jamieson by emailing gmbjamieson@gmail.com.

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