Eight of our members ventured up to Nottingham this weekend to take part in the British Rowing Masters Championships and came away with a creditable sixth place in the victor ludorum on 252 points. The club had an interest in fourteen events over the two days, with eight sculling events on Saturday and six sweep-oar events on Sunday.
Mark Chatwin was our first competitor to race, in a heat of Masters B single sculls at 9:40. Mark finished second and went on to finish third in the final at 10:56 winning the bronze medal.
Race 111 - 09:40: Masters B 1x - Eliminator 1
|1||1||T Carter (Upper Thames RC)||1:56.20||4:04.12|
|2||5||M Chatwin (Quintin BC)||1:58.10||4:11.87|
|3||3||D Muse (Durhan ARC)||1:56.70||4:19.71|
|4||2||M Perez-Milans (Hillingdon RC)||2:07.90||4:37.93|
|DNS||4||K Kolimechkov (Twickenham RC)|
Race 130 - 10:56: Masters B 1x - Final
|1||2||D Smith (Leicester RC)||1:50.30||3:57.99|
|2||1||T Carter (Upper Thames RC)||1:54.10||4:03.62|
|3||4||M Chatwin (Quintin BC)||2:06.80||4:05.00|
|4||3||M Pullen (Greenbank Falmouth RC)||1:54.50||4:06.57|
|5||6||E Adams (Huntingdon RC)||2:06.30||4:17.76|
|6||5||D Muse (Durhan ARC)||2:13.60||4:24.41|
Tom Bishop's first race was the final of Masters G quad sculls, in a Dart Totnes-Wallingford-Quintin composite. Tom's crew won with a four second margin over Durham ARC, gaining Tom his first gold medal of the day.
Race 135 - 11:16: Masters G 4x - Final
|1||5||Dart Totnes / Quintin / Wallingford||1:49.70||3:45.98|
|4||3||Dart Totnes RC||1:57.50||4:00.78|
Beks Edgar followed this up with a win in Women's Masters B quad sculls in a QBC/TSS/MAABC composite.
Race 136 - 11:20: Women's Masters B 4x - Final
|1||1||QBC / TSS / MAABC||1:51.40||3:51.51|
|5||3||Avon County RC||DNA||4:16.10|
Mark Chatwin and Ken Almand raced in a heat of Masters C double sculls at 12:16, finishing third and then fifth in the final at 13:44.
Race 145 - 12:16: Masters C 2x -Eliminator 1
|DNS||4||Putney Town RC|
Race 167 - 13:44: Masters C 2x - Final
Tom Bishop notched up his second win of the day in the final of Masters H single sculls at 14:12.
Race 174 - 14:12: Masters H 1x - Final
|1||2||T Bishop (Quintin BC)||2:10.30||4:28.56|
|2||3||G Petelin (Upper Thames RC)||2:18.50||4:39.72|
|3||1||C Parry (Wallingford RC)||2;17.90||4:41.54|
|4||4||A Cooke (Minerva Bath RC)||2;17.50||4:58.07|
|5||5||J Harris (Dart Totnes RC)||2:31.60||5:06.10|
Due to scratchings the Women's Masters B double sculls was redrawn as two eliminators with three from each heat to progress to the final. In Eliminator 1 at 15:52 Beks Edgar (QBC) and Lorna Cardwell (MAABC) finished second and they then went on to finish second in the final at 17:08 to win the silver medal.
Race 196 - 15:52: Women's Masters B 2x - Eliminator 1
|2||4||QBC / MAABC||2:12.70||4:33.93|
|4||5||Upper Thames RC||2:13.30||4;36.61|
Race 215 - 17:08: Women's Masters B 2x - Final
|2||4||QBC / MAABC||2;14.80||4:33.00|
|4||3||Putney Town RC||2;19.30||4:42.42|
|6||6||Peterborough City RC||2:26.70||4:55.88|
The race immediately before this was the final of the Masters H/I double sculls handicap. Tom Bishop and Charles Parry (Wallingford RC) were required to give the scullers from Nottingham a 26 second start, which they managed to pull back by 400m. After the race Tom and Charles spoke to the Nottingham double and found out that their average age was 86. Tom said "We felt they had done better than us staying alive and racing at that age... they should have got an even bigger handicap as the handicap they got was based on J age and they are actually K."
Race 214 - 17:04: Masters H/I 2x Handicap - Final
|1||3||QBC / WRC||2:34.20||4:49.96|
|3||4||Southsea RC / Guildford RC||2:46.10||5:11.49|
Prior to this, at 16:16, Ken Almand was competing in an eliminator of Masters D single sculls and finished fourth, but did not qualify for the final as one of the three fastest losers.
Race 202 - 16;16: Masters D 1x - Eliminator 3
|1||1||R Humphrey (Poplar Blackwall & D)||2:03.50||4:21.95|
|2||5||I Jones (Grosvenor RC)||2:09.70||4:25.25|
|3||2||T Hockley (Norwich RC)||2:11.00||4:28.08|
|4||4||K Almand (Quintin BC)||2:13.00||4:35.23|
|DNF||3||T Duke (St Andrew BC)|
Here endeth the first day's racing! Medal tally Day 1: four golds, a silver and a bronze.
