Six TSS eights raced Quintin Head, over an upstream course from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick Quay.
The Senior Women took the opportunity to race matched eights, dubbed Rigby and Peller. Precision selection meant that the crews finished just 0.6 of a second apart, with IM1 Rigby taking club honours, while Peller (Holly, Aba, Jacqui, Meg, Anna, Bethan, Rowi and Catherine, coxed by Jess) won the IM2 pennant.
From the Senior Men, the Senior eight that started sixth climbed three places in the overall rankings, and finished second in category to Molesey, who also claimed the headship. The IM2 boat, meanwhile, was 22nd overall and fourth in category.
On the Masters side, the women fielded an E eight in the competitive C/E category, and there was also a Masters E cohort manning the Great Ache, as Marcus Hine reports:
After an uneventful paddle down to the start we easied by Fulham Reach and tucked in alongside the considerably talented No. 99, TSS WIM1. Much to the amusement of said crew, no sooner had Kristian given the instruction to 'Easy Oars' than out came Mike P's phone and there ensued much remonstrating (presumably with patients), establishment of the TGA Twitter feed and several snaps to satiate the desire of the ardent TGA Snapchat/Facebook/Twitter followers.
Once this burst of social media had abated, the crew turned to the other matter at hand ... the race - though at this point the rest of TGA felt that the intoxication of social media and the multiple 'likes' etc had all gone to Mike P's head when he shouted across to TSS WIM1 that they should take heed when TGA rows past ...
The race underway and TSS WIM1 cruising safely away over the horizon, the crew settled into a solid rhythm at 30 or so chased by a persistent Putney Town crew. Over the first part of the course, PTRC closed on TGA and the crew suffered a bit of a wobble in the excellent rhythm set by Ben Bridger at stroke. However, after some expert steering and some well-timed calls prompted by our stroke, we began to claw back the lost time as we came through Barnes.
Things were in danger of going soggy again in the final 500m, but thanks to some morale-boosting cheering from TSS HQ and a last call from Kristian we came home a respectable second of six, well beaten by a youthful-looking Thames crew but a very significant 0.9 seconds ahead of Putney Town. It should of course be recorded that TSS WIM1 had by this time racked their boat.