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Quer durch Berlin

The Great Ache Goes Foreign

Your starter for ten: in which country does everything work, the beer flow, the pre-race downpour stop the moment you arrive at the course and you find an immaculately prepared and spotlessly clean Empacher waiting for you?

The Quer durch Berlin is a daunting seven-kilometre head race on still water across town, featuring twelve bridges and finishing beneath Angela Merkel’s Chancellery. The first eight hundred metres or so is the only straight bit before a ninety-degree bend through a four-way junction is followed by one bend after another: a cox’s nightmare and enough to send a crew dizzy.

Kristian got us over the course in a blur of bridges and bends as he fought the controls to keep us non-amphibious with just the minutest of rudders to work with, until finally the smell of Bratwurst and the welcoming sounds of an oompah band signalled the finish and a resumption of getting to know Messrs Löwenbräu.

One could argue that our result (fifth in Masters E) might have been improved by leaving the celebrations until after the race rather than on arrival in Berlin, but when it’s Kristian’s birthday you can’t stand to one side, can you?

A terrific long weekend – from what we could remember of it – already pencilled in for next year. LW

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 01:14PM by Registered CommenterThe Editor | CommentsPost a Comment

Reading Small Boats Head

(c) Miranda McLaughlan

The Women's Squad (and guest) made their traditional start-of-season trip upriver to Reading Small Boats Head.

Racing in the final division, the IM1 quad of Jess Belcher, Beci Humphreys, Charlotte Dexter and Elaine Johnstone won their category by 33 seconds and were the fastest women's crew of the day - as featured on the the British Rowing website.

Earlier in the day, a newly formed double of Rowi Mortimer and Simone Dutreux won the IM2 category by well over a minute, and Caroline Matthews won IM3 singles, again by a comfortable margin.

The other single scullers raced unopposed in their categories: Rhona MacCallum in Senior, Carrie Thomas in Masters A, and Simon Suthers in Masters B.

Click here for full results.

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 01:21PM by Registered CommenterThe Editor | CommentsPost a Comment

Pairs Head

Racing in conditions that might politely be described as autumnal, the club put in a very strong showing at the first tideway head of the 2014-15 season: twenty-one TSS crews and two composites raced, with a return of four pennants.

In WIM2 doubles, Jess Brown and Debbie Beadle just pipped Maidenhead to the win, by a margin of less than a second, while Women's Squad newcomers Jess Belcher and Charlotte Dexter won WIM3 lightweight by a more comfortable fifty-three seconds. Kate Grose and Andrea Finn, racing as a TSS/Kingston composite, won WMC/D/E pairs for the second successive year. Mark Alloway, racing with his sister, Ruth Bradbury of Parr's Priory, won Mixed F doubles.

Click here for full results

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 01:12PM by Registered CommenterThe Editor | CommentsPost a Comment

Autumn Events and River Closures

27th September - Great River Race (Greenwich to Ham). Boats expected at Chiswick Bridge from 2.45pm

4th October - Pairs Head (race start 1pm). River closed noon to 3.30pm

1st November - Fours Head (race start 9.45am). River closed 8.45am to 12.15pm

2nd November - Veteran Fours Head (race start 11am). River closed 10am to 1.30pm

23rd November - Novice Winter Regatta

29th November - Scullers Head (race start 9.30am). River closed 8.30am to noon

30th November - Allom Cup

Italics indicate events for which the river will not be closed

For full details, see the Notice to Mariners U18 of 2014 

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 01:30PM by Registered CommenterThe Editor | CommentsPost a Comment

Boston Marathon

The women's IM1 quad of Judith Schulz, Rowi Mortimer, Caroline Matthews and Elaine Johnstone were the overall winners of the Boston Rowing Marathon on Sunday, completing the 31-mile course in 3:33.14 (a second and a half ahead of the fastest men's crew) and lowering the WIM1 quad course record by some thirty-seven minutes.

Roger Swift, racing in G singles, also won his category and also took just over a second off the course record, while Peter Watts (F single) finished in 4:29.23.

Click here for full results.

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 01:06PM by Registered CommenterThe Editor | CommentsPost a Comment
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