Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Djurgården Bay, Stockholm
Date Started: July 17, 1912
Date Finished: July 19, 1912
Format: 2,000 metres
The last four European Championships had been won by France, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland. The Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Regatta had been won in 1910 and 1911 by a Magdalen College (Oxford) crew. In 1909 that title had been won by the Belgian crew from the Royal Club Nautique de Gand. Unfortunately the Gand crew was not at Stockholm, nor was Magdalen College. The British were represented by the Leander Club and New College (Oxford). Canada did send a Toronto Argonauts eight, which had won the 1911 championships at the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen.
In a bad draw, Leander and the Argonauts were drawn against each other in round one, with Leander narrowly defeating the Toronto crew. Leander also survived close races against Australasia in the quarters (by less than a boat length) and Germany in the semis. On the other hand, the New College crew had a relatively easy time of it, winning the first two rounds handily against Norway and Sweden, and receiving a bye in the semi-finals.
The final was closely fought. The two boats were even for 1,000 metres, when Leander pulled ahead before the series of turns. They were never caught, eventually winning by about one length. Leander was awarded possession of the Challenge Trophy for the coxed eights event, which had been donated in 1908 by the Italian Count and IOC Member, Eugenio Brunetta d’Usseaux.
|2||New College, Oxford-2||GBR||Silver|
|3||Berliner Ruderverein von 1876-2||GER||Bronze|
|2 h1 r2/4||Roddklubben af 1912-2||SWE|
|2 h2 r2/4||Sport Borrussia, Berlin-1||GER|
|2 h3 r2/4||Sydney Rowing Club||ANZ|
|2 h1 r1/4||Société Nautique de Bayonne||FRA|
|2 h2 r1/4||Göteborgs Roddklubb-1||SWE|
|2 h3 r1/4||Hungaria Evezos Egylet||HUN|
|2 h4 r1/4||Kristiania Roklub||NOR|
|2 h5 r1/4||Toronto Argonauts||CAN|