Monday, 11 December 2017

Upper Thames dominate at masters regatta

UPPER Thames Rowing Club took six victories at the 22nd Henley Masters Regatta.

UPPER Thames Rowing Club took six victories at the 22nd Henley Masters Regatta.

The club hosted the two day event on Friday and Saturday of last week which saw 334 entries compete in 285 races over 1,000 metres of the regatta course.

Racing started from just above Temple Island and finished at the club.

There was high quality racing on display from competitors from around the world, including several former international oarsmen and women.

The Upper Thames masters C coxless four of Nick French, Gareth Morris, Pete McConnell and Nick Horne won their final against the Munich Rowing Club.



The German crew took an early lead but Upper Thames fought back at half way to pass their opponents and go on to win by one-and-a-half lengths.

On the women’s side, the masters D eight crew of cox Di Yarrow with Miriam Luke, Juliet Machan, Louise Wymer, Naomi Ashcroft, Helen Mangan, Anna Van Leemputten, Judith Burne and Jo Wilby won their event. There were also wins for Machan and Mangan in the D double sculls while Rebecca Sadler, Louise Wymer, Judith Burne and Naomi Ashcroft triumphed in the C quadruple sculls. There was also further success for Machan and Van Leemputten in the B coxless pairs.

An Upper Thames and Henley Rowing Club composite crew won the H eights against Breda by two lengths. The crew was made up of cox Hilary Cook, Klaus Riekemann, Arnie Cooke, Tony Stokes, Tony Rose, Mike Dudley, Bill Evans, Peter Taylor and Clive Cooper.

Speaking of the event after the regatta James Lee, who sits on the race committee, said: “It went incredibly well. We were very lucky with the weather of course.

“The event has now grown in popularity and we actually closed 13 days after opening the entries back in May.”

Around 15 to 20 per cent of crews taking part were now from overseas, the biggest proportion the event has ever had.

Lee added: “The standard was pretty good so even in the early heats we had some very good racing and finals.

“The week after the royal regatta it’s just such a completely different atmosphere — it’s very relaxed and a very informal. It’s just a breath of fresh air after the excitement of the week before.”

Medals were presented to the winners by Henley MP John Howell.



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