Cruelly denied victory last year by the delay at Richmond lock, the Meakins family in their Oughtred-designed skiff Kingfisher (Philip, son Ben and two small family members as cox and passenger, seen above at the start in a picture by Glyn Foulkes) faced a daunting setback at the very beginning of this year's race.Philip Meakins writes: "Ben's oar broke at the first pull of the race ! He borrowed some tape from a rescue boat - taped it together and pulled for 3 hours on a short loom - proud daddy or what!"
As you can see from Chris Perkins's great shot above, taken at Richmond Bridge, they recovered and finished second, winning the Four Oared class in a time of 2hr 57min. An outstanding performance.
It has been a busy time for Kingfisher - only a few weeks ago Ben and his new bride Steph rowed off down the Hamble in her, after their wedding on the bank. Congratulations to you both - Ben, keep in time with stroke!