IN difficult crosswind gusts that eventually led to the abandonment of the Wallingford regatta, Upper Thames
IN difficult crosswind gusts that eventually led to the abandonment of the Wallingford regatta, Upper Thames won two events at Dorney Lake last weekend.
The coxed four of Lucas King, Pete Holloway, Luke Wiggins and Rob Leach, coxed by Bea Searle, won their heat comfortably and went on to beat Tideway Scullers and London Rowing Club in the final.
The women’s double scull of Pippa Birch and Alice White — previous winners of the Diamond Jubilee Cup at Henley Royal Regatta — also won their event, beating nearest rivals London Rowing Club by four seconds.
Phyllis Barter gave a notable performance in the women’s single sculls, beating two scullers in her heat despite being just 15 years old. The two elite coxless fours came through their heats, the A crew winning theirs with something to spare, but by the time of the final the organising committee had decided it was impossible to continue with the regatta due to considerable difficulties in lining crews up at the start.
The strong wind led to crews being unable to attach to the start pontoon and, once an hour backlog developed, the decision was taken to call the event off.
The eight were awarded third place based on their time in the qualifying heat.
Upper Thames picked up two wins at the Marlow Spring Regatta on Monday. The successful crews triumphed in the masters E coxed four and a masters H double scull.