Oarsport Junior Sculling Head

The Scullery, a 3600-metre head raced over two legs on Dorney Lake, attracted 590 crews this year. Among them were five Scullers quads, who produced some terrific results.

There were wins for the J16 and J15 boats, while the WJ15s were third (of 71!), the WJ16s fifth of 36 and the WJ14s sixth from 58.

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Schools Head

Owing to poor conditions, the Schools Head was raced over a radically shortened course, finishing at the bandstand.

The champ quad finished 117th overall in a time of 5:46.2, and the mixed quad were 155th, and second in their category, in 5:52.0.

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Kingston Head

WJ18 quad © Prof Gleeson

The Junior Women won both of their quad events at Kingston Head on Saturday.

Racing in Division 1, the WJ16 crew of Amalia, Jessie, Emma and Izzy finished 1.8 seconds ahead of Sir William Perkins' School to take the pennant, while the WJ16 eight were third in their category and 69th in an overall field of 135. Then, in the second division, Orla, Izzy, India and Charley won WJ18. 

WJ16 eight © Prof Gleeson

Also racing in the first division - and its first race back after being severed in two - the 100 Club quad was given a second maiden voyage over the Kingston course to achieve second place in Masters E.

Masters E quad © Prof Gleeson

In the afternoon, the TSS/Tyne composite (Hugh Williams, Roger Swift, Jamie Priestley, Peter Watts, Antony Constantinidi, Tim Sanders, Dickie Clarke and David Sprague, coxed by Guy Greaves) won Masters F. 

Meanwhile, infirmity having scythed through the ranks of the TGA faithful, the remaining functioning regulars raced with subs of impeccable variety and secured a solid third place in Masters E.

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Many thanks to Prof Gleeson for the photos and Lawrence Williams for the report


Women's Head

Forty-two of the club's women, from J15s to Masters, raced in the Women's Head, with the four all-TSS crews, as well as the Masters B composite, all finishing within the top 75 crews.

TSS A - Georgina Grandfield, Charlotte Dexter, Sally Trump, Fran Rawlins, Katy Wilkinson-FellerOlivia Uguz, Rowi Mortimer and Anna Terry, steered by Tintin Stutter - were 10th overall, and won the Intermediate pennant.

In the Masters event, the TSS/Quintin/Kingston/London boat put in a strong performance to finish 28th - and just 0.4 seconds ahead of TSS B, who were 30th - and were third-placed Masters crew on handicap. In the combined Masters event, the club was also represented in an eight-club G boat and an F TSS/Walbrook boat.

TSS C achieved their target of a top-50 finish, coming 46th in the final rankings, while the half-junior, half-senior TSS D were 73rd.


TSS A 19:04.1
TSS B 19:47.7
TSS C 20:06.3
TSS D 20:30.1
Masters B 19:47.3 (19:35.3 adjusted)
Masters F 22:25.4 (20:37.4 adjusted)
Masters G 22:16.5 (19:59.5 adjusted)

Hammersmith Head

The Senior Men were third overall - and second-fastest men, just 4.1 seconds behind a Molesey/IC dead heat - at Hammersmith Head, which secured the IM2 pennant.

The Senior Women's second eight had their second win of the season, taking WIM1, and the club had a share in two women's masters pennants: the TSS/Quintin/Kingston/London masters B crew won the B/C/D handicap event, and were sixth-fastest women's crew on raw time, while the TSS/Thames/Barnes Bridge Ladies/Kingston/Mortlake F boat won E/F.

The women's first eight were second in Senior, the masters women third in E/F, and the two WIM3 eights were seventh and tenth respectively.

Meanwhile, Masters F provided a race-off for the club's veteran men's groups, as Lawrence Williams reports:

Armed neutrality will only take you so far. What you need is open confrontation in the same age group, and Hammersmith Masters F provided it.

TGA (The Great Ache - parents of TSS ex-juniors) started two ahead of  LGF (Les Grands Fromages - the veteran men), having waited in the warm club house to boat late in the hope that an hour marshallining in the teeming rain would turn the Fromages a bit soggy. In fact, the sun came out, so that worked well.

Both crews set off at 31/32 and nothing much happened until Chiswick Eyot, when LGF started to make ground. Approaching the finish, LGF came up around the outside and the chairman's cortège swept into glorious proximity (not ahead, actually), under Hammersmith Bridge.

First slice to the Fromages, coming third with TGA fourth.

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