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.