On a blisteringly hot July day it was wonderful to welcome over 70 King’s alumni and friends, spanning the generations, to our gazebo on Henley Cricket Field, to enjoy the world-renowned Regatta.
In addition to the current King’s first VIII, who fought bravely against tough opposition from an Australian crew from St Joseph’s Nudgee College, it was the inaugural outing for the King’s Alumni quad racing under the Rex colours. Rex Boat Club, established in the 1970s and based out of the King’s School Boat House comprises of alumni, former parents and staff and enables King’s alumni rowers from different universities to row together at numerous events, including Henley.
There was high drama at the start of the day when alumnus Jack Webber was forced to withdraw due to illness and last-minute replacement Harry Higgingbottom, himself returning from injury, volunteered to step in. With a delayed start Pat Hanratty stroked the crew to an early lead but they eventually succumbed to Upper Thames Boat Club who powered ahead mid-race.
Iced Pimms, Prosecco, soft drinks and tea-party fayre were served throughout the day and a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all!