IF you are watching the latest series of The Apprentice on the BBC, you will probably have seen a fleeting glimpse of Henley in last week’s seventh episode.
Lord Sugar instructed the two teams to tap into the UK’s boating and leisure industry by selling products at the Poole Harbour Boat Show.
The show was hit by downpours so the contestants were really put to the test trying to sell to rain-soaked customers jet skis and speedboats at the top end and snorkel masks and fish-shaped cushions at the other.
Team Nebula, led by Frances Bishop, came out on top with total sales worth more than £40,000 compared with the £188.90 earned by Team Titans led by Karthic Nagesan, who subsequently received Lord Sugar’s “you’re fired” treatment.
The winning team received their customary “treat”. “It is Leander Club, the most successful rowing club in the world,” said Lord Sugar. “Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell is going to join you.”
There were then a few shots — clearly taken earlier in the year when the weather was better — of the would-be entrepreneurs being greeted by double silver medallist Debbie Flood and Cracknell who said: “Enjoy it, good luck and the key thing is — listen to the cox.”
The contestants helped carry eights out of the club to the river and petite Frances was seen struggling to even touch it as the much taller athletes took the weight.
On the water, Cracknell followed the boats and shouted: “You can get the oar wet any time you want, Frances!” as the winning skipper struggled to move her arms in time with her crewmates.
Back on dry land, the contestants enjoyed a glass of champagne, where contestant Jessica Cunningham complained: “My arse is absolutely killing after rowing.”
Better get back to business, Jessica.