The J14 boys raced at a well-attended Putney Town Regatta against some good rowing schools.
The quad - of Alfie, Dom, Alex, Seb and cox Cillian - put their tideway experience to good use in their first race, when their progress down the course was firstly checked by the RNLI going at full pelt and creating huge wash, followed by a large cruiser, again causing large wash. The boys coped well to take the win over Radley. They met another Radley boat in the final, and in a less eventful race won by clear water.
Dom and Alex then jumped straight into the double to go back to the start and race another Radley boat, which had Theo, a former TSS junior, at stroke. In an exciting race, Theo and his partner just pulled away to win, but well done to Alex and Dom who raced well.
Thanks to Matt, Kirstin, Lloyd, Ian and Gareth for their very valuable help on the bank, and special thanks to Andrew, who very kindly gave up his afternoon to look after us all in Putney. SN
The senior squads travelled to Belgium to race at the Ghent International May Regatta.
The club was represented in five finals, with Adam Lodygowski won silver in the lighweight single. Dan Dalmau, in heavyweight single, was fourth, as were Nathan O'Reilly and Niall Kenny in the heavyweight pair, while the women's double of Jess Belcher and Bella Essex, and the coxless four (Adam Ridler, Murray Wilkojc, Bill Fields and Stuart Heap) were both fifth.
The second day's racing brought four further medals, from nine finals.
Jess Belcher won gold in the women's under-23 lightweight single, while the heavyweight quad of Eddie Beckett, Rob Leonard, Aran Garrod and Dan Dalmau also won their event.
There were silver medals for Debbie Beadle and Jess Brown in the women's double, and for Adam Ridler, Murray Wilkojc, Nathan O'Reilly and Stuart Heap in the coxless four, while Bella Essex was third in women's under-23 singles.
The men's single scullers - Niall Kenny (lightweight), Aran Garrod (under-23) and Dan Dalmau (heavyweight) - were all fourth in their respective finals, and the pair of Adam Lodygowski and Bill Fields were fifth.
At Borne, the second of the regattas on home water, the club recorded another six wins.
The J14 girls and boys raced in coxed quads and both crews had straight finals, with the boys competing at J15 due to lack of entries at J14. Both crews rowed well to win their races - well done to Alfie, Dom, Alex and Seb with Cillian coxing, and to Ruby, Mathilde, Georgia and Orla, with Pheobe coxing.
The J16 girls won WJ16 doubles, and also took on adult opposition to win Women's Novice quads.
David Best won Masters F single, and then later in the day teamed up with Ben Bridger to win E/F doubles from the wrong side of the handicap.
- J15 4x+
- J14 4x+
- J16 2x
- J14 2x
- J18 1x
Sara Newton reports on the J13/14s' races:
The girls racing in WJ14 2x started first. Ellie and Abbie beat Twickenham and then Putney High School, and Orla and Ruby beat Guildford and then Twickenham - setting up an all-TSS semi-final, which was won by Ellie and Abbie. In the other half of the draw, Amalia and Mathilde beat Emanuel, but then lost to Putney High School. Emma and Georgia had a bye through to the semi-final, but were unfortunately beaten by another Putney High School boat, who went on to be the eventual winners.
In a smaller field, the J14 2x of Alex and Dom met and beat Guildford in the semi-final, their opposition in the heat having withdrawn. In the three-boat final against Emanuel and Charterhouse, they crossed the line first, a length and a quarter up on Emanuel.
The J14 quad of Alfie, Dom, Alex, Seb and Cillian (cox) raced St George’s and Tiffin, and in a closely fought battle won by a third of a over St George’s. Lining up for another three-boat race in the final. This time the margin was larger, as the Scullers boys raced well to win this event by a length and a quarter.
The WJ14 quad, with Phoebe coxing Orla, Maddie, Amy and Amalia, beat Putney High in their heat, progressing to meet Guildford and Emanuel in the semi-final. In another closely fought race, the result didn’t go our way this time and the girls just missed out on a place in the final.
Well done to everyone who raced. Thank you to Jimbo and Stephen for getting us all organised, the coxes and to the parents who supported, helped and braved the cold day.
The Masters Women also raced their eight, as Mary Mortimer reports:
The Women's Masters boat, racing in Women's Novice eights, comprised Catherine Nunan, Clare Allen, Claire-Louise French, Mary Mortimer, Clare Delmar, Adrianne Brewer, Zoe Burns and Xanthe Neale, with Jane Adams coxing.
Two TSS crews were selected to represent the Thames London region at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in Nottingham.
The J16 double of Marcus and Ambrose raced well to be with Windsor Boys' (Thames Upriver), who won the event, at half way, but then faded to be fifth overall. The J15 quad won their heat and then raced well to be second in the final to a very good Maidenhead crew, again representing Thames Upriver. This is a big step up from previous racing and shows progress is being made. CFW