Quintin Head

Peller © Mark Ruscoe

Six TSS eights raced Quintin Head, over an upstream course from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick Quay.

The Senior Women took the opportunity to race matched eights, dubbed Rigby and Peller. Precision selection meant that the crews finished just 0.6 of a second apart, with IM1 Rigby taking club honours, while Peller (Holly, Aba, Jacqui, Meg, Anna, Bethan, Rowi and Catherine, coxed by Jess) won the IM2 pennant.

From the Senior Men, the Senior eight that started sixth climbed three places in the overall rankings, and finished second in category to Molesey, who also claimed the headship. The IM2 boat, meanwhile, was 22nd overall and fourth in category.

On the Masters side, the women fielded an E eight in the competitive C/E category, and there was also a Masters E cohort manning the Great Ache, as Marcus Hine reports:

After an uneventful paddle down to the start we easied by Fulham Reach and tucked in alongside the considerably talented No. 99, TSS WIM1. Much to the amusement of said crew, no sooner had Kristian given the instruction to 'Easy Oars' than out came Mike P's phone and there ensued much remonstrating (presumably with patients), establishment of the TGA Twitter feed and several snaps to satiate the desire of the ardent TGA Snapchat/Facebook/Twitter followers.

Once this burst of social media had abated, the crew turned to the other matter at hand ... the race - though at this point the rest of TGA felt that the intoxication of  social media and the multiple 'likes' etc had all gone to Mike P's head when he shouted across to TSS WIM1 that they should take heed when TGA rows past ... 

The race underway and TSS WIM1 cruising safely away over the horizon, the crew settled into a solid rhythm at 30 or so chased by a persistent Putney Town crew. Over the first part of the course, PTRC closed on TGA and the crew suffered a bit of a wobble in the excellent rhythm set by Ben Bridger at stroke. However, after some expert steering and some well-timed calls prompted by our stroke, we began to claw back the lost time as we came through Barnes.

Things were in danger of going soggy again in the final 500m, but thanks to some morale-boosting cheering from TSS HQ and a last call from Kristian we came home a respectable second of six, well beaten by a youthful-looking Thames crew but a very significant 0.9 seconds ahead of Putney Town. It should of course be recorded that TSS WIM1 had by this time racked their boat. 

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© Rod de St Crois

The juniors had a successful day at the South of England Indoor Rowing Championships, hosted by Hinksey Sculling Centre

In the individual events, Dom N won gold in J14, with Will getting silver the same race, while Dom V won bronze in another J14 division. There were also silver medals for Hope (WJ13), Albie (J13) and Anna (WJ14), and bronze for Gabriel (J13) and Hannah (WJ14).

The J13 team in action © Stephen Aitken

Albie, Dan and Gabriel teamed up to take silver in the J13 relay, and the J14s - Will, Dom V, Lenny and Oscar - also won silver.

A very pleased coach James Dunley said, 'Everyone got PBs, bettering their practice scores, which was great to see, and I was impressed with the way everyone turned up on time, got on with the warm-up and were in the start area at the right time. The relay changeovers were excellent, efficient and with the minimum of fuss. This all led to a very sucessful day overall, which was down to everyone's hard work and effort in training, especially the ergo sessions on a Friday night - well done!'

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Easter Sculling Course

Booking is now open for the Easter 2016 Alec Hodges Sculling Course

Tideway Scullers School ran five Alec Hodges sculling courses in 2015. All of them sold out. This year we will run five more, and we expect them to be equally popular.

The first of the year is at Easter, from 28 March to 1st April. This is a general course, for all ages and all abilities, and we usually find it is a pretty competitive one, with the rowing community looking to change gear from head racing to side-by-side racing. However unpredictable weather means that we discourage applications from juniors under the age of 13 at this time year.

The remaining four in the summer, starting from the middle of July. We deliberately choose weeks with the lowest tides for the stillest water, but the tideway can be fickle at any time of year.

Courses are generally for 30 to 35 attendees, divided into groups according to ability. They run Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include a hot lunch. For 2016, the course fee is £375.  

The courses are an excellent introduction to Tideway Scullers School, and to experience sculling on the tideway.

See the Sculling Courses pages for full information.




There was success for the club's men at the 2015/16 British Rowing Indoor Championships, again held at the Lee Valley VeloPark last Sunday. This was the second edition of BRIC, the inaugural event having been held in February.

Tim Male won the 30-39 lightweight men's event at the 2014/15 event earlier in the year, and now in the 2015/16 edition moved up to claim gold in 40-49 lightweight in a time of 6:19.3. Graham Benton, meanwhile, dominated 40-49 openweight, winning in 5:55.6 - 26.5 seconds ahead of second place.

Racing in the Year 11 boys' race, Calvin took silver, and Laurence was fourth.

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Volunteer of the Year Awards

Chris and his GB v France Match quad, 2013

Chris Williams was the Thames Region's overall regional winner at the 2015 British Rowing Volunteer of the Year Awards, which were held at the Cutlers' Hall on 28th November. He was also given a special lifetime achievement award.

His citation read:

The panel received a number of nominations in Chris's name, and with over twenty years' experience as a coach and an average of thirty coaching hours per week, he has achieved an enormous amount for our sport.

Chris has built a very successful programme for juniors at Tideway Scullers School, starting them off in small boats, encouraging their competitive spirit, and honing technique to enable them to reach their full potential.

Impressive results at all levels nationally, plus the selection of Lucas Rodd to row at the Junior World Championships in Rio this year, are proof positive that the programme is effective, as is the queue of young people applying to join the club each year.