THE role of the regatta’s trophy keeper was slightly more demanding than usual this year.
At 8am each day, Simon Carter put the cups on display in a tent in the stewards’ enclosure before the spectators arrived.
This year he had two extra pieces to contend with — the new Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup and the Grand Challenge Cup’s new base, which were displayed side by side.
Harvard University donated the latter after the original, also a gift from Harvard, ran out of space for new winners’ names. It was made by silversmith Steve Ottewill.
Mr Carter said: “The big difference I noticed is in the weight. The old base is much lighter than the new one so it’s very much a case of bending your knees when you lift it.