UPPER THAMES picked up seven outright wins at the 21st Henley Masters Regatta held last Friday and Saturday over the 1,000-metre course.
Tom Carter won the A single sculls for host club Upper Thames by more than two lengths ahead of an experienced sculler from Bristol before running back to the enclosures to get in a composite quad in which he won comfortably ahead of the visitors from China.
Upper Thames women’s crews picked up three wins, two in the eights and one in double sculls.
The C crew eight of stroke Miriam Luke, Juliet Machan, Louise Wymer, Alison Pressley, Elise Cope, Anna Van Leemputten, Susan Keevil, bow Naomi Ashcroft and cox Brendan Desmond beat Mortlake Anglia and Alpha Boat Club in the semi-final by one-and-three-quarter lengths. In the final Upper Thames pulled away to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths against a Nottingham composite.
Also in the eights the club D crew of Wymer, Miriam Luke, Helen Mangan, Anna Van Leemputten, Judith Burne, Jo Wilby, Susan Keevil, bow Jenny Page and coxed by Desmond beat Champions of the Thames in the semi-final to secure their final spot. In the final the crew, stroked by Wymer, hit a strong rhythm at 34 to win by three lengths against USA crew Masters Coaching. The double scull crew of Ashcroft and Rebecca Sadler beat Falcon RC by an easily verdict to win the C category.