Monday
May232016

Ghent

Thirty-eight athletes from the men's and women's senior squads travelled to Belgium for the International May Regatta.

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Monday
May232016

Borne@Chiswick Bridge

The juniors and masters raced on home water at Borne@Chiswick Bridge regatta.

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Tuesday
May032016

International Selection

Three TSS members have been selected to the Great Britain Rowing Team for regattas in May.

Alan Campbell claimed his ninth win in the single at GB final trials back in March, and the following month was named as the single sculler at the European Championships, to be held in Brandenburg on 6-8 May. 

Also racing in Germany will be juniors Meg and Marcus, who have been selected for the International Junior Regatta held at Munich over the same weekend. Marcus is in the sweep group, while Meg is one of six women scullers. 

Adam Lodygowski, from the Senior Men's group, represented Poland at the first World Cup of the season, held in Varese in April. Racing in the lightweight four, his crew finished ninth overall.

 

Tuesday
May032016

Wallingford

The TSS Juniors sent a small but select group to Wallingford after the mass participation at Chiswick the day before. An 8.30 start meant leaving TSS at 6.30 for the J16 4+ of Oli, Stefan, Calvin and Laurence with Cosmo coxing. Getting the boys awake for the heat was a struggle, but they woke up after about 500m and rowed confidently past Eton to win and go to the final where they faced the best J16 rowers from Hampton, St Paul's, Latymer Upper and London Oratory. The crew were under strict instructions to go out really hard, and this they did, leading by a second from Latymer at 500, extending this to three seconds at halfway, with the best rowing they have done to date. At 1500m they were still three seconds up but St Paul's were closing. A cool last 500 saw the boys just hold off St Paul's to win by 0.8 s, with the rest of the field four seconds back. Chris and Smithy (the St Paul's coach) had been eagerly anticipating the clash all year and weren't disappointed.

Only seventy minutes after the fours race the J16s boated for the J18 quads but this was really too short a break and despite sculling well they were just too tired. The J18 quad of Sam, Marcus, Michael and Luke fared better and were 13th fastest of 30 crews. This didn't quite get them into the repechage but was still a good scull.

The junior contingent was completed with Meg in WJ18 sculls, who won her heat well then similarly dominated the final, beating a sculler who had featured in the recent GB Junior trials. So this was a good result to put her in good heart for Munich Junior Regatta, for which she and Marcus have been selected.

The Senior Men also attended, with the club four of Eddie Beckett, Tom Chung, Marcus Jonas and Tom Bond coxed by Ruairadh McPhee doing the best, winning their heat to make the final then losing by less than two seconds. CFW

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Tuesday
May032016

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