Thursday, 16 September 2021

Family wins five Regatta events

ONE family won five events at this year’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta at the weekend.

ONE family won five events at this year’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta at the weekend.

Peter Lowe, 48, from Cockpole Green, took home the Rhylva Challenge Cup for gentlemen’s double sculling skiffs with his friend David Gillard, from Wargrave, and cox Rory Copus, from Henley.

They won a close-fought final against the sons of TV antiques expert Jonty Hearnden, Max, 20, and Cosmo, 17, who were coxed by Hannah Rapley.

Mr Lowe’s son Noah, 10, won both the under-12s dinghy and dongola classes and coxed his father and mother Krista to victory in the ladies’ and gentlemen’s veterans’ double sculling skiff.

His daughter Ava, eight, also competed in the under-12s dongola class.

Noah was joined in the dongola by his cousin Lily Lowe, 11, and her father Jeremy, Mr Lowe’s brother, who lives near Oxford. The six-strong crew, called Happy Go Lucky, was completed by children Anna Merritt, Fane Hamilton and Ned Floyd.

Lily’s 16-year-old sister sister Rozi and brother Sam, 15, won the Bushnell Trophy for the under-17 boys’ and girls’ Canadian canoes.

The family has been visiting the regatta for years and Mr Lowe also won the Rhylva cup in 2014.

He said: “I’m amazed how we just bumbled along to the regatta for a bit of fun and did so well. We’ve won here before but have never taken such a haul of trophies.

“We are members of Wargrave Boat Club and regularly play about on the water but we certainly didn’t train and I was absolutely thrilled with our results.

“The final of the gentlemen’s sculls was pretty close but it was a real achievement to win again as I’m a good 30 years older than the other crew! “Noah has competed at the regatta before but never won, so he was over the moon to have three victories this time. He’s usually quite an understated boy but he was grinning from ear to ear.

“He’s keen to defend his title. We’ve also got a four-year-old daughter, Martha, and after this year’s achievements she’s desperate to take part next year.

“We love the regatta because it’s such a wonderful community event. So many families take part and they’re able to have fun while getting in touch with their competitive side.”

Mr Hearnden, 55, who lives near Henley and is best known for appearing on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and Cash in the Attic, has previously won at the regatta but now only attends as a spectator.

This year’s racing, which took place on a stretch of the Thames between Shiplake railway bridge and land off Ferry Lane in Wargrave, drew a crowd of more than 3,000 people with around 700 competitors. There were 361 races between 9am on Friday and 6.15pm on Saturday.

There were also 2km and 1km open-water swimming events early on Saturday.

Charles Cousins, a GB sculler who missed out on competing at Rio after undergoing back surgery, won the former race in 25 minutes and 25 seconds.

Peter Symons, the regatta’s honorary secretary, said: “It went very well indeed. The weather was superb and if you can’t make a success of it in those conditions, what hope have you got?"



ONE family won five events at this year’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta at the weekend.

Peter Lowe, 48, from Cockpole Green, took home the Rhylva Challenge Cup for gentlemen’s double sculling skiffs with his friend David Gillard, from Wargrave, and cox Rory Copus, from Henley.

They won a close-fought final against the sons of TV antiques expert Jonty Hearnden, Max, 20, and Cosmo, 17, who were coxed by Hannah Rapley.

Mr Lowe’s son Noah, 10, won both the under-12s dinghy and dongola classes and coxed his father and mother Krista to victory in the ladies’ and gentlemen’s veterans’ double sculling skiff.

His daughter Ava, eight, also competed in the under-12s dongola class.

Noah was joined in the dongola by his cousin Lily Lowe, 11, and her father Jeremy, Mr Lowe’s brother, who lives near Oxford. The six-strong crew, called Happy Go Lucky, was completed by children Anna Merritt, Fane Hamilton and Ned Floyd.

Lily’s 16-year-old sister sister Rozi and brother Sam, 15, won the Bushnell Trophy for the under-17 boys’ and girls’ Canadian canoes.

The family has been visiting the regatta for years and Mr Lowe also won the Rhylva cup in 2014.

He said: “I’m amazed how we just bumbled along to the regatta for a bit of fun and did so well. We’ve won here before but have never taken such a haul of trophies.

“We are members of Wargrave Boat Club and regularly play about on the water but we certainly didn’t train and I was absolutely thrilled with our results.

“The final of the gentlemen’s sculls was pretty close but it was a real achievement to win again as I’m a good 30 years older than the other crew! “Noah has competed at the regatta before but never won, so he was over the moon to have three victories this time. He’s usually quite an understated boy but he was grinning from ear to ear.

“He’s keen to defend his title. We’ve also got a four-year-old daughter, Martha, and after this year’s achievements she’s desperate to take part next year.

“We love the regatta because it’s such a wonderful community event. So many families take part and they’re able to have fun while getting in touch with their competitive side.”

Mr Hearnden, 55, who lives near Henley and is best known for appearing on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and Cash in the Attic, has previously won at the regatta but now only attends as a spectator.

This year’s racing, which took place on a stretch of the Thames between Shiplake railway bridge and land off Ferry Lane in Wargrave, drew a crowd of more than 3,000 people with around 700 competitors. There were 361 races between 9am on Friday and 6.15pm on Saturday.

There were also 2km and 1km open-water swimming events early on Saturday.

Charles Cousins, a GB sculler who missed out on competing at Rio after undergoing back surgery, won the former race in 25 minutes and 25 seconds.

Peter Symons, the regatta’s honorary secretary, said: “It went very well indeed. The weather was superb and if you can’t make a success of it in those conditions, what hope have you got?"



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