World Cup III

Alan Campbell, representing Great Britain, won bronze in the heavyweight single at the third World Cup Regatta in Poznan, Poland.



Last Sunday saw the penultimate regatta of the season, at Egham. The course is 650m against the stream with two bends which always catch people out. A pleasure boat on the course and cruisers creating wash made for some interesting moments; still, there was some good racing and some good wins.

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Henley Women's Regatta

Winners of the Invesco Perpetual Trophy for Intermediate Club Eights

The club's women competed over all three days of Henley Women's Regatta, with seven crews making it through to Sunday, two of those contesting finals - and a win in Intermediate Club Eights.

Friday started with first-round time trials for most boats. First down the course was the Intermediate eight, posting the fastest time in the event. The Senior quad and double, and the three single scullers all went through, but the Club coxed four (Meg Hollands, Aba Carboo, Holly Smith, Lizzie Stutters and junior cox Megan) were fastest non-qualifiers by just half a second.

In the side-by-side racing, the Senior coxed four of Kate Grose, Caroline Matthews, Judith Schulz and Andrea Finn, coxed by Hilary Cook, had a convincing win over Putney Town; however, the other Senior boat, with Ava de Ryke, Amanda Chain, Becca Ewen and Lucy Ventress on board, went out to Newcastle University. In Senior lightweight singles, Rachael Davies had a one-length win over a OUWLRC sculler, but Jacqui Johnston went out to Sarah Lewis of Greenbank Falmouth. Katie Wilkinson-Feller chalked up an easily verdict in Senior singles, and the Senior quad - Charlotte Dexter, Livs Uguz and Rowi Mortimer for TSS, with Jess Belcher representing Bournemouth University - won by a length and a quarter over Birmingham University to round off a successful opening day.

On Saturday morning, Rachael won her quarter-final by a canvas, with Katie following an hour or so later with a more comfortable margin of three lengths, and then an easily verdict for the eight. the Senior four beat the US's Merrimack College by a length, but Ana-Lucia Limbrick lost her race in Elite singles to a sculler from the University of Massachusetts. In Senior doubles, Rhona MacCallum and Catherine O'Riordan had a two-length win over Molesey, and the quad crossed the line a length up on IC.

In Sunday's semi-finals, the Senior coxed four's run came to an end against Molesey, but it was still an impressive campaign by the Masters B crew. Rachael had an extremely tense race losing by a canvas to the Oxford Brookes sculler who went on to win Senior lightweight singles; the Senior quad and double also met the eventual winners in their semi-finals. Rebekah Edgar, in a composite lightweight pair with Oxford Brookes, also went out, to the Lea, but Katie booked her place in the final of Senior singles, and the eight dispatched City of Oxford in their semi-final. 

Katie took on Andrea Proske of Victoria City in the final of Senior singles. The win going to the Canadian sculler by three lengths, but as Katie is just nineteen her performance this year bodes very well for the future.

A dead heat and re-row on the other side of the Club eights draw meant that the final was put back to give Grosvenor as much time as possible to recover before the final. In the penultimate race of the day, the eight took an early lead, crossing the line a distance ahead of Grosvenor to take the Inveso Perpetual Trophy for Club Eights. This was the club's first win in an Intermediate-level event since 2003. The 2016 crew were Debbie Beadle, Marlie Carter Edwards, Maxi Scibor Rylska, Olivia Ambler, Annabel Headley, Emily Walters, Gemma Wheeler, Anna Terry and cox Sarah Davies. They raced in the new women's eight named for Claire McIntosh, who was in the successful 2003 Club coxed four (along with Andrea Finn) and in 2016 umpired the final of Club eights.


British Rowing Masters Championships

A small group went up to Nottingham to race at the British Rowing Masters Championships.

On Saturday, there was a silver medal for Mark Alloway, racing mixed masters F doubles with his sister Ruth Bradbury, in a TSS/Parr's Priory composite. They had also made the final in mixed E, where they finished fourth. Katie Robins and Kathryn Hickmott also took silver, in women's D doubles.

Pauline Peel was the club's sole representative on Sunday, winning women's E coxless fours in a TSS/Kingston/Mortlake/Barnes Bridge Ladies composite.


Barnes and Mortlake

Anna Murphie reports on the J14 boys' day of racing:

The J14 4x+ of Albie, Lenny, Will and Dylan , coxed by Ella, met bright and early to rig and ready the trusty Mrs B.

Their first race was against King's Canterbury and Whitgift, which they won from the Surrey station by two lengths. Then, after an hour or so's break, they won the final against Team Keane by four lengths.

They then split into doubles, and first up were Albie and Lenny, who looked solid throughout their race against King's Canterbury. After a rest and some much-needed refuelling, they were ready to face Dylan and Will in the semi-final. Having gone into battle against each other in varying combinations at several regattas previously, the winners of this race were Will and Dylan.

The other semi-final was Dom and Dan, who won over a Team Keane crew, so it was to be an all-TSS final. After a bit of boat-hopping before paddling up to marshal, both crews put in a strong performance, with the win going to Will and Dylan.

James Dunley reports on the Junior Women's races:

The JW had a very successful day at Barnes & Mortlake regatta, the last of the regattas on our home stretch.

The WJ16 double of Hero and Emma van Wachem won their event,a first, well-deserved win for Hero, who has recently joined us. Orla rowed well in the WJ15 singles and had a good race with Hester, just winning the contest between the two TSS girls by about a length.

The J14 girls were doubling up, also rowing in the J15 quads, which made timings tight. Unfortunately, the double of Ellie and Anna were disqualified for steering infringements; an appeal was made, but to no avail - though the umpire was impressed that the girls came to put their point of view across! The double of Hannah and Amalia rowed well in their first round to progress to the final, where they also triumphed. These two had already raced in the WJ15 quad with Emma and Hester, with Amalia's sister Ava standing in as cox at the last minute! They raced the other TSS quad of Eva, Orla, Anna and Georgia, with Ellie in the cox's seat, in the final. It was a good race between two pretty well matched quads with the former just edging out to a just over a length's win.

Well done to all the girls who rowed - some great racing.