Mirko, Dave, Tomaso and Pete retained the MMasA.4- pennant at the Veteran Fours Head, finishing fifth overall behind four quads. The crew has been short of training this year – too many weddings, too few ergos - but they looked good value for their win over opposition from Thames and Warsaw.
The race ran on the ebb tide as usual but finished at Ranelagh so as to avoid the tunnel works below Putney. No veterans were complaining about the shortened course: the Pairs Head finish at Harrods would have been quite sufficient for most of us. Racing conditions were excellent with early drizzle clearing before the race started and flat water apart from launch washes. The club entered six crews in all. The WMasA.4+ almost matched the MMasA.4- achievement but finished just 7 seconds off the pennant for their division. The older crews were outshone on this occasion by the youngsters but generally rowed or sculled well enough to enjoy the day.