Quintin's second day's racing kicked off with the first race of the day, a heat of Masters C coxless pairs at 09:00. Mark and Ken finished second to qualify for the final at 10:08, but then only managed sixth place.
Race 301 - 09:00: Masters C 2- - Eliminator
|3||6||City of Cambridge RC||2:02.90||4:15.69|
Race 318 - 10:08: Masters C 2- - Final
|1||2||Commercial RC||DNA ||4:00.12|
|2||6||Monmouth RC||DNA ||4:03.35|
|3||5||City of Cambridge RC||DNA ||4:11.91|
|4||4||Plymouth RC||DNA ||4:11.92|
|5||1||Ardingly RC||DNA ||4:12.07|
|6||3||Quintin BC||DNA ||4;13.02|
Beks and Lorna from MAABC were competing in a non-championship event at 09:48. This was the Women's Masters A-C double sculls band 1, based on BR ranking. Beks and Lorna took gold with a two second margin over Maidstone Invicta, but the sixth placed crew would only have been fourth in band two and the band two winner would have been third in band 1, so the ranking was not entirely indicative. Going to press we have no information on the age differences of these crews but it would be interesting to see if this was a contributory factor.
Race 313 - 09:48: Non-championship Women's Masters A-C 2x Band 1 - Final
|1||6||QBC / MAABC||2:14.30||4:29.38|
|2||3||Maidstone Invicta RC||2:17.30||4:31.32|
Eight minutes later our Masters F coxless four was racing for gold. Bow steersman Huw Jones reports, "In quite a strong headwind we got off to a good start, gaining about a length by 250m and maybe 1½ lengths at 500m. We didn't settle too well but continued with a decent, fairly comfortable but slightly bumpy row and won by maybe ¾ length to Ardingly. I'd like to think they benefited a bit from the wind protection of lane 2 in the lee of the grandstand in the last 500m." The rest of the winning crew: Pete Meaney (2), Fred Jefferies (3) and Richard Lonergan (stroke).
Race 315 - 09:56: Masters F 4- - Final
|3||5||Avon County RC||1:59.10||4:05.30|
|4||1||Tideway Scullers School||2:03.40||4;11.35|
|6||4||Putney Town RC||2:04.50||4:20.84|
The next Quintin race was not until 12:14, when Beks and Lorna competed in the final of Women's Masters B coxless pairs. They finished second, just behind Warwick, and were awarded the silver medals.
Race 343 - 12:14: Women's Masters B 2- - Final
|2||5||QBC / MAABC||2;21.80||4:45.49|
Tom Bishop rounded off Quintin's racing with two more wins. First, the Masters G eights, in a composite with Ardingly, Wallingford and Dart Totnes:
Race 355 - 13:02: Masters G 8+ - Final
|1||4||Ardingly /Wallingford / Quintin / Dart Totnes||1:54.00||3:52.34|
Finally, the final of Masters G/H coxless fours handicap:
Race 374 - 14:40: Masters G/H 4- Handicap - Final
|1||5||QBC / WRC /Dart Totnes||2:10.00||4:06.36|
|2||3||Bedford / TSS||2;05.10||4:11.19|
The medal tally for Day 2: four gold, one silver, giving a total tally of eight gold (five for Tom!), two silver and one bronze.
And, of course, Tom leaps into the lead in the.
Mark O'Brien won Open single sculls at Barnes and Mortlake Regatta on Saturday. His first race was the first race of the day at 8:00, where he had a challenging race against Benton of Fulham Reach RC, winning by 5 lengths, but Mark considered it would have been much closer had Benton's steering been better. The final, at 8:40 was against Wooller of Twickenham and Bolton of King's School, Canterbury. In a tightly-fought race Mark beat Wooller by a canvas, with Bolton some way behind.
All the results from the regatta may be found at http://maabc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BM-Results-2018.pdf.
This win puts Mark equal first in this year'swith Beks and Steve also on two wins.
Mark O'Brien is sculling at Barnes and Mortlake Regatta on Saturday. He is competing in Open single sculls and his heat is the first race of the day, at 08:00. He has the centre station against Edgar of King's School, Canterbury on Surrey and Benton of Fulham Reach on Middlesex. The winner races again at 08:40 in a three-boat final.
The full timetable and draw may be downloaded from http://maabc.com/barnes-mortlake-regatta/.
A number of club members are making the annual pilgrimage to Nottingham for the national masters regatta next weekend. The club has an interest in fourteen events, with six all-Quintin men's boats a Quintin-Wallingford men's double scull, a Quintin-Wallingford-Dart Totnes quad scull, coxless four and eight and Beks Edgar in four women's composites.
The sculling events are on Saturday, with captain Mark Chatwin the first to go for Quintin in a heat of Masters B single sculls at 09:40. His opponents are Carter of Upper Thames, Perez-Milans of Hillingdon, Muse of Durham ARC and Kolimechkov of Twickenham, with the fastest three progressing to the final at 10:56. Our next interest is at 11:20, when Beks combines with Andrea Finn and Elaine Johnstone of Tideway Scullers and Lorna Cardwell of MAABC in a Women's Masters B quad scull. Their opposition are Exeter, Avon County, Leeds and Cambois in a straight final.
