Today we raced in memory of Tony Cuthbert, the man who wrote the club anthem: "In the duck poo, that's what we do, come on in the water's fine. You are in my heart forever, oh my darling Serpentine".
Saundra Satterlee presented the Tony Cuthbert cup to the winner of the penultimate leg of the five-race Club Championship series, Jess Kelly. Anita Goyos came a close second, followed by new boy Sami Robertson.
The morning was notable for the maiden speech of our new president, Rob Ouldcott. Rob welcomed Saundra and recalled legendary club stories of Tony Cuthbert, who contributed so much fun and laughter to the club
Tony Cuthbert, 1941 - 2011
Tony with exotic Hyde Park wildlife
Tony's long term partner Saundra spoke with fondness of their years together at the club
Having missed the last few Saturdays, this was Rob Ouldcott's maiden presidential speech - complete with hand gestures
Mike Barron stepped-in for Dani Lobo as judge for the morning
A true club character
Tony was a real "character", in keeping with the long tradition of the Serpentine Swimming Club acting as a magnet to oddness. Born in 1941 Tony joined the club in 1998, in his late 50s. His earlier sporting prowess was as a three-day eventer. Unfortunately a hip replacement lead him to quite literally hang up his spurs. Equine's loss was swimming's gain. It also left Tony with a very handy choice of outfits for the All Clothes Race.
Maybe not a swimming champion, but certainly a champion of fun and laughter.
For much more detail on Tony and Saundra's massive contribution to the fun side of the club please follow this link to "the Race We Missed" report from 2021 -