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Marlow Rowing Club power to regatta success in Maidenhead 

Marlow RC were the most successful club, with 13 event wins, at the Maidenhead Regatta on Saturday.

Maidenhead RC came in a close second place, while Eton Excelsior RC and Guildford RC all featured prominently.

Highlights of the days racing included the veteran men’s eight in which the Marlow Masters D eight knocked out their younger clubmates in their first race, but were unable to live with pace of Maidenhead in the final, losing by three-quarters of a length in the second fastest race of the day.

Maidenhead’s Charlotte Williams, who is only 15, won the senior women’s IM3 single sculls, while the ‘Explore Rowing’ event for adult novices in stable quads was won by Marlow RC.

The J13 mixed doubles event was an all-Maidenhead affair with a win for the double of Max Bird and Abby Jones.

The fastest time of the day was in the final of the mixed eights where the crew from Newcastle University beat Marlow in a terrific time of 1min 34secs.

For the first time, adaptive events were included for disabled athletes, with winners in single and double sculls from Worcester, Guildford and Marlow clubs.

A special presentation was made after the regatta to Derek Cook who is celebrating his 70th year as a member of Maidenhead RC he has served with great distinction as an athlete, coach and official, and who can still regularly be seen out on the water.

Saturday’s regatta, which witnessed varied conditions including sun, rain, wind and lightning over the traditional 500m upstream course finishing just downstream of the Sounding Arch, featured nearly 200 crews and 146 races.

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