Mark races again at 12:16 with Ken Almand in a heat of Masters C double sculls, against Warwick, Monmouth and Putney Town. The first three go to the final at 13:44. Tom Bishop is in the final of Masters G quad sculls at 11:16 in a QBC/WRC/DTRC composite against Durham, Broxbourne, Dart Totnes and Nottingham. Beks Edgar races in a Women's Masters B quad scull composite with Tideway Scullers and MAABC at 11:20 against Exeter, Cambois, Leeds and Avon County. Tom races again in the final of Masters H single sculls at 14:12, against his doubles partner from Wallingford, Charles Parry, Petelin of Upper Thames, Arnold Cooke of Minerva Bath and Harris of Dart Totnes. Ken Almand races again, this time in a heat of Masters D single sculls at 16:16, against Humphrey of Poplar, Hockley of Norwich, Duke of St. Andrew and Jones of Grosvenor. The winner and the fastest three losers of the three heats go through to the final at 17:28. Beks races again with Lorna at 15:48 in a heat of Women's Masters B double sculls, against Exeter, Upper Thames and Evesham. The winners and three fastest losers from the three heats go forward to the final at 17:08. Lastly, Tom Bishop teams up with Charles Parry of Wallingford RC in the final of Masters H double sculls at 17:04. This is against doubles from Nottingham, Guildford, Runcorn and Tees.
On Sunday Quintin has an interest in six events. The first race of the day is a heat of Masters C coxless pairs at 9:00 with Mark and Ken pitted against Ardingly, Monmouth, X-Press, Plymouth and City of Cambridge, with one crew to be eliminated, the rest meeting Commercial RC in the final at 10:08. Beks races with Lorna in the final of non-championship Women's Masters A-C double sculls (band 1) at 09:48, against Maidenhead, Warwick, Maidstone Invicta, Weybrdge and Gloucester. It will be interesting to see how close this race is, as it is based or BR ranking in spite of a potential age gap of some 16 years from A to C. At 09:56 our Masters F coxless four has a straight final against Tideway Scullers, Ardingly, Nottingham, Putney Town and Avon County. Then comes the final of Women's Masters B coxless pairs at 12:14 when Beks and Lorna take on Tideway Scullers, Hexham and Warwick. Tom Bishop completes our programme with a Dart Totnes-Ardingly-Wallingford-Quintin composite Masters G eight at 13:02 and a Wallingford-QBC Masters G coxless four at 14:40.
The full schedule and draw for each day may be downloaded from http://www.masterschamps.org/. Good luck to all our crews!
Tom Bishop won the final of Masters G/H single sculls at Walton today, with an easily verdict over J Woowat of Guildford RC, in a time of 3 min. 26 sec. This was three seconds faster than the final of Masters E/F single sculls. As Tom is in the 'H' age band and his opponent was 'G', he was offered a nine second start, but declined it.
Results of all the races may be found at http://www.wandwregatta.org.uk/results2018.php.
With this win Tom joins the.
Tom Bishop is competing at Walton and Weybridge Regatta on Saturday. He has drawn a bye to the final at 12:06, when he will meet A Tollet of Staines BC or J Woowat of Guildford. The event is Masters G/H single sculls and both Tom's opponents are in the 'G' age bracket. Tom is 'H', so he may well be given a start!
The full timetable of racing may be downloaded from http://www.wandwregatta.org.uk/files/timetable2018.pdf.
Saturday, 2nd June
Open Tier 3 Eights: our crew finished third in their heat and fifth in the final.
|2||1||Maidstone Invicta RC||1:33.18||3:07.18||4:41.98||6:17.14|
|5||4||Minerva Bath RC||1:38.04||3:17.58||4:58.77||6:40.84|
|4||5||Maidstone Invicta RC||1:34.49||3:09.84||5:11.83||6:19.96|
Women's Championship Double Sculls
Beks' double finished second in their semi-final and fifth in the final (no times taken for the semi-final):
|1||3||Edinburgh Univ. / Univ. London||DNA||3:33.67||5:20.95||7:11.84|
|2||4||Nottingham RC B||DNA||3:36.70||5:29.03||7:21.39|
|3||5||London RC / Skibbereen RC||DNA||3:40.26||5:34.88||7:28.48|
|4||1||Nottingham RC A||DNA||3:43.22||5:37.31||7:29.91|
|5||2||Grosvenor RC / Quintin BC||DNA||3:44.81||5:40.84||7:38.50|
|DNS||6||St Paul's Girls School BC|
Sunday, 3rd June
Challenge Eights: our crew were 46th out of 62 in the 1900m time trial in a time of 6:03.5. This placed them in the G final.
|3||6||King's College, London||DNA||3:14.02||4:51.23||6:25.87|
|4||4||Exeter Univ. BC||1:31.87||3:10.96||4:50.93||6:27.26|
|6||7||Auriol Kensington RC||1:34.90||3:12.96||4:51.65||6:28.80|
|7||1||NUI Galway BC||1:35.98||3:15.19||4:51.87||6:29.05|
Women's Challenge Eights: Beks was in a Llandaff / MAABC / QBC / TSS composite. This crew were 19th out of 37 in the 1900m time trilal, in a time of 6:37.8. This placed them in one of the C/D semi-finals, where they finished second, taking them to the C final, where they finished fifth.
