At the Fours Head and Veteran Fours Head this weekend, Upper Thames crews had some decent results.
At the main event on Saturday, the fastest UTRC time was clocked by the IM1 4x of Tom Carter, Mike, Nagi, Jake Davidson and Will Hoodless, a combination that finished in 18.50 and 20th place overall, placing them second of twenty nine entries in that category. Considering the boat contained two novice scullers the result was very creditable, and bodes well for the development of a Senior Quad in the coming months.
The second ranked club boat was an IM1 4- that clocked 19.38, third of thirty one entries. An IM2 4+ finished in 19.45, fourth of thirty eight crews in the category. All of these crews show considerable promise at this early stage in the rowing year.
Coach Justin Sutherland said, “Overall, I am very pleased with the results we had today. Our preparation has been below par, so frankly I am pleasantly surprised by our rankings. These are probably our best results ever at the Fours Head when taken as a whole.”
On Sunday the club won two pennants in the Veteran’s Head. The first was in a composite 4x with Star and Peterborough that finished 30 seconds ahead of the second placed boat. The club’s D4+ also ran out winners among eight competing crews on the course between Chiswick and Hammersmith pier, which was shortened due to treacherous conditions beyond Hammersmith Bridge.