A large entry from across the club's squads brought some outstanding results in the Pairs Head, including nine pennants and a clutch of second and third places, and a great start to the new season.
The club's top-placed finishers were Nick Marriott and Murray Wilkojc, who were second overall and won IM2 2x. Also in the top ten were Sean Blake and Kieran Brown (fifth overall; second in Elite 2x), and Senior 2x winners Nathan O'Reilly and Niall Kenny.
Adam Ridler and Adam Lodygowski won Senior 2-, and were the third-fastest pair, while Jack Keech and Rob Hogan, fifteenth overall, were third in IM2 2x. Juniors Marcus and Luke were a very creditable twenty-second overall, as well as winners of J18 2-.
The Senior Women had three top-ten places: Mimi Carlton and Georgina Grandfield (fourth overall; third in WElite 2x); Rhona MacCallum and Katy Wilkinson-Feller (sixth, and unopposed in WSenior 2x) and Bethan Walters and Livs Uguz (second in WIM2 2x). Rachel Francis and Anna Terry were fourth women's pair, and third in WSenior.
The women's pennants went to Debbie Beadle and Kate Erickson in WIM2 2x, Katie Potter and Charlotte Dexter in WIM3 lightweight 2x, and Caroline Matthews and Rowi Mortimer in WIM3 2x.
Masters Roger Swift and Peter Watts won G 2x, with a TSS/Tyne composite in second place, and Jo Al-Janabi and Kasia Lawrence took WF/G/H 2x. Mark Alloway and Ruth Bradbury, racing as TSS/Parr's Priory, were third in Mixed F/G 2x.
Two TSS vet men's eights took a trip down to Rouen in early October to race on the Seine, on the 7km round-the-island course beneath the spire of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, the highest in France.
With the hotel just round the corner, the crews were called to a sumptuous breakfast by the stupendous sound of a carillon of fifty-six bells weighing in at 740 tons of iron and bronze. Nobody was late.
In bright sunshine and on an incoming tide with a following wind going upstream, the G eight reached the top of Ile Lacroix ahead of the E boat. By the time the crews returned the positions were reversed and only the sunshine remained favourable.
With just a single category for all masters, moral victories were easy to come by and attention turned to the evening's entertainment. This surpassed all expectations, with hundreds seated in a single room, excellent food, good service and an ear-splitting disco to follow, where moustachioed septuagenarian coaches were bodysurfed round the dance floor by their crews.
All in all, another great weekend and thanks to Nic for his superb organisation and to Putney Town for towing the boats. LW
E crew: Christopher Nugee, Marcus Hine, Derek Bond, Mike Phelan, Rob Ashworth, Tim Sanders, David Dewhurst, Ben Bridger, Kristian Wentzel (cox).
G crew: Hugo Williams, Angus McIntosh, Simone Frehe (PTRC), Robert Rakison, Mike Gleeson, Doug Johnstone, Nic Karonias, Chris Shea, Beverley Johnstone (cox).
The 2016-17 season officially got under way with the Bernie Thompson Challenge Sculls, raced from the club to Barn Elms and back.
The overall winner was Alan Campbell, but the Bernie Thompson trophy - for the fastest non-elite sculler - went to Tim Male and Mimi Carlton was fastest woman.
World Masters Regatta
Closing the 2016 regatta season, a large contingent of the club's masters women raced at the World Masters Regatta in Copenhagen.
Honours went to Pauline Peel, who won three medals in composite sweep crews - E 4+, F 4+ and F 8+.
Great Ouse Marathon
The club had three entries this year, and once again set records on the 21.6km course made tricky with an intermittently unhelpful and blustery westerly wind.
Caroline Matthews broke the WIM3 1x record and finished 36th, and her 1:45.43 is the fastest-ever time for a women's single over the course. Roger Swift set a Masters G 2x record in a Yare/TSS composite, coming in 19th overall in 1:41.41.
Meanwhile in Masters D The Great Ache, spanking along at 28 for the hour and half race and coming 9th, maintained their own record of hitting the bank at least once a year, this time due to the efforts of an apologetic sculler unaware that the river wasn’t straight. We also learnt something: when you try to push off against standing reeds, nothing happens.
It was our fourth enjoyable year at the Ouse, not least as a result of organising a tour of Ely cathedral and its spectacular Octagon tower. LW
The Great Ache was manned by Marcus Hine, Doug Johnstone, Jan Koops, Lawrence Williams, Derek Bond, Rob Ashworth, Ben Bridger, Chris Shea and cox Kristian Wentzel.