|2||2||Llandaff RC / MAABC / Quintin BC / TSS||1:46.08||3:31.81||5:18.61||7:03.81|
|3||4||City of Bristol RC||1:45.34||3:32.94||5:19.82||7:04.02|
|4||5||Dublin Univ Ladies BC||1:44.78||3:33.22||5:21.26||7:08.99|
|3||6||City of Bristol RC||1:50.38||3:38.74||5:25.97||7:10.64|
|4||1||Edinburgh Univ BC||1:50.01||3:39.21||5:25.34||7:10.96|
|5||5||Llandaff RC / MAABC / Quintin BC / TSS||1:48.59||3:38.41||5:28.43||7:12.03|
|6||7||Dublin Univ. Ladies BC B||1:47.77||3:37.53||5:25.75||7:12.36|
|7||3||Dublin Univ. Ladies BC B||1:47.43||3:36.46||5:24.57||7:13.80|
Full results for all races for both days may be found at http://metregatta.org/results/.
The club has an eight racing on both Saturday and Sunday at Dorney this weekend and Beks Edgar is also competing in a composite double scull and a composite eight. On Saturday our eight is in the club tier 3 event and has a semi-final at 16:45 with the three fastest crews progressing to the final at 18:45. Our opposition in the heat are Maidstone Invicta, Thames, London and Minerva Bath. Beks' double with Lucy Iball of Grosvenor RC is in the women's championship event with a semi-final at 09:35 against St Paul's Girls School, Sir William Perkins School, Globe RC, Nottingham RC and Worcester RC, with the fastest three again progressing to the final, which is at 12:20.
On Sunday our eight is in challenge eights, which commences with a club tier 2 division time trial at 08:44, with 13 other club tier 2 crews. It is unclear from the regatta documentation what happens next, but there are five divisions in challenge eights and there will be semi-finals between 14:30 and 15:00 and finals between 17:10 and 18:05. In women's eights, Beks' crew has a time trial at 09:17 along with the 17 other open and 16 academic entries and there are semi-finals between 13:15 and 13:30 and finals between 15:15 and 15:45.
The draws and timetables for both days may be found by browsing http://metregatta.org/. See if you can figure out how the Sunday events work. Good luck to all our crews!
Your editor has just received, rather belatedly, a couple of photographs from the wedding day celebrations of the marriage of William Medlicott and Diane Pengelly, which took place on Saturday, 21st April (this year!). Still, better late than never, so here they are! Congratulations to the happy couple!
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2780.
Mark O'Brien won Masters D single sculls at Twickenham Regatta on Saturday. We await further details.
Mark O'Brien has entered for Twickenham Regatta tomorrow and has been drawn against Toledo of Twickenham Rowing Club in a semi-final of Masters C/D single sculls, to be raced at 9:56 am. Both Mark and his opponent are in the D age category. The final is at 11:16 am against Ballston of Reading RC (Masters D) or Kumar of Molesey (Masters C).
Full details of all the races may be found at http://www.twickenhamrc.co.uk/p/regatta.html.
The club had an eight competing in the Challenge Eights event at Thames Ditton Regatta on Saturday. The first round was a time trial, where the crew was the third-fastest, placing it in the B final. In the B final they came second placing them fourth overall. A few more details are expected soon.
The club has an eight racing at Thames Ditton Regatta on Saturday in Open Challenge Eights for the Broken Vase Cup. There are eight entries in this competition and Quintin have drawn Radley College B crew in their first heat, which is a time trial, to be raced at 13;30. The two fastest crews from the four heats go through to the A final to race for the prizes. The slower crews will be similarly paired to produce an overall ranking (what fun!).
Full details for the regatta may be found at https://thamesdittonregatta.co.uk/.
Last Saturday, Quintin had two entries at Borne Regatta, held on the same stretch of river as our own Chiswick Regatta. Beks Edgar raced first, towards the end of the morning's racing on the flood tide in Women's Masters B/C double sculls. Team Keane scratched their Masters C entry, reducing the field to just two boats; the QBC/MAA composite of Beks and Lorna Cardwell (MAABC), versus another all MAABC Masters B crew. Just as the crews were aligned the umpire decided a 'gin palace' coming down the course was not sufficiently to Surrey to start the race safely. This delayed start saw both crews drift some way off the original start position, despite efforts to back down, somewhat shortening the course. However, eventually the race got underway with MAA on the Surrey station and QBC/MAA on Middlesex. It was a good tight race over the whole course, with never more than half a length in it, the QBC/MAA composite being awarded the win by the margin of just one foot.
Later in the afternoon Mark O'Brien raced, in the afternoon rain, this time on the ebb tide in Open Tier 1 single sculls, losing his race to Petillon of Furnivall by a similarly close margin of three feet. Mark said afterwards that he didn't think it was that close, so the famous Borne stagger at the finish must have been to his advantage.
Beks' win puts her at the top of theequalling Steve Aquilina on two wins.
We are sorry to have to announce the death of Hugh Davy, who died on Friday morning at the age of 84. He died peacefully with his family around him. He had apparently been very confused in the last few days and his wife sees it as happy release.
Hugh starting rowing at St Paul's School, had a brief spell at Thames RC but then joined QBC, where he has been a member since the early 1960s. Until fairly recently Hugh was a regular competitor in the club's sculling championship and in the Scullers' Head of the River.
