Henley Masters was represented by Andy Tompkins and Birgith Sims this year and both came away with wins. The course runs upstream from Temple Island along the Henley RR course but in consideration to age finishes early at 1000m by Upper Thames RC.
Andy started proceedings on Friday morning racing in Masters D Double Sculls and winning the quarter final heat in exuberant style with an 'Easily' verdict in a very respectable time of 3:18. This was followed by a win in Masters D Coxless Fours in a Kingston/Walbrook composite against Marlow by 3 lengths.
Saturday, the hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting 31C was destined to be a day of attrition. Andy started racing in the semi for D2X at an all too early 8:20 in the morning beating Upper Thames by an all too small half length to get into the Final. Some six hours later in the full on sun he won the final by over three lengths to gain Kingston's first medal of the day.
Birgith had a more comfortable draw with two straight finals in Masters F Coxed Four and F Quad Sculls, but only 40 minutes apart. As ever, despite a bit of early trauma in the quad scull the Thames composite won both events quite comfortably to bring the Kingston tally to three medals.
Andy faired slightly less well in the D4- on Saturday. After comfortably winning the semi, they had to race Tyrian in the Final. Tyrian were beaten several weeks prviously at the British Master and were looking determined for revenge. After an early Kingston lead Tyrian slowly fought back to level and with everything to play for in the last 30 strokes bow caught an almighty boatstopper letting Tyrian through to win by several lengths. Such is life - till the next time!