WSR 2014 President – Mrs Christine Sorsbie

The Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta Committee are delighted to announce that Christine Sorsbie has accepted the position as the Regatta President for 2014.

Christine has been coming to the regatta for over 60 years in both a competing and spectating capacity.

Christine was born in Wargrave at the ‘Thatched Cottage’ opposite the site of the original Wyatt’s Boatyard but has since lived in Shiplake and is now a summer ‘Islander’ resident in Shiplake.

Christine was taught to scull by her father who had rowed at Thames Rowing Club and first entered the regatta in 1950 as a cox for her brother, Michael Rutter, in the Boys Double Sculling Skiff Race.

She then went on to scull with him in the Ladies and Gents double sculls and later sculled with Peter Green, David Edwards, Sid Rand and latterly with 1998 Regatta President, Michael Pooley in the Veterans race.

She had success in the Ladies Dinghy race and also in the Double Punting in canoes with Alison Stott (nee Simpson). After being defeated by her brother and Jonathan Brown in final of 1972, Christine and Alison campaigned to have a separate punting race for Ladies, and so the Double Ladies Punting Race was born, where they had great success.

Christine also made sure her winning success was spread throughout the family, allowing all her children to cox her to victory.

Christine is now a happy Islander at Shiplake and still does some paddling with Alison Stott at St Denys Rowing & Sailing Club in Southampton.

In regatta tradition, Christine will be presenting the prizes to the 2014 winners at the prize giving ceremony on Saturday 9th August.