The decision has been taken to cancel tomorrow's Head of the River race due to the strength and prevailing direction of the wind as forecast.
The club has two eights in the Head of the River Race on Saturday. The first eight (Senior category) starts at number 24 and the second eight (Intermediate 2) starts at 189. All support along the course would be gratefully received. Quintin is one of only a handful of clubs to have competed in every official Head of the River Race since its inception in 1926 - quite a record! The race starts at 14:15 GMT and is over the traditional championship course from Mortlake to Putney.
The full starting order may be found at http://www.horr.co.uk/wordpress/draw/, where an Excel spreadsheet may be downloaded.
The next day sees the masters take to the water. Quintin has an interest in four crews in this race: our captain is competing in a composite London / Quintin eight, starting 15th and one of 14 Masters B crews; the Masters E composite with Tyrian starts at number 102 in a field of 39 while the "Barflies" are in the men's Masters F category, starting at number 111, followed closely by the "supervets" Masters F crew at number 115, with 19 Masters F crews overall.
The full starting order may be found at http://9f0db76548b7fa184c81cf2d-evm7yyswhu5jxti0l0q.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/Vets-Head-2017-Draw-1.pdf.
The club had an interest in three crews at the Kingston Head on Saturday: Our senior squad entered a crew in the Senior category and another in Intermediate 2, while our masters teamed up with Tyrian to form a Masters E composite. Our masters F crew unfortunately had to scratch as they were unable to obtain the services ofa coxswain, their regular cox being unavailable. There were two divisions, one rowed at 11:00am and the other at 2:00pm - all our crews wee in division 2. Our Senior crew completed the course in 15 min. 58.9 sec, placing them seventh in division 2 and tenth overall, while the IM2s clocked 16 min. 54.9 sec, 23rd in division 2 and 41st overall. The masters pipped the second eight by 4½ seconds, finishing 21st in division 2 and 39th overall in a time of 16 min. 50.4 sec, which was good enough to win them the Masters E eights pennant with 21 seconds to spare over next fastest Walton.
For details of the pennant-winning crew see the
The full results may be found on the Kingston Rowing Club website at http://www.kingstonrc.co.uk/kingston-heads-and-regattas/kingston-head-of-the-river.
There was Quintin interest in one crew at Women's Eights Head of the River this weekend. Beks Edgar raced in crew number 63, a Quintin/TSS/Kingston/ULBC Masters B composite. The crew finished 28th (out of 295 finishers), completing the course in a raw time of 19:47.3, nearly a minute clear of the nearest Masters B opposition, making them the fastest Masters B crew but just 3rd in the handicapped masters race (across all masters categories A-G).
The crew were very pleased to have placed so highly in making the top 30 crews on raw time, and with a handicapped time that would have put them closer to the top 20. They were however disappointed not to have placed higher in the handicap event for the pennant, finding themselves just the wrong side of an age category.
They are now targeting Veterans Head in two weeks time, where 75% of the crew will race again, aiming to be the fastest women's crew overall.
Full results are at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2440gUcKeNTVTBwRnRNTnlkd0k/view.
A post-race photograph of the crew may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2540.
the club's masters had two crews rowing in the Hammersmith Head on Sunday, and also an interest in a composite Tideway Scullers / Quintin / Kingston crew. The "supervets" put out a Masters F eight (average age 60-64), as did the "Barflies", and Beks Edgar was competing in a women's Masters B eight. The day started wet with strong winds from the south-east creating near-sinking conditions on our home reach in the early morning, as our "supervets" discovered when they went out for a practice at 8:00 am. However by the time the race started the rain had stopped and the wind had veered to the south and west, giving predominantly tail-wind conditions over the course, with the occasional burst of sunshine in between the rain-heavy clouds. The race started shortly after 9:30 am, but our veterans, starting at numbers 237, 240 and 242, had to wait until past 11 o'clock before they could get underway.
