THE sight of two eights on the River Thames in Henley is not unusual but if
THE sight of two eights on the River Thames in Henley is not unusual but if you look closely at this picture taken by reader Michael Zatouroff you might notice something unusual.
One boat contains almost all of Team GB’s women’s eight that won silver in Rio plus a man — Alan Sinclair, who finished fourth in the men’s coxless pair with Stewart Innes. He was offered one of the two spare seats for the Olympians’ row-past before the heroes’ parade on Saturday as two women couldn’t make it.
However, the crew almost regretted their decision when they were about to get in the boat and found there was no sign of Sinclair.
Eventually, he emerged from Leander Club to cheers from the spectators on the bridge and banks to whom he raised his hand by way of an apology.
When Sinclair finally got on the water with his forgiving team-mates, the gold-medal winning men in the other eight poked fun at him for being in boat full of girls!
Seeing the look on his face, I’m sure he didn’t mind.