Tideway Scullers School was represented at all levels at Henley Women's Regatta, from Junior to Elite, by the club's largest entry for some years.
Racing got under way for the seniors on Friday morning, with the first-round time trials for most events.
The Intermediate (Club) coxed four of Shona Fraser, Sarah Loughlin, Louisa Jacob, Zoe Gullen and cox Sophia Margetts were the first TSS boat to time trial, chasing a top-sixteen finish in their forty-boat event. Despite a relatively short time in the boat, the crew put together their best race so far to finish fourteenth - and ahead of crews who had beaten them at the Met three weeks earlier.
Next up were the Senior doubles, with Rachael Davies and Charlotte Dexter finishing a very creditable sixth from thirty-two; unfortunately, however, the junior-senior combination of Flora and Rhona did not make it through to the second round.
The for time trial the senior coxed four (Judith Schulz, Rowi Mortimer, Caroline Matthews and Bella Essex, coxed by Sam King) effectively became a seeding race as one of the seventeen entries didn't show on the day, but there was fierce competition in the Senior lightweight single. Both Jacqui Johnston and Jess Belcher made the top sixteen, but Roseanna Eisdell, racing at her first Women's Henley, was eliminated.
In Friday's side-by-side racing, both the Club coxed four and the Senior double were unlucky to draw crews who finished near the top of their respective time trials. The four went out to Wallingford by two lengths, while the double were knocked out by a very strong outfit from Molesey who went on to win the final. The Elite pair of Kate Grose and Andrea Finn, racing as a TSS/Kingston composite, were knocked out by aspiring Durch internationals from Nereus. Jacqui had a very exciting race in her single, locked side-by-side with a Derby sculler for most of the course, but then her opponent found great pace in the last stages of the race to cross the line two lengths up. Jess, meanwhile, went through to Saturday with a four-length victory over Pam Delvalle of Mortlake.
Saturday's racing also opened with time trials, this time for the juniors. Meg and Saskia qualified their double in the third-fastest time, but the quad of Amy, Issy, Lacey and Emily were the fastest non-qualifiers.
The Senior four were back for their second-round race, drawn against Clydesdale. It was closely fought, but the win went to TSS by two-thirds of a length. However, in the afternoon they met the eventual winners from Thames, losing by three and three-quarter lengths - albeit in the fastest time of the four quarter-finals.
In the quarter-final, Jess Belcher was again matched up against a local rival, with the verdict this time going to Caris Marsh of Mortlake. Then, on Saturday evening, Jess Brown raced in the twice-redrawn Senior singles, going out to a sculler from Agecroft.
Meg and Saskia made short work of their first side-by-side race, with an easily verdict over Agecroft. The following day, they had a comfortable win over Newark in the quarter-final, but then met Marlow, who would go on to win the event that afternoon, in the semi-final.
Many thanks go to the coaches - Tim Earnshaw, Jack Carr, Rhona MacCallum and Antony Smith - as well as to Tom Gale for driving the trailer, as well as to all of our supporters and helpers over the weekend, and subs in training. Also to umpire Claire McIntosh and trainee Jonathan Williams, as well as Rosemary Thom.
The club's masters were out in force at Nottingham, and returned with gold, silver and bronze medals.
The club had an enjoyable and successful (if a little cold) day's racing at the third of the season's regattas on home water.
The day after Walton & Weybridge, the juniors raced a little further upstream at Weybridge Ladies.
It was an early start for Dom in the J13 single and Emma and Georgia in WJ14 doubles, but both won their events. There were no other wins, but some very close races and good experience gained on an unfamiliar stretch of river.