The "supervets" set off at a brisk pace and overtook the Putney Town 'F' crew before the White Hart and then set about closing down the Masters E division in front of them, eventually catching Marlow RC on the finishing line. They completed the course in 11 min. 32.76 sec, just over 10 seconds quicker than Thames, the second fastest Masters F crew. Their time also beat those of all the Masters E crews and only London beat them in Masters D. Their overall finishing position was 64th and the crew's performance entitles it to the Masters E/F handicap pennant. The "Barflies" decided on a more leisurely approach and completed the course in 12 min. 45.16 sec, placing them 180th overall.
Meanwhile the women's Masters B composite were giving the "supervets" a run for their money, completing the course in 11 min. 36.35 sec, only 3½ seconds slower. They were the faster of the two WMas B crews by 32 seconds, finished 73rd overall, and were the sixth-fastest women's crew, winning teh women's Masters B/C/D pennant.
The full results may be found at http://www.mikrotime.com/rowing/row2017/hamh17.html, and take a look at our Pennant Winners Chart.
The club's first and second eights were competing at the Reading University Head on Saturday. As expected, the race was dominated by Oxford Brookes University, who won six of the thirteen available pennants. Our first VIII, rowing in the Senior category in division 2, finished eighth out of ten in a time of 13 min. 42.8 sec. Our second VIII, also in division 2 but in the IM2 category, were fifteenth out of eighteen in a time of 14 min. 37.6 sec.
The full results may be found at http://readinguniversityboatclub.co.uk/results/.
There was a record entry for the Quintin Head this year and the limit of 250 crews was reached on the Tuesday before entries closed. Inevitably for the time of the year there were a number of scratchings after entries closed, due to illness or injury. On the day a number of crews also scratched and one or two had equipment failure on the river before the race started and were unable to compete. This left 235 to complete the course from just below Hammersmith Bridge to the davit at Chiswick Staithe without major incident.
The weather gods smiled once again - daytime temperatures had risen a good few degrees since earlier in the week and, after a rain shower before racing started, the sun shone intermittently throughout the race. There was also a very moderate breeze blowing from the south.
Racing commenced just three minutes late at 12:18 pm and the last crew crossed the start line at half past one, and the finish line (a different crew!) at 1:50 pm, so well done the crew marshals, that's an average interval of just over 18 seconds, including a four-minute holdup in the middle of the race! An hour and a half after the last crew crossed the finish line, the provisional results were published, so well done the timing teams!
Now for the racing! Thames Rowing Club dominated the event, finishing head of the river and also taking the men's Senior pennant. They also won the men's and the women's Intermediate 2 events and the women's Novices pennant. As was rather expected, Cambrdige University's Elite women's crew were the fastest women's eight and finished 25th overall, only 48 seconds behind the overall winners.
As well as Thames, there were other multiple pennant winners. Westminster School won men's Junior 18 and Junior 16 pennants with their 2nd and 3rd VIIIs, while Latymer Upper won both men's and women's Junior 15. Henley Rowing Club won the women's Junior 18 pennant and also the men's Masters D category (with the help of their neighbours from Upper Thames). In the other masters categories Weybridge won both the men's Masters E category and the women's Masters B-E handicap.
The Quintin Senior VIII finished 15th overall and their IM3 crew, with one late substitute forcing it to row as IM2, finished 61st. Only 7½ seconds behind them were the Quintin "Supervets", racing for and winning the men's Masters F pennant. This crew were also pleased to note that their time beat those of all the men's Masters E crews and all but two of the Masters D.
The full results may be found at quintinhead/results.php?date=2017-01-28.
Photographs of the pennant winners may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2505.
Photographs of the three Quintin crews may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2529.
The first Tideway Head of 2017 is fast approaching - only fourteen days to go. We hope that all club members will be involved - either rowing or helping to run this prestigious event. Over the years the race has grown from a small affair involving a few dozen crews to one of the major eights races on the Tideway Thames, with over 200 eights competing. So this is a call to all club members to make sure you are involved. If you are not in a competing crew or have not already volunteered to help get in touch with Adrian Ballardie by emailing email@example.com.
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