Tuesday
Aug182015

Start of Season and Notice of SGM

© Rhona MacCallum

A Special General Meeting (SGM) has been called for Sunday 13th September at 10:30 a.m. in the club room. The Bernie Thompson and boat naming will take place on the same day.

At the Annual General Meeting in July, Miranda McLaughlan was elected club captain for a second term. However, since then Miranda has moved to Germany to start a new job and, as she feels that she can no longer commit to the role, she has decided to step down.

Nominations are invited for the vacant position of club captain, and nomination forms have been posted on the club noticeboard. Given the disruption that will be caused by the forthcoming refurbishment work, the forms have also been posted on the noticeboard in the TSS gym.

Schedule for 13th September

10:30: SGM and Bernie Thompson entries deadline

11:00: Boat naming

12:00: Boating for the Bernie Thompson

12:30: Race start

Sunday
Aug092015

World Rowing Junior Championships

Congratulations to Susannah, who yesterday won silver in the Great Britain women's quad at the Junior Worlds in Rio de Janeiro.

Lucas, racing in the men's pair, also put in a very strong performance, finishing second in the B final, and eighth overall. 

Click here for full results

Wednesday
Aug052015

Doggett's Coat and Badge Wager

'... Five Pounds for a Badge of Silver weighing about Twelve Ounces and representing Liberty to be given to be rowed for by Six Young Watermen according to my Custom, Eighteen Shillings for Cloath for a Livery whereon the said Badge is to be put, One Pound One Shilling for making up the said Livery and Buttons and Appurtenances to it ... all which I would have to be continued yearly forever in Commemoration of His Majesty King Georges happy Accession to the Brittish Throne...' – Last Will and Testament of Thomas Doggett, 1721

The red and yellow turned light blue on Saturday 1st August to support Charlie Maynard in the 301st Doggett's Coat and Badge Wager, raced from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier at Chelsea – and won by Charlie's ancestor George Maynard in 1833.

Charlie joined Scullers this year on the recommendation of Dan Arnold (Doggett's winner in 2010) to work with coach Tom Gale on his third and final attempt at the title.The race turned out to be one of the closest in years, the leading half of the six-boat field vying for the lead all the way down the four mile, six furlong course, until the race was won by Louis Pettipher, with Charlie – racing with TSS blades – in third place.

Photographs courtesy of Rhona MacCallum

Charlie's parents very kindly hosted all of his supporters on a party boat that followed the race, and more than a thousand pounds were collected for the Prostate Cancer Charity, for which the club has been raising money this year in memory of president Andy Ripley. The Maynards have, incredibly generously, offered to match that fundraising total.

Click here for the event's report - featuring the Maynard supporters' boat

Click here for video of the race

Friday
Jul312015

Home International Regatta

Caris (left) and JessTwo members of the Women's Squad were selected to compete at the Home International Regatta, held at Strathclyde Park on 25th July: Jess Belcher for England, and Rowi Mortimer for Wales.

Jess Belcher, who has been at Scullers while on placement as part of her degree at Bournemouth University, raced in the lightweight double with Caris Marsh of Mortlake, Anglian and Alpha, and following an intense three weeks of training together and getting down to weight, they brought home a gold medal for England!

Jess was then asked to jump into a quad with England team members from Mortlake, Agecroft and Upper Thames. This race saw them cross the line in second place, behind Wales, which the crew felt was a pretty respectable result considering it was the first time they had been out in this combination.

The England Senior Women's Team won the Victrix Ludorum.

The weather, of course, poured down for the afternoon of racing in true Scottish fashion, but for Jess it was,all in a ll, a very successful weekend of racing and celebrating. It was also a great end to her very successful season training and racing with the Women's Squad, which has included pennants at the Pairs Head and Scullers Head, and winning in the single at Ghent.

Rowi, meanwhile, made her second appearance at Home Countries, having previously represented England in the all-TSS coxless four and medal-winning composite women's eight in 2013. This time, racing as part of a Wales team managed by former cox and long-time TSS member Zoe Davies, Rowi was in the coxed and coxless fours that both finished second in their events, and the eight that was third.

Click here for full results.

Thursday
Jul232015

GB selection

Three TSS athletes have recently been named on GB Rowing teams.

Alan Campbell has been selected to race the heavyweight single at the World Championships in Aiguebelette, starting on the 30th August.

After lengthy and gruelling final selection trials for the Junior Worlds boats, Lucas will be racing in the pair in Rio, while Susannah, who won a bronze medal in Hamburg last year, will again be in the women's quad.