Thursday, 05 August 2021

Rowers can look dapper out of lycra

WILL SATCH spends more time in a rowing vest than a suit but that hasn’t stopped

WILL SATCH spends more time in a rowing vest than a suit but that hasn’t stopped him taking an interest in fashion.

The 25-year-old Olympic bronze medallist has a Paul Smith black and white fitted suit which he is looking forward to showing off at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.

He also has his eye on a striking shirt with wave designs from Laurence Menswear in Duke Street, Henley.

He tried the shirt on against the backdrop of a sun-drenched Fawley Hill estate for this special Henley Standard fashion shoot with his Leander Club colleague Yasmin Tredell. The pair modelled a seletion of outfits from local retailers. Will has a selection of old rowing blazers that he will wear during the regatta.

The former Shiplake College pupil said: “I’ve got loads of old school blazers which were made for me and an Olympic one, which I quite like.

“I’ll probably only be wearing them on one day though, when I go to the enclosure. You get dressed up and it’s a nice occasion and an excuse for a drink. It’s also an opportunity to show off!”

Will will be stroking the Leander/Molesey combined eight competing for the Grand Challenge Cup.

At the World Cup in Italy last week, this eight represented Great Britain and beat Olympic champions Germany. Will said: “We’re all pretty stoked for the regatta after turning over the Germans at the World Cup. They don’t normally come to the regatta so we are excited but we have to make sure we beat them again on home turf.”

Yasmin, 22, who competed at last weekend’s Henley Women’s Regatta, will not be in action next week.

Instead she will watching — and dressed formally. Yasmin said: “Even if I don’t have tickets for the stewards’ enclosure I always wear a long maxi dress — I like to keep it traditional.

“I really like the tradition of long dresses as it looks good in photographs.

“The regatta is definitely a good place for people- watching. Everyone makes such an effort and there are lots of beautiful hats and gorgeous dresses.

“All my friends have planned their dresses from Wednesday through to Sunday and as soon as it starts getting sunny they pick out a nice ‘Henley dress’.

“You definitely want to look nice as you don’t get that many chances to dress up like at the regatta so that’s why everyone loves the occasion.”

• Special thanks to Sir William and Lady McAlpine for the use of their Fawley Hill estate and to our clothing and hats suppliers Laurence Menswear, Vintage Turnaround and Louise Claire Millinery.

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