• August 17, 2019
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Walton Reach Regatta held on Saturday 17th August 2019

 The Walton Reach Regatta was held on the River Thames at Thames Valley Skiff and Punting Club. The racing course distance was approximately 650 metres downstream on the Surrey side of the river from the Black Swan to finish at TVSC clubhouse.

It was good to get back on the river following the cancellation of the Sunbury Regatta the previous weekend end due to high winds. A cloudy dry morning gave way to a lovely sunny warm afternoon with a following breeze down the course.

The Skiff Club had a good entry despite holidays, participants were as listed below

  • GID Bill Clee and Riccardo Maestri coxed by Sarah Randall
  • GID Kim Mollett and David Sawtell coxed by Gillian Mulcahy
  • GIS David Sawtell
  • GND Dominic North and John Pengilly coxed by Miranda Clements
  • GNS Andy Ronksley
  • GNS John Pengilly
  • GNS Mel Day
  • GNS Bill Clee
  • GED Neill Harrowell and Mel Day coxed by Gillian Mulcahy
  • GES Dominic North
  • GES Neill Harrowell
  • GVD Keith Shore and Mike Lanzer coxed by Dave Tappin
  • LND Sarah Randall and Hannah Clements coxed by Miranda Clements
  • LNS Eilish Lawlee
  • LED Katherine Curtis Tyler and Kristina Majurey coxed by Paul Gregory
  • MSD Miranda Clements and Riley Clements coxed by Hannah Clements
  • MID Eilish Lawlee and Bill Clee coxed by Paul Gregory
  • MND Hannah Clements and Riccardo coxed by Miranda Clements
  • MND Sarah Randall and Matt Randall coxed by Gillian Mulcahy
  • MED Katherine Curtis Tyler and Andy Ronksley coxed by Miranda Clements

Skiff Club crews were winners of a ‘magnificent 7’ Ormiston Trophy events plus a win in the Veteran Pennant, all that training and practice is paying off! Event winners from skiff club were:-

  • GID Bill Clee and Riccardo Maestri coxed by Sarah Randall
  • GNS Bill Clee
  • GVD Keith Shore and Mike Lanzer coxed by Dave Tappin
  • LNS Eilish Lawlee
  • LED Katherine Curtis Tyler and Kristina Majurey coxed by Paul Gregory
  • MSD Miranda Clements and Riley Clements coxed by Hannah Clements
  • MID Eilish Lawlee and Bill Clee coxed by Paul Gregory
  • MND Hannah Clements and Riccardo coxed by Miranda Clements

Bill Clee excelled with 3 event wins executed with style and power and he coped well with the demands of several races in close succession. Our Captain Eilish led from the front, winning 2 events as did Riccardo, both are rising through the skiffing status categories as they continue to improve.

In their first competitive race together Katherine and Kristina were coxed by Paul to win an exciting race by half a length; well done!.

At senior level, Riley and Miranda won the mixed doubles by half a length in one of the fastest times of the day, they too continue to improve.

Our veteran crew Keith and Mike won against a (Slightly) younger crew, maintaining their lead from the handicapped start to the finish. All racers enjoyed great vocal support from the clubhouse roof terrace;, Go Skiff Club!!

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A great day on and by the river and ……in the bar.

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