Upper Thames opened its new boathouse on 19 September 2009. The club’s then President, Peter Sutherland MBE, spent many hours in trying to raise the necessary capital to build this new extension to the existing clubhouse. Cozy as it was, the old clubhouse really didn’t cater for the increasing numbers of members and their demands for more modern training facilities. The new clubhouse was opened by none other than Sir Steven Redgrave, who arrived by skiff accompanied by Justin Sutherland, and Peter steering. It was a terribly proud day for Peter and Diane – and an amazing achievement since they founded the club back in 1963.