Sunday, 01 August 2021

Record entry for Upper Thames as club celebrates 50-year anniversary

Upper Thames Rowing Club have entered 50 athletes into next week’s Henley Royal Regatta.

Upper Thames Rowing Club have entered 50 athletes into next week’s Henley Royal Regatta.

Club Captain Justin Sutherland said: “It is the club’s half centenary this year, so it is fitting that 50 of our members are entered to race.

“It is a club record, and we hope one or two crews may even progress into the weekend.”

The top ranked boat is entered in the Thames Cup, a race for eights.

The crew contains four athletes who have been unbeaten this season in a coxed four with wins at Wallingford, Ghent and the Metropolitan regattas.

They will face stiff competition from last year’s losing finalists Thames Rowing Club and a handful of other clubs including Tideway Scullers and Griffen, a boat of Abingdon School alumni.

The club’s second and third eights will have to take their chances in the qualifying races today (Friday) which are run against the clock as time trials.

The fastest 12 crews from 35 taking part will gain entry to the main draw on Saturday.

In the Wyfold Cup for coxless fours the club has entered four crews, three of which will have to qualify. The fastest 14 crews from 37 boats will go through.

The coxed four went straight into the Britannia Cup but the double scull of King and Hoodless, plus Tom Hope in the Diamonds will have to battle it out for a place in the draw through qualifiers.

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