Hugh's funeral will be at 12.40 pm on Thursday 7th June at Mortlake Crematorium and then at Quintin afterwards. If you are planning to attend the funeral and are likely to come back to Quintin for the refreshments afterwards please would you let Malcolm Cook know (email@example.com). This is just to give the family a very rough guide for the catering and does not commit you in any way.
A photograph of Hugh may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=666.
Rather unusually there was glorious weather over this May Bank Holiday weekend, with blue skies and temperatures in the mid twenties for all three days. Saturday was no exception and Chiswick Regatta had ideal conditions for racing, with a gentle breeze blowing upriver along the course. The conditions clearly suited your local club, whose three entries all resulted in victory.
Our first success was in Open Tier 1 eights, the more senior of the two eights events held using the nwe competition framework. Our eight defeated Corpus Christi College, Oxford in a close-fought semi-final at 10:00, the verdict being ¼ length. The final at midday was against Lea Rowing Club, when the margin of victory was one length. Our second success was in a straight final of the Masters F coxed fours at 15:05, where our crew took on Thames RC and beat them by 3 lengths. Last but not least, Steve Aquilina won Masters E single sculls in a three boat final at 17:30 against Bridger of Tideway Scullers, 1 3/4 lengths down and Macdonald of Fulham Reach some way behind.
As usual there was some very competitive junior racing. We saw the return of octuple sculls racing with five entries in Women's Junior 14, Emanuel School ending up the eventual winners in a close final against Putney High School.
Many thanks to Simon Murby and the race committee and to all the volunteers who helped to complete another successful regatta.
You can see the names of all our winners on thepage...
.. and these wins open this year'swith Steve Aqulina in the lead.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2773.
Saturday May 5th is the date of our home regatta, and it looks as though it's going to be a cracking day. Why not come on down and support your crews? The club has three entries: Tier 1 eights, Masters F coxed fours and Masters E single sculls. The eight has a semi-final race against Corpus Christi College, Oxford at 10:00 am. If they win this they meet Lea RC in the final at midday. The Masters coxed four races Thames RC in a straight final at 3:05 pm whilst Steve Aquilina races Bridger of Tideway Scullers and Macdonald of Fulham Reach in the final of Masters E singles at 5:30 pm.
It promises to be a fun day with lots of racing from 8:35 in the morning until 6;15 in the afternoon. There will be a lunch break from 1:50 until 3:00 pm to allow for the tide to turn, so there will be plenty of time for an al fresco lunch of sandwiches and cakes and from the barbecue. And, of course, drinks will be available for a large part of the day from the beer tent.
The full draw and timetable may be downloaded from the Chiswick Regatta Competitors' Information page.
We are sorry to announce the death on Saturday of Ken Williams. He was a long-standing member of Horseferry and then Mortlake Anglian and was a good friend of QBC. His son, Russell, has been a Quintin member for many years.
Ken died peacefully in the Royal Marsden Hospital after an 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ken's funeral will at Mortlake Crematorium on Friday 11 May at 10.40am then afterwards at MAABC. All friends and rowing colleagues are welcome. No flowers but donations to a charity yet to be decided.
A photograph of Ken with Frank Webb may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=650.
Things were unusually quiet at Quintin on the build-up to this year's Vesta Veterans Head of the River. This was mainly because our grounds were still taken up with the aftermath of the Universities Boat Races the previous day and we were unable to accept visiting crews to boat with us. It was a bit of a dull day, but racing conditions were good, with not much in the way of wind.
The race was won by Molesey Masters B in a time of 17 min. 58.38 sec, 16 seconds ahead of Thames Masters A, who thus lost their title of "Head of the River". Quintin had an interest in four crews and the fastest over the course were our Masters F (average age 60-64), who completed the course in 20 min. 9.83 sec. to finish 39th overall. Unfortunately, just as last year, they were pipped to the Masters F pennant by Crabtree, this time by 4.83 seconds. Second fastest for us were Beks Edgar's mutli-club composite, finishing 49th in a time of 20 min. 20.16 sec, which was good enough to win the Women's Masters B pennant by 6.65 seconds over Lea RC. They were also the fastest women's eight overall, ahead of the Agecroft Masters A crew. This time also beat our men's Masters G crew by a slender 0.4 seconds. They finished 50th in 20 min 20.56 sec. and won the men's G/H handicap pennant by 9.06 seconds over Dart Totnes Masters G. This was quite a needle match, with Dart Totnes starting just ahead and pulling away in the early stages of the race, only to be caught in the closing stages. Last but not least for the club were a barflies crew, depleted and reshuffled due to sickness. They finished 161st in a time of 22 min. 36.48 sec.
To read a quote from Beks about the race, visit the British Rowing web site.
On adjusted time, the Masters G crew would have finished 5th (18:12.56), the Masters Fs 16th (18:29.83), Beks' all-stars 89th (20:08.16) and the Barflies 140th (21:21.48).
The full results may be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1N46fPRU4P0daPGrVA7qqjP_HHO4TzrBRcdY-6ND9ufg/edit#gid=36008709.
You can see the names of our pennant winners on ourpage.
These wins also close ourfor the 2017-18 winter season with Tom Bishop and Beks Edgar tied at the top on six wins each.
