Annual General Meeting: Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 7.00pm


Chiswick Amateur

Chiswick Regatta is usually a frantic event of boat swapping, delays due to cruisers and general mayhem. This year lived up to form, with TSS having eleven doubles in five boats and three quads in two boats, but we got to the end with no one disqualified and some wins.

The club's oldest competitors were the two novice doubles from the Junior Men's group, with Josh and Don winning the all-TSS final against Adam and Seb. The quad of Sam, Alex, Milo and Seb, coxed by Ella, won the first round, then in the final got pushed really hard by Kingston to win by just half a length, going over the course at rate 37. Alex and Dom then joined forces to win the heat, semi-final and then final of J14 doubles, sculling well. Sam and Milo joined Alfie, who was returning from breaking his collar bone, and Theo in a coxed four with Ella coxing to narrowly lose the J15 4+ final to Westminster. This was a really good performance for a scratch crew.

Meanwhile Jimbo's J14 group were also jumping in and out of boats. The girls' quad with Ana, Hannah, Amalia and Ellie coxed by Sienna, won two rounds very convincingly, but were unfortunately beaten in the final. Hopefully victory will be theirs next time. The boys' quad of Albie, Lenny, Will and Dylan, again with Ella coxing.

In doubles, first up were Dan and Oscar, followed by Dom T and Gabriel in the next race. Both doubles put in good performances, but did not go through to the next round. Next were Dylan and Albie, both J13 but racing J14, who won their first two races before meeting their quadmates Will and Lenny in the semi-final. Will and Lenny then had a good win in the final, in the very last race of the day.

The Junior Women had a number of crews, with the most successful being Eva and Hester, who won the J15 doubles final despite taking the great circle route round the Surrey bank which made their course much longer.

So six wins, some good racing experience and some excellent coxing experience for Ella and Sienna who both steered really well. AM



TSS junior boys all won medals, and helped Thames London to the boys' Victor Ludorum, at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta.

Full report to follow


Hammersmith Amateur

The juniors kicked off the regatta season with wins at Hammersmith Amateur Regatta. 

The J14 boys won the coxed quads event by a length over Claires Court, thena few races later Emma sculled to a three-length victory in WJ16 singles.

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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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