Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Upper Thames in seventh heaven following masters regatta wins

UPPER THAMES crews secured seven trophies at the Henley Masters Regatta last Saturday while Henley Rowing

UPPER THAMES crews secured seven trophies at the Henley Masters Regatta last Saturday while Henley Rowing Club also came away with a win.

The two-day regatta saw the Upper Thames women’s crew of Naomi Ashcroft, Judith Burne, Mandy Calvert, Miriam Luke, Juliet Machan, Helen Mangan, Rebecca Sadler, Jo Willey and cox Di Yarrow win both the masters C and D eights.

Sally Pollock-Morris won the C singles by four lengths while Tim Lincoln won the I singles (age 75 to 80).

The G coxless four crew of Willy Almand, Lee Brown, Walter Scott and Paul Stuart Bennett won their event as did the H coxed four composite crew with Minerva Bath of Arnold Clark, Klaus Riekemann, Tim Lincoln, Steven Denley Hill and cox Catherine Jones.

Another Upper Thames composite crew with Strathclyde triumphed in the women’s masters C quads. The crew was made up of Gillian Connal, Amanda Hynes, Ailie Ord and Sally Pollock-Morris.

Henley Rowing Club picked up a win the masters E single sculls event. Sean Collinson blasted through the competition, seeing off Essendon Boat Club from Australia in the quarter-final then Crabtree Boat Club in the semis. The final was a closely fought battle against Stourport which Collinson won by three feet.

Rob Wilson and Mike Jennings lost out to St Andrew Boat Club while Henley’s masters women’s quad of Helen Knowles, Linda Thomas, Valerie Bennett and Helen Turnell beat off San Diego by half-a-length on Friday in a fast time of four minutes 19 seconds which took them into the semi-final on Saturday. Here they met tough competition against a TSS Walker crew where they were beaten by one-and-a-quarter length.

Elsewhere there was some close racing, with one dead-heat requiring a re-row. The Molesey Masters C eight, containing several former internationals put in the two fastest times of the regatta in their semi-final and final while the Tideway Scullers’ School won Women’s Masters C eights in similar style, again with several former internationals on board.

Worcester’s Women’s D pair caught a crab whilst leading Ardingly RC approaching the finish. They re-started, still in the lead but then hit the booms and capsized 20 metres from the line, giving the victory to Ardingly.

Olympic silver and bronze medallist Alex Partridge helped the Molesey C eight crew to success in the Molesey boat.

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