Tuesday, 03 August 2021

My cool school blazer

VINCENT THOMANN will be easily recognisable at the regatta as he will be wearing the Shiplake College blazer.

VINCENT THOMANN will be easily recognisable at the regatta as he will be wearing the Shiplake College blazer.

The 18-year-old was born in Germany but moved to England two years ago to attend the school and has been part of the first eight since September.

Vincent, who competed for Lindau Rowing Club in Germany, said: “I’m feeling quite good about the regatta. We’ve trained really hard and won the Child Beale Cup at the National Schools regatta in May. The aim is to get as far as we can and maybe make it to the weekend.”

So what about that uniform?

“I like getting dressed up but at the regatta I’ll be wearing the first eight blazer,” says Vincent. “It’s quite cool with red, black and gold stripes. Everyone knows it.”



Laren Tayyip will be a spectator at the regatta and says choosing an outfit won’t be easy.

The 18-year-old, of Elizabeth Road, Henley, says: “I really enjoy how it is both a rowing competition and a fashion show at the same time.

“I do find it difficult to pick an outfit as it definitely requires careful thought. The unwritten rule seems to be expensive for the ladies, status for the gentlemen.”

Laren, who was born in Turkey and has lived in Henley for 10 years, says the regatta is one of the events she most looks forward to.

She said: “I’ve been a few times and I love it, particularly the international participation. Watching the crews from all around the world demonstrating their skills in Henley is a fantastic opportunity for regatta-goers.

“My favourite thing is the special atmosphere as the crowd is almost on the end of the rowers’ blades. The noise and support is amazing.”

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



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