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.
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.