Monday, 17 September 2012

Kingfisher barnstorms Great River Race

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!


shirley@ Thames boat hire said...

Congrats you both!
I think I should give you double congratulations; first of wedding and second for tremendous winning. May you win all the races of your life!

mark basil emmerson said...

Well done and congratulations! Ben is Kingfisher an acorn 15 ? she looks very similar to mine. All the best. Mark

Chris Partridge said...

It is indeed an Acorn 15, built by Philip and very nice too. Goes like something off a something.