The start order has been published for the Vets Head, due to take place over the Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney on March 25th. The club has an interest in four crews: three consisting of all club members and, as ever, Beks Edgar's multi-club composite. Our Masters F men start at No. 90 and our Masters G, racing in a G/H handicap event, start at No. 98. The barflies (Masters E) have been rewarded for their lack of recent racing experience with a start position of 108 in the Masters Novice category (presumably with handicap). Beks' QBC/TSS/MAA/KRC/LRC composite are in women's Masters B and start at No. 122.
The full start order may be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GASJE6j8DzPvFTn0Bzo02-V-pwIM7UIb2nfCt9ZUh-k/edit#gid=446230990 or downloaded in pdf form at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V6HBsWqLA4y2CwH5w7zyZWUrUneAzkKW/view..
While Saturday's race started with the threat of rain, on Sunday the early morning sky was blue and the sun brought some welcome warmth to the riverbank. Unfortunately, by the time crews started to marshal for this year's Head of the River Race, the sky had clouded over and the chilly easterly wind had freshened. Given that the race course is predominantly west to east this presaged some trying conditions for the competitors. Despite the prevailing wind direction some very fast times were laid down by the leading crews. Initial results had Oxford Brookes University as winners with Leander Club just 0.1 of a second behind, but after close inspection of the evidence they were both given a time of 17 min. 27.7 sec. and shared the title of "Head of the River". We believe this to be the first tie for first place since the second ever Head of the River race in 1927. Altogether six crews broke the 18 minute barrier and Oxford Brookes remarkably had five crews in the top twenty, placed first, third, fifth, eleventh and seventeenth.
Quintin entered just two crews: the senior development squad crew and the much more senior "supervets", with an average age of 63. Due to the decision of the race committee to base starting positions on the new British Rowing RPI points and the vagaries of this system, the masters were given a start position of 57 and the youngsters one of 82. The youngsters put in a strong performance and held their position exactly to finish 82nd in a time of 19 min. 34.2 sec. We should be pleased with this result from a rapidly improving crew and, PRI vagaries permitting, they should get some good races in the summer.
- Josh Healey Lapena
- Ian Caswell
- Rob Farthing
- Jason Bowyer
- Kierhan Brown
- Sachin Turakha
- Matt Denley
- Henry Robins
- Eva-Lucia Llewellyn (cox)
Meanwhile our veterans, who were treating this as a training outing for the big race in a fortnight's time, had the challenge of trying to hold off as many crews as possible for as long as possible. They succeeded quite well - once Molesey C (who finished 36th) had passed them on the first bend they were not caught again until Hammersmith. Rowing over the course at 32-34, they finished 215th in a time of 20 min. 54.2 sec. One of the crew unofficially applied the handicapping formula to the crew's time, using the Oxford Brookes / Leander result as the standard time and came up with a handicap of 1 min. 38 sec, placing the old men 56th on adjusted time. When you get to his age you have to look for some consolation.
- Huw Jones
- Tom Bishop
- Pete Meaney
- Roger Hine
- Fred Jefferies
- Steve Aquilina
- Andy Tompkins
- Ian Hyslop
- Hilary Cook (cox)
A summary of the club's results may be found on http://www.horr.co.uk/results/.and full results are available at
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2765.
Beks Edgar's multi-club composite took part in the Women's Eights Head of the River Race this Saturday, with a start position of 58. On a dull day with a threat of rain just before the rescheduled start at 10:30 am most of the crews got away in their correct order, although there were some noticeable stragglers who were still paddling upriver when they should have been racing down. Out of an entry of 319 there were exactly 300 finishers. The race was won by Leander A in a time of 18 min. 34.7 sec. with Cambridge University second, 15.5 seconds slower. Beks crew put in an excellent p3erformance, improving on their position to finish 48th in a time of 20min. 54.8 sec. They were racing ias a Masters B crew and finished third in the Masters handicap on an adjusted time of 20:41.8, with Lea Masters B second (20:26.4 and Wallingford Masters D thye pennant winners (20:01.7).
The Hammersmith Head has been cancelled. Tweets by the organisers: "Race is CANCELLED. Conditions have deteriorated around Mortlake". "Disappointed to have cancelled today’s race. Fine line between safety for all competitors and allowing racing. With the unpredictable Tideway conditions many factors come into play. Ultimately with experienced crews taking on water before the start there was only one option."
We are fast approaching the climax of the winter season with a clutch of races on the Tideway. This year's calendar is somewhat different to that of past years - the Head of the River Race is on the same weekend as the Women's Eights Head, Kingston Head is the following week and the Veterans' Head is the week after that, and the day after the Universities Boat Races to boot!
Hammersmith Head, Sunday 25th February @ 11:00 am
Quintin's first race is this weekend, in the Hammersmith Head, oraqnised by Auriol Kensington RC and rowed over their traditional course from Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge. The club has an interest in three crews. The senior VIII set off at No. 17 in the Intermediate category while the Masters F crew has a start number of 239. Beks Edgar has her usual multi-club composite competing in Women's Masters B, starting at No. 241, along with her colleagues from Tideway Scullers, Kingston RC, MAABC, Sport Imperial and Radnor House School.
Women's Eights Head of the River, Saturday 10th March @ 9:45 am
Beks competes in a composite once again in the Women's Head two weeks later. The crew once again competes in the Masters B category (one of five entries) and is a combination with Tideway Scullers, Kingston, MAABC and London. Their start position is No. 58.
