UPPER THAMES picked up seven outright wins at the 21st Henley Masters Regatta held last Friday and Saturday over the 1,000-metre course.
Tom Carter won the A single sculls for host club Upper Thames by more than two lengths ahead of an experienced sculler from Bristol before running back to the enclosures to get in a composite quad in which he won comfortably ahead of the visitors from China.
Upper Thames women’s crews picked up three wins, two in the eights and one in double sculls.
The C crew eight of stroke Miriam Luke, Juliet Machan, Louise Wymer, Alison Pressley, Elise Cope, Anna Van Leemputten, Susan Keevil, bow Naomi Ashcroft and cox Brendan Desmond beat Mortlake Anglia and Alpha Boat Club in the semi-final by one-and-three-quarter lengths. In the final Upper Thames pulled away to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths against a Nottingham composite.
Also in the eights the club D crew of Wymer, Miriam Luke, Helen Mangan, Anna Van Leemputten, Judith Burne, Jo Wilby, Susan Keevil, bow Jenny Page and coxed by Desmond beat Champions of the Thames in the semi-final to secure their final spot. In the final the crew, stroked by Wymer, hit a strong rhythm at 34 to win by three lengths against USA crew Masters Coaching. The double scull crew of Ashcroft and Rebecca Sadler beat Falcon RC by an easily verdict to win the C category.
Elsewhere the club also had victories in the coxed four categories at C and H levels as well as in the coxless pairs in the F category.
The senior women of Henley Rowing Club triumphed in their straight final in the A eights against Warwick Boat Club. The crew of Rachael Alder, Amanda Hynes, Rachel Loveridge, Alice Bentley, Cat Kay, Genevieve Bailhache, Rachel Barnes-Willis, Bethan Thomas and cox Zoe Thomas used their superior power to achieve a quick lead on home water. Accelerating away with every stroke, the Henley crew rowed to a comfortable victory.
Speaking after the win, Henley coach Pete Wells said: “With a three length win over Warwick, I’m delighted to see the senior women perform so well in the eight.
“We’ve a hard working group of athletes in the senior squad and it’s very pleasing to see them rewarded with a victory in such commanding fashion.”
Medals were presented by Martin Humphrys, chairman of the Thames Regional Rowing Council, Diane Sutherland, president of the regatta and Catherine McLaughlin, wife of the late John McLaughlin who was the event secretary and passed away two weeks before the Regatta.
At the end of the regatta, entries secretary James Lee said: “The regatta witnessed unprecedented demand this year meaning we had to close entries three weeks early.
“It is a good position to be in, but obviously a shame for those who missed out. We were very lucky with the weather and the standard of racing was top-class, as always.”