Henley Veteran Regatta

Nine former Olympians, including Sir Steven Redgrave, rowed with mixed fortunes in a Molesey composite eight at the 15th Henley Veteran Regatta held on the 11 and 12th July.

Racing in the Veteran B and C events the Molesey crew encountered formidable opposition, including a crew from the United States under the Crabtree BC/Kent Mitchell banner, boosted by the efforts of silver medal winners Ed Ives and Greg Springer, from the USA 1984 Olympic coxed four, and Guy Pooley, another former Great Britain Olympian who competed at both the Atlanta and Barcelona Olympics.

The Molesey composite won the Veteran B final against Nottingham, beating the Crabtree/Kent Mitchell crew by a canvas in the semi-final, but lost the Veteran C final to the same US crew by half a length.  Honours even!

Molesey line-up: (bow to stroke) Adam Clift, John Beattie, John Garett, Shane O’Brien, Simon Dennis, Steve Redgrave, Ian McNuff, Clive Roberts, cox Adrian Ellison.

Phil Jarratt’s full report on the event is in the August issue of Rowing & Regatta.

Results and photos available from Upper Thames RC website.

Ian McNuff suffered a back injury during the early part of the day after competing in the Vet B semi-final where the Molesey composite were victorious over a Crabtree/KMRC composite. He did not compete in the Vet C final and was replaced by Hugh Mackworth-Praed.

The Crabtree / KMRC composite in the Vet B race consisted of

Cox – Rowley Douglas
Stroke – Dave Gillard
7 – Dan Marrett
6 – Mike Still
5 – Clive Kennedy-Burn
4 – Ed Ives
3 – Ben Webb
2 – Sean Gorvy
Bow – James Baker

The Crabtree/KMRC crew which were victorious in the Vet C final were

Cox – Rowley Douglas
Stroke – Dave Gillard
7 – Craig Webster
6 – Mike Still
5 – Greg Springer
4 – Ed Ives
3 – Guy Pooley
2 – Sean Gorvy
Bow – James Baker