Wingfield Sculls

Mimi Carlton became the first TSS woman to race in the Wingfield Sculls when she took on the Championship Course on 13th October.

The four-boat women's race was won by Jess Leyden of Leander.



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).


September News

Bernie Thompson

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+.

Click here for full results 


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.

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2016-17 Season

© Rhona MacCallum

Start-of-season meetings for the TSS Senior Squads will be held this Saturday, 3rd September. If you would like to get involved, get in touch: men@tidewayscullers.com and women@tidewayscullers.com.

The Bernie Thompson Challenge Sculls will take place on Sunday 25th September.


International Rowing

This summer, the club was represented at the very highest level as members were selected to GB Rowing teams.

In Rio, Alan Campbell made his fourth successive appearance at an Olympic Games. He won his heat on the opening day of the regatta, and second place in the quarter-final, behind eventual silver-medal winner Damar Martin of Croatia, took Alan through to the A/B semi-final. There, he finished fourth, and unfortunately was withdrawn on medical grounds prior to the B final.

At the Coupe de la Jeunesse, held in Poznan earlier in the summer, Marcus was in the four that won gold on both days of the regatta, while Meg's quad won silver on the Sunday, having finished fourth the day before in an incredibly close race that had the silver, bronze and fourth-placed crews crossing the line less than 0.8 seconds apart.

Former TSS junior Saskia Budgett raced in the under-23 coxless four at the combined junior, under-23 and senior World Championships in Rotterdam, finishing fourth. Susannah Duncan, another ex-TSS junior, was sixth in the under-23 lightweight quad.

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