Easter Sculling Course

Booking is now open for the Easter 2016 Alec Hodges Sculling Course

Tideway Scullers School ran five Alec Hodges sculling courses in 2015. All of them sold out. This year we will run five more, and we expect them to be equally popular.

The first of the year is at Easter, from 28 March to 1st April. This is a general course, for all ages and all abilities, and we usually find it is a pretty competitive one, with the rowing community looking to change gear from head racing to side-by-side racing. However unpredictable weather means that we discourage applications from juniors under the age of 13 at this time year.

The remaining four in the summer, starting from the middle of July. We deliberately choose weeks with the lowest tides for the stillest water, but the tideway can be fickle at any time of year.

Courses are generally for 30 to 35 attendees, divided into groups according to ability. They run Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include a hot lunch. For 2016, the course fee is £375.  

The courses are an excellent introduction to Tideway Scullers School, and to experience sculling on the tideway.

See the Sculling Courses pages for full information.




There was success for the club's men at the 2015/16 British Rowing Indoor Championships, again held at the Lee Valley VeloPark last Sunday. This was the second edition of BRIC, the inaugural event having been held in February.

Tim Male won the 30-39 lightweight men's event at the 2014/15 event earlier in the year, and now in the 2015/16 edition moved up to claim gold in 40-49 lightweight in a time of 6:19.3. Graham Benton, meanwhile, dominated 40-49 openweight, winning in 5:55.6 - 26.5 seconds ahead of second place.

Racing in the Year 11 boys' race, Calvin took silver, and Laurence was fourth.

Click here for full results.


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.


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)


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.