The Masters Men and Women took a small but select contingent to Sudbury Regatta on Saturday 5th August. Enjoying both the very best and the very worst of British summer weather, the group gained two wins from three events, including a long over-due win for some of the Masters Women. The day was especially exciting for Clive Thompson, who coxed those two winning crews – his first time competing as a cox since 1974.
First up was David Sogan (taking a break from his international career to attend..Sudbury International) with his son Max, in the Parent and Child 2x event. They were unfortunate to meet the eventual winners from mighty Maidstone but put up a valiant fight as ever.
The Women’s Masters D4+ event ended up as final between two Star Club crews – a rare occurrence. One of these crews was another family affair, with the crew of Nicola White, Carrie Rainbow, Bernie Smith and Sue Davis being ably coxed by Sue’s daughter Abbie. This crew totally annihilated local crew Sudbury in their heat. But the final was taken by the other Star crew of Julie Clarke, Lynne Taylor, Liz Appleton and Jo French, coxed by Clive, who were presented with their pots and the East Anglian Daily Times Cup by Ashton Brown, President of CUWBC. Special congrats go to Julie and Jo, for whom this win represents the long over-due loss of their Novice status (on the old points system).
Finally, the Masters D4+ of Andy Crook, David Gowing, Dominic Hawes-Fairly and Andy Lynn continue to prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with, winning their event with ease. Lots more pots and honours are surely on their way for this crew…”