Registration is now open for the summer 2015 Sculling Courses.
The Alec Hodges Courses are open to athletes of all abilities, both rowers and scullers, adult and junior, and will run from 20 to 24 July, 3 to 7 August and 17 to 21 August.
The Level 2 Advanced Sculling Courses are for competitive scullers wishing to improve their race performance. The Junior Course is from 27 to 31 July, and the Senior Course from 31 August to 4 September.
See the Sculling Courses section for full information, and to download an application form.
At Molesey Veteran Head, the club was represented by The Great Ache, who finished twelfth overall, and a TSS/Walbrook composite women's quad, who were forty-fourth.
The Great Ache run out of steam.
If you haven’t raced at Molesey Vets you don’t know what you’ve missed. The pre-race air is heavy with the fumes of Sloan’s Liniment, while dust and embalming fluid squirt from the odd troublesome joint as the crews make their way to the start. All leave is cancelled at St John Ambulance, who remain alert and in a state of readiness at the clubhouse.
But that isn’t much use when you need them in the middle of the race, which is where one of our number had a breathing problem. With a fired-up crew starting with the control and poise of a herd of cows galloping out of the cowshed for the first time in spring, lack of breath is not totally unexpected if you come back to rowing having done not much more than push a trolley round Tesco’s after the wife for the last few decades.
Unaware of the nature of the drama unfolding in the bows and thinking it was just Lawrence who’d blown up again, the stern section responded with reluctant resignation to calls to drop the rate. Oxygen returned and our man rallied to finish the race. Impressive.
Then came the high point of the rowing calendar – the sumptuous Molesey Vets Ladies’ Tea. Totally unsurpassed and possibly one of the main reasons we still linger on in the sport. If you get the chance, don’t miss it. LW
TSS athletes took part in all four sculling events at the recent GB Rowing Team third assessment in Boston.
Top performer was Alan Campbell, who finished second overall in the men's heavyweight single. Jess Belcher was sixteenth overall in women's lightweight single, and tenth-placed under-23, while Stu Heap was twenty-second in men's lightweight and Jess Brown thirty-seventh in women's heavyweight.
At the following weekend's junior trials, Marcus finished second in J16 singles and, teaming up with a sculler from Thames, third in J16 doubles the following day. In WJ18 singles, Susannah was fifth and Meg twenty-eighth; Lucas, in a composite with London Oratory, finished thirty-fifth in J18 pairs.