Foot of Britain Row

Club members Caroline Matthews and Judith Schulz, and former member Carrie Thomas, were part of the eight-woman team who set a new world record by completing a 320-nm relay row along the south coast of the UK.

The challenge started at Sennen Cove in Cornwall, crossing the start line at Lands End at 5:55 pm on Saturday 12 August, and finished by passing North Foreland, Kent, five days, eighteen hours and twenty-five minutes later.

The team - Guin Batten, Helen Hankey, Anna Childs, Morag Van Niekerk and Lou Reeve alongside the TSS contingent - needed all their skills to take their tiny coastal double around some of the most challenging headlands in the UK, rowing for up to sixteen hours a day, starting before sunrise and finishing after sunset - and on only 22 hours' sleep in five days. 

They ran tidal races of Lands End, the Lizard and Start Point, and punched foul tides around St Albans Head and Portland Bill. Strong winds meant that the team had a nail-biting twelve-hour wait on Camber Sands until finally, in the fading light on day four, the winds dropped long enough for them to make it off the beach and slip around Dungeness in five-metre-high seas. Had they not completed this leg when they did, the team would have had to abandon the challenge due to worsening weather.

As well as setting a new record, the Foot of Britain team rowed in support of two wonderful charities, Mind and the Youth Sport Trust. Please click on the links to make a donation!

Full details of the challenge can be found on the Foot of Britain Row Facebook page.


International rowing

At the World under-23 Championships, held in Plovdiv, all three TSS athletes reached the finals of their respective events. Saskia Budgett won gold in the W 4x, and David Ambler took bronze as part of the M 8+, while Meg Saunders's W 4- was sixth. Kieran Clark, coach of the TSS Senior Women, was appointed as coach to the GB men's 2x, who also won gold.

At the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazewinkel, Luke won gold on both days with the JM 4-. Laurence, racing in the JM 2x, won bronze on the Saturday, and then silver on Sunday.

In Augst, Meg Saunders was also selected to the GB women's eight racing at the inaugrual European under-23 Championships.


British Rowing Offshore Championships

The club was represented by Judith Schulz and Caroline Matthews at the inaugural British Rowing Offshore Championships, held at Sandbanks in Dorset.

Racing in a TSS/Leander composite with GB internationals Louisa Reeve and Imogen Walsh, coxed by Oxford Boat Race winner Erin Wysocki-Jones, the quad took and early lead, which they maintained throughout the race to win in 30:48.

Reporting on the event, Judith said: 'As a competitor I loved the side-by-side start, including having to jump in, get feet in (though Caroline didn't bother and just raced the entire thing feet out), and then do a race start to get ahead before everyone piles around the first buoyed turn. The finish is a short sprint away from the landing spot, which sounds simple except that your legs are like lead after the row. 

'There was great camaradery, made possible by everyone hanging out together at the start/finish line, rather than being separated by a 2km+ distance.

'Having conditions change at every turn made the race more interesting you have to deal with a headwind/tailwind/side-on wind, plus riding the wavers or ploughing through - or having them come side-on. The waves were quite tame in the scheme of ocean rowing, so here's to next year with hopefully proper waves!'

Claire McInotsh was also in action as an umpire, and said, 'It was a whole new experience: umpiring from a RIB with multiple other umpires, and five races in about four hours (Junior Champs ran on five-minute intervals), with heats and finals on different-length courses. Then beach starts, crews standing in the sea, a buoyed course but the boys are probably 800-900 metres apart and the crews all have their own views on the best route from one to another!'


Summer racing roundup

Home International Regatta

Gold medals for Alex and Dent in the England JM 8+ and JM 4- at Stratclyde Park.

Doggett's Coat and Badge

A decisive win for young waterman Jack Keech, finishing the London Bridge to Cadogan Pier course in 25:30, more than a minute and a half ahead of second place.


A win for Adam Ridler, racing Elite 8+ in a TSS/Molesey/Broxbourne composite.


A win on Saturday for the TSS/Henley Tier 3 2-.


British Rowing Junior Championships

The club took its largest ever contingent - thirty-three crews - to the Junior Brit Champs, and had a fantastically successful weekend, finishing second in the Victor Ludorum to Henley, who are acknowledged to have the best club junior programme in the country. We won two golds, three silvers and three bronzes, and had other close calls, so all in all a great regatta.

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