Sculling Courses

Andrew Eames reports on the Easter Alec Hodges Sculling Course:

Club regulars would have noticed that the first Alec Hodges course of the year took place from 28th March to 1st April. For the previous two years we've had brilliant early season weather for this Easter course, but this time we had Storm Katie on the first day, and a raging torrent for most of the week, with the landwater coming over Teddington weir at 270 cubic metres/second, four times faster than average.

These are not ideal conditions in which to learn to handle a single scull for the first time (as was the case with most of the course participants). Nevertheless, thanks to the expertise of the coaches by the end of the week we held both a time trial and side-by-side racing on turbulent tides.

As you might expect, many experienced the Tideway from all possible angles during the course, including one sculler who recorded his 360-degree eskimo roll with a camera mounted on his stern.

The next Alec Hodges courses are in the summer, when the river should be a lot more friendly. Please see our Sculling Courses section for details.

Many thanks to Stefan Paetow for kindly sharing his video.


Vesta Veterans' Head

The club was very well represented at the Vesta Veterans' Head, in five all-TSS crews and four composites, and secured the women's headship for the third successive year.

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Head of the River

The club fielded four eights in the Head of the River Race, with three of those boats finishing in the top hundred.

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Schools Head

The J16s rounded off a successful winter with a decisive win at the Schools Head. Oli, Stefan, Calvin and Laurence, coxed by Cosmo, took the J16 Fours pennant twenty-six seconds clear of the second-placed crew in a time of 19:58. The only other four to go under twenty minutes were the winners of the School/Junior event.

In School/Junior Quads, the Scullers crew finished fourteenth in the thirty-boat field.

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Women's Eights Head

Six Tideway Scullers crews took to the water for the 2016 Women's Eights Head of the River Race, equalling the largest entry for this year and showcasing the increase in popularity of women's rowing at the club.

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