The full start order may be downloaded from http://wehorr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Final-Draw-2018-2.pdf.
The Head of the River Race, Sunday March 11th @ 10:45 am
The club has two entries for the Tideway Head. The race committee has set a start order this year based largely on the new PRI points profiles introduced by British Rowing. This gives our Masters F crew a start position of 57 and our young senior squad crew a start position of 82. As the seniors beat the vets by 30 seconds in the Quintin Head in January, we leave you to draw your own conclusions on the efficacy of the new rankings as they currently stand. Good luck to both crews!
The full start order, including the crews' PRI scores may be downloaded from http://www.horr.co.uk/wordpress/draw/.
Vesta Veterans' Head, Sunday 25th March @ 10:30 BST
Note that this is the weekend that the clocks go forward. We expect to have an interest in several crews for this race. More details after entries have closed on Monday, 12th March.
The Quintin Head kicked off on Saturday at 11:34 a.m, only four minutes after the scheduled start time. There were the maximum 250 entries, but a number of junior and novice crews scratched before race day due to the anticipated difficult conditions on the Tideway. The course was also shortened on the day to avoid the possibility of difficult conditions at the finish, so that the course ended at Hammersmith Bridge rather than Harrods Wharf. As it turned out, conditions were fairly benign during the race and it stayed dull but dry until racing was over, whereupon the skies opened for the rest of the afternoon. The strong fluvial flow accounted for some very fast times, with the winners breaking the ten-minute barrier for the shortened course.
There was some top-quality racing, with Cambridge sending both their men's and women's squads, and the University of London, Imperial College, Thames and Molesey all fielded some powerful crews. The Goldie Elite boat were fastest overall, with the University of London less than six seconds behind and the Imperial College Senior crew in third place, ten seconds behind UL. Cambridge University Women won both the Elite and the Senior women's pennants, while Molesey took the WIM1 prizes. The fastest schoolboys were St Paul's School, who finished sixth overall, rowing in the Elite category. They also scored successes with their more junior crews, winning J16. The J18 pennant was won by our captain's alma mater, Shiplake College. The fastest junior women were Lady Eleanor Holles, who took both the WJ18 and the WJ16 pennants. Otherwise the junior pennants were shared by Shiplake College, King's College School (Wimbledon) and Latymer Upper School.
On the home front, the Quintin IM2 eight finished 50th overall in a time of 11 min. 4.2 sec, while the Masters F were 97th= in 11:34.3, which was fast enough for them to win the Masters F pennant by 11.7 seconds. Not far behind them was the women's Masters B composite from Quintin, Tideway Scullers, MAABC and London who won their B/C handicap event in a raw time of 11 min. 40.7 sec. After the handicaps had been applied they still had a seven second margin over the second-placed Barnes Bridge Ladies masters C crew.
So that's two more results to add to our.
Full results are at ../quintinhead/results.php?date=2018-01-27.
Photographs of the pennant winners may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2727.
Photographs of the Quintin crews may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2751.
Quintin's competitive 2017 was brought to a conclusion on Sunday with the traditional pre-Christmas Plum Puddings Race. Thirteen eights from local clubs took part plus our captain's semi-mixed quad scull (three blokes and a lady). Cygnet had two eights, Barnes Bridge Ladies another two, MAABC had four, and Quintin had five. The basis of the race was a sealed handicap, expertly (?) worked out by the powers that be. Crews started in an order anticipating their speed but with a little bit of rearranging to add a bit of excitement. This year's course was from Chiswick Pier to the white davit at Chiswick Staithe and was rowed on a strong flood tide. The Quintin senior squad eight established superiority by overtaking three crews and were the only crew to break the eight minute barrier in a time of 7 min. 52 sec. The Quintin "vice-presidents" brought up the rear speed-wise in a time of 11 min. 15 sec. When all the racing was over a large crowd gathered in the Quintin clubroom for convivial drinks and post-race gossip while they waited for the results of the handicap event. First prize of a case of wine went to Cygnet Masters F eight, second prize, the eponymous plum puddings, went to Sean's Merry Men from Quintin and third prize, a case of beer, went to MAABC Men's Masters. An excellent chilli con carne helped to replace the calories left out on the river.
The full results:
|4||1||Quintin||Sean's Merry Men||8:21||2|
|5||9||MAABC||Women's Squad 1||9:29||9|
|8||12||MAABC||Women's Squad 2||10:03||7|
Bruce Lamka is leaving us (returning soon, we hope) on Thursday, to go back to his home in Seattle. To give him a good send off his squad-mates took him out for a few beers and a Nepalese meal last Friday and presented him with a pewter tankard and a couple of bottles of London Porter as a souvenir of his stay with us for the best part of 2017. Bon voyage, Bruce!
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2723.
The day for Walton Small Boats Head dawned with a cloudless sky and a gentle breeze blowing from the west, making for ideal conditions on the water. The main challenge was the very low air temperature, hovering around freezing for the whole day. This did not deter the Quintin small-boaters, who adorned themselves with multiple layers of warm clothiing to keep the cold at bay. Division 1 started at 10:00 am and the first of our competitors to perform were Alex Miller in Masters A single sculls and Mark Chatwin in Masters B. Mark proved to be the faster by 15 seconds, completing the 3000m in 11 min. 44.0 sec. to win the Masters B pennant. Alex was beaten into second place in Masters A by Beckett of Tideway Scullers. However, another victory was chalked up for the club when Beks Edgar and Judith Shultz (TSS) won Women's Masters B double sculls in a time of 12 min. 2.3 sec.
