Monday
May232016

International DRV Juniors' Regatta

 

Meg and Marcus were selected to race in the GB Junior team at the 2016 International DRV Juniors' Regatta in Munich. After only a couple of practice outings they set out on Friday 6th May and raced in individual regattas on the Saturday and Sunday. Most crews have had considerably more time together but due to the need for the GB Juniors to race in their school and club crews ours have very little time together. The TSS pair did really well, with Meg winning two medals and Marcus winning one, and Smithy and Chris as their coaches are proud of them! It was a fantastic experience for both of them which will hopefully stand them in good stead in future trials and regattas. They report as follows:

Meg: On Saturday morning we raced the JW2x in a tough field which had six heats. We came third in our heat putting us in the C final, where we came third again. In the evening we raced a scratch quad. As there were only seven quads it was a straight final which we won, getting a medal and a T-shirt. On Sunday morning we raced the double again. As we had the experience of Saturday's racing and a nicer boat we had a much better race on Sunday, winning our heat (getting a medal and another T-shirt) and our time was second fastest out of the three heats.

Marcus: I was expecting to row in an eight, but it split into two coxless fours for Saturday morning, one lightweight with me in it, and one heavyweight. Both fours came second in their semis and made it into the B final, where we beat the heavyweights in a great race by about half a length. In the afternoon we were the last race of the day in the eight, where it was a straight final of four boats. We lost to the Swiss by about half a length. On Sunday I was put in a scratch pair with Oscar the Westminster stroke. There were four heats and they based the overall winner on times. We raced really well to win our heat and got a medal and a T-shirt and were third fastest overall. It was a great weekend and really hot so very tiring.

Monday
May232016

Ghent

Thirty-eight athletes from the men's and women's senior squads travelled to Belgium for the International May Regatta.

Racing alongside German, Polish and Swiss under-23 crews, they reached the finals of most events entered, and returned with the following medals:

  • Silver Lwt 1x
  • Silver W 2x
  • Silver 2-
  • Bronze Lwt 4x

Monday
May232016

Borne@Chiswick Bridge

The juniors and masters raced on home water at Borne@Chiswick Bridge regatta.

On the masters' side, Ben Bridger won the three-boat straight final of Masters D singles, while Kasia Lawrence and Jo Al-Janabi won Women's Masters F doubles before joining Claire-Louise French and Katie Robins in an E quad that also won.

The juniors won both open and women's J14 coxed quads, and also women's J16 singles

Anna Murphie reports on the J14 racers' day:

It was nice for the J14 racers to take part in a second local regatta, making life much easier in terms of boating and spectating.

The girls' J14 quad faced Putney High School in their first race. Having been unsuccessful in the final at Chiswick the week before, and Hammersmith the week before that, Amalia, Phoebe, Hannah and Ellie, coxed by Ana, were determined to finish this regatta triumphant. Their focus and determination was evident in a strong race, won by three lengths, which put them through to the final.

The boys' J14 quad of Albie, Lenny, Will and Dylan, coxed by Ella, took a more leisurely approach, and, having rigged the Maude Barge, warmed up on the river bank, before paddling to the start to face up to King's Canterbury. The boys had a good race, winning by 1.5 lengths. They too were through to the final.

The girls then raced Fulham Reach, winning by two lengths, and the boys were up against Team Keane. After some friendly pre-race banter, a focused performance followed and the boys won by four lengths.

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Tuesday
May032016

International Selection

Three TSS members have been selected to the Great Britain Rowing Team for regattas in May.

Alan Campbell claimed his ninth win in the single at GB final trials back in March, and the following month was named as the single sculler at the European Championships, to be held in Brandenburg on 6-8 May. 

Also racing in Germany will be juniors Meg and Marcus, who have been selected for the International Junior Regatta held at Munich over the same weekend. Marcus is in the sweep group, while Meg is one of six women scullers. 

Adam Lodygowski, from the Senior Men's group, represented Poland at the first World Cup of the season, held in Varese in April. Racing in the lightweight four, his crew finished ninth overall.

 

Tuesday
May032016

Wallingford

The TSS Juniors sent a small but select group to Wallingford after the mass participation at Chiswick the day before. An 8.30 start meant leaving TSS at 6.30 for the J16 4+ of Oli, Stefan, Calvin and Laurence with Cosmo coxing. Getting the boys awake for the heat was a struggle, but they woke up after about 500m and rowed confidently past Eton to win and go to the final where they faced the best J16 rowers from Hampton, St Paul's, Latymer Upper and London Oratory. The crew were under strict instructions to go out really hard, and this they did, leading by a second from Latymer at 500, extending this to three seconds at halfway, with the best rowing they have done to date. At 1500m they were still three seconds up but St Paul's were closing. A cool last 500 saw the boys just hold off St Paul's to win by 0.8 s, with the rest of the field four seconds back. Chris and Smithy (the St Paul's coach) had been eagerly anticipating the clash all year and weren't disappointed.

Only seventy minutes after the fours race the J16s boated for the J18 quads but this was really too short a break and despite sculling well they were just too tired. The J18 quad of Sam, Marcus, Michael and Luke fared better and were 13th fastest of 30 crews. This didn't quite get them into the repechage but was still a good scull.

The junior contingent was completed with Meg in WJ18 sculls, who won her heat well then similarly dominated the final, beating a sculler who had featured in the recent GB Junior trials. So this was a good result to put her in good heart for Munich Junior Regatta, for which she and Marcus have been selected.

The Senior Men also attended, with the club four of Eddie Beckett, Tom Chung, Marcus Jonas and Tom Bond coxed by Ruairadh McPhee doing the best, winning their heat to make the final then losing by less than two seconds. CFW

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