« May 2019 : National Schools Regatta | Main | 2018 Autumn Heads »

May 2019 : Ghent Regatta 

TSS travelled to Ghent Regatta, held over the second weekend in May, with a largely female contingent to test out some newly formed combinations and gain some valuable race experience.

The majority of the squad raced in two events per day - double what we've targeted in previous years.
TSS got off to a solid start on Saturday with heat wins in the W4, W2- and W1x, setting up some good medal-winning opportunities along with the crews that went straight into A finals.  Our women's pair of Katie Potter and Kate Wagstaff had a shaky start with only one blade in the water for each of the first two strokes, but quickly got onto their rhythm to push out to clear water by 300m and dominated the race from then on to take gold.
Two Scullers coxless fours raced an all British final against Thames and Molesey, with TSS taking 4th and 5th, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal in the last 250m and certainly learning some lessons about their race plan.
Katy Wilkinson Feller put in a commanding performance in the W1x, leading from the first stroke to take gold over scullers from Molesey and Nottingham and this was quickly followed up with a Silver from James Sanders in the Lightweight Men's 1x.
Following some assessment of Saturday's results, TSS started stronger on Sunday, with even more heat wins putting crews into A final positions.
The second day of Ghent only offers Gold and Silver in some events and Scullers made a fantastic start by taking both of them in the W2-; an outstanding result for Alice Bloomer and Aisling Brown who are new at TSS this year.
Again we had two W4- in the A final who took the race on early, coming away this time with third and fourth positions in a closer race.  This was followed immediately after by another clear water win for Katy Wilkinson Feller in the W1x - a great weekend for her after several seasons of Summer injuries.
Sunday's final medals came from the W8 who took silver 1 length behind Molesey and James Sanders who turned around Saturday's result to take a fantastic gold in the LM1x.
Overall a solid weekend for Tideway Scullers - some great racing, lots to work on going forward and five gold and three silver medals coming back to the boathouse.