Tuesday
Dec082015

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.

Monday
Dec072015

Wallingford Fours and Eights Head

© Prof Gleeson

Winds gusting at 40+ mph and white horses on the course made for a testing race for The Great Ache at Wallingford. Survival was the name of the game, which the crew duly achieved, coming in second in Masters E. No mean feat in the challenging conditions, with last year's heron-scaring, tree-pollarding and bank-visiting approach discarded and now a distant memory.

Many thanks to Chris Williams for lending the truck, and to Mike Hennessy and SPGS for doing the towing. LW

Crew: Marcus Hine, Doug Johnstone, Jan Koops, Noel Davison, Derek Bond, Mike Phelan, Ben Bridger, Chris Shea and Kristian Wentzel (cox)

Tuesday
Dec012015

Safety Notice

Rowing and Paddling Events Winter 2016

River closures:

  • 23 January Quintin Eights Head 10:00-13:30 (race start 11:00)
  • 20 February Hammersmith Head 12:00-15:00 (race start 13:00)
  • 5 March Women's Eights Head 11:45-15:15 (race start 12:45)
  • 17 March Schools Head 11:00-14:30 (race start 12:00)
  • 19 March Head of the River 12:30-16:00 (race start 13:30)
  • 20 March Vesta Veterans' Head 12:45-16:16 (race start 13:45)
  • 27 March The University Boat Races 13:10-16:45

The river will not be closed for the following events:

  • 24 January United Hospitals Winter Regatta 09:30-16:00
  • 7 February Dewar Shield 14:45-16:45
  • 14 February Boustead Cup 11:30-12:30
  • 6 March United Hospitals Head 13:00-17:0
  • 27/28 March Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 04:00-22:00

For further information, see the Notice to Mariners U15 of 2015.

Thursday
Nov122015

Racing Roundup

Fours Head and Veteran Fours Head

The club was well represented over a challenging weekend of tideway racing, with pennants won on both days.

At Saturday's Fours Head the Senior Men claimed both the Senior 4- (Adam Ridler, Stuart Heap, Tim Male and Adam Lodygowski) and IM1 4+ pennants (Bill Fields, Fred Gill, Eddie Beckett, Murray Wilkojc and cox Jonna De Vries), and were also second in Elite 4x. The Senior Women, meanwhile, showed their growing strenght in depth, with the WSenior 4- the third-fastest women's boat overall, and second in their category, s well as a second place in WIM2 4+ and third in both WIM1 4+ and 4-.

Then, on Sunday, there were was a win in Women's Masters E 4x (Ann-Isabel Walker, Jo Al-Janabi, Kasia Lawrence and Katie Robins), as well as for a Masters H 4x composite (Raymond Tollman and Michael Tebay, with Andy Kapica (Kingston) and Quintin's Dick Findlay).

Kingston Small Boats Head

Racing in glorious sunshine on the last day of October, the club had a very successful day upriver at Kingston.

In the morning division, Stefan and Oli had an excellent scull to win J16 2x, and Marcus also had a very good win in Junior 1x. The Senior Women, meanwhile, had two wins - Andrea Finn, Kate Grose, Judith Schulz and Rhona MacCallum in WIM2 4-, and Caroline Matthews, Rowi Mortimer, Livs Uguz and Elaine Johnstone, coxed by Sarah Davies, in WIM2 4+ - and a second place for the WIM2 4x.

Then, racing in Division 2, Laurence had an absolutely fantastic scull to win J16 1x by ten seconds. Meg won WIM2 1x, and the club also claimed the WIM3 2x pennant.

British Rowing Senior Championships

Alan Campbell won bronze, racing in a TSS/Agecroft/Borlase quad.

Tuesday
Nov032015

Head of the Charles

Mary Mortimer reports on the Masters Women's race in Boston:

Autumnal blue skies and sunshine were the backdrop to our race at 10:26 a.m. on Saturday 17th October. The weather forecast anticipated a cold snap, but in fact brought a fairly stiff headwind that would have stopped head races on the tideway. However, having trained together since January the crew - Phoebe Daws, CL Frnech, Clare Allen, Mary Mortimer, Adrianne Brewer, Clare Delmar, Zoe Burns and Xanthe Neale, coxed by Hilary Cook -took the ferocious conditions at the start in their stride.

Kitted out with a brand-new red and barely used Hudson courtesy of Community Rowing, Inc. at the Harry Parker Boathouse, we had an exciting race, taking excellent lines through the bridges, according to the race commentators, and narrowly missed a pile-up at the Weeks Brige.

We moved up two places on our start position, finishing 23rd out of 35, and achieved a very respectable time. A great time was had by all.