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Henley Royal Regatta 2006: Qualifying Rounds, 23 June

"To keep the quality of rowing high and so each crew only races
once a day, each event has a limited number of places. Qualifying
is held on the Friday before the event starts. Crews race down the
course against the clock and the fastest crews qualify. Times are
released for non-qualifying crews only. This does not stop an
enthusiastic band of unofficial timers with synchronised watches
working out how fast their first round opposition might be.
"The Stewards allow half the competing crews to pre-qualify, based
on earlier performances in the season, and they will also seed some
of these so as to ensure that two strong crews do not meet early in
the competition."
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