Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Shiplake alumni quad secure gold at Maidenhead Regatta

A COMPOSITE Maidenhead/Upper Thames/Shiplake crew, made up entirely of former Shiplake College pupils, secured gold at Maidenhead regatta on Sunday.

A COMPOSITE Maidenhead/Upper Thames/Shiplake crew, made up entirely of former Shiplake College pupils, secured gold at Maidenhead regatta on Sunday.

Former pupils James Hanson, Jack Harvard Taylor, Charlie Ingham Clark and Jack Thompson triumphed in the sprint coxless quad sculls event.

The crew, which hadn’t raced together since representing Shiplake in the Fawley Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2007, came up against Ardingly in the first round of the super sprint. Following a couple of practice bursts up to the start, the first race saw the crew take a convincing lead over Ardingly before moving through to the final against Maidenhead’s junior quad.

The final was fast and furious with both crews battling to inch ahead of each other on the short, intimate course. Maidenhead led the race from the start but the composite crew threw down a burst of power in the final few strokes to triumph.

Speaking after the race Clark said: “It was an emotional day. We came here for a paddle but to all our astonishment we won!



“Shiplake prepared us well and we are forever grateful to the fantastic coaching staff at the college.”

Elsewhere a Henley Rowing Club crew of Alastair Harsant, Lucas Jones, Jeremy Sidgwick and Jiri Rasek raced in the masters quad and masters novice quad, both being handicapped races based on the average age of the crews.

In the morning division they lost the novice race by one length to an older crew from Maidenhead who had a four second head start. The Henley crew were more successful in the afternoon division, beating a crew from Marlow Rowing Club by two-and-a-half lengths with both crews starting level.

Two of the crew members have taken up rowing in the last few years going through Henley Rowing Club’s adult beginner rowing courses, with Sidwick and Jones returning to the sport after 20 and 15 year breaks, directly joining the masters squad at the club as sweep oarsmen and learning to scull this season.



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