When Division 2 started at midday the temperature had not noticeably increased and Mark and Alex led the way again, this time in Masters A double sculls, where they were pipped by the Tideway Scullers double (Beckett again!). Beks and Judith reprised their Women's Masters B win by winning Women's Masters A double sculls as well. Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine (Masters G coxless pair) had the challenge of competing against crews ten or more years younger in a Masters E and G handicap event. They were the faster of the two 'G' pairs, beating Ardingly (Banks) by 1.6 seconds, and beat two of the 'E' pairs on actual time, but were unable to narrow the gap sufficiently with Tyrian (Faultless), missing out on the handicap pennant by 6 seconds.
Our day's racing was completed by Charles Harrison and Pete Meaney, both in Masters F single sculls, and Charles chalked up our fourth win of the day, completing the course in 12 min. 32.7 sec.
Our results in summary:
|Start No.||Personnel||Category||Time||Cat. Posn.|
|225||Mark Chatwin & Alex Miller||Mas A 2x||10:50.3||2 of 2|
|44||Mark Chatwin||Mas B 1x||11:44.0||1 of 4|
|35||Alex Miller||Mas A 1x||11:59.3||2 of 2|
|98||Beks Edgar & Judith Shultz (TSS)||WMas B 2x||12:02.3||1 of 4|
|278||Beks Edgar & Judith Shultz (TSS)||WMas A 2x||12:07.6||1 of 7|
|309||Andrew Bramah & Roger Hine||Mas E+G 2- (Mas G)||12:25.0||2 of 6|
|436||Charles Harrison||Mas F 1x||12:32.7||1 of 10|
|438||Pete Meaney||Mas F 1x||13:21.2||5 of 10|
Full results may be found at http://www.waltonrowingclub.co.uk/walton-small-boats/results/.
Beks and Charles are catching Tom in the.
After training on Thursday night the club hosted a quiz night, organised by Kierhan Brown. The proceedings kicked off at 7:30 with some food for thought - a very tasty spicy stew with rice - and the serious quizzing began at 8:15. There were eight teams of various sizes, but all conforming to the general category of "small boats", so pairs and fours (coxed or coxless) were allowed. Alex Miller was the quizmaster and John Peters did sterling work behind the bar keeping everyone refreshed with stimulating drinks.
The overall winners were "The Original Meat Team" with a score of 29/40. No handicaps were applied for younger/less knowledgeable crews! The winning crew: Hazel Wilson, Harri Oliva, Harry Robins and Paul Knoops. See the photo gallery for the complete makeup of all the teams.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2713.
The club has an interest in eight entries in the Walton Small Boats Head on Saturday; three in division 1, starting at 10:00 am and five in division 2, starting at 12 noon. In division 1 Alex Miller starts at number 35 in Masters A single sculls, Mark Chatwin is at No. 44 in Masters B single sculls and Beks Edgar with Judith Schultz from Tideway Scullers School are at No. 98 in Women's Masters B double sculls. In division 2, Alex and Mark are in Masters A double sculls at No. 225, Beks and Judith are in Women's Masters A double sculls at No. 278, Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine are in Masters G coxless pairs at No. 309, and Charles Harrison and Pete Meaney are both in Masters F single sculls at Nos. 436 and 438 respectively. Any support on the river bank would be much appreciated.
The full draw may be found at http://www.waltonrowingclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/WSBH-Start-Order-2017.pdf.
This year's Scullers Head was raced on the flood tide for the first time since 1961. The start was at the milepost and the finish at the white davit at Chiswick Staithe, a landmark the rowing community is becoming increasingly familiar with. It was a cold December day with a very flat, overcast light, but there was barely any wind and conditions on the Tideway were calm. Due to the large variation in tidal conditions which are always encountered when large Tideway head races are raced on the flood, the organisers chose not to publish an overall finishing order, but only an order by category. The provisional times and category placings for our Quintin scullers are given below.
|Start No.||Sculler||Time||Category||Cat. Posn.|
|6||Mike Ewing||20:02.63||Elite||10 of 14|
|242||Steve Aquilina||20:37.54||Masters E||9 of 26|
|466||Tom Bishop||20:38.44||Masters H/I||1 of 7|
|446||Charles Harrison||20:48.69||Masters F||3 of 19|
|270||Kierhan Brown||21:28.07*||Club||22 of 22|
|450||Pete Meaney||21:39.38||Masters F||12 of 19|
|193||Ken Almand||scratched||Masters D|
|285||Mark Boyd||scratched||Lwt Club|
* Includes a 60 second time penalty.
Jonathan Ferris (Masters F), in Furnivall colours, recorded 21 min. 48.73 sec.
The full results may be downloaded at https://www.vestarowing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Scullers-Head-2017-Results-by-category.pdf.
Tom is establishing his "traditional" lead in the.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2701.
The club has nine entries for the Vesta Scullers Head, to be sculled this year for the first time since 1961 on the flood tide, from the milepost to the white davit at Chiswick Staithe. The race starts at 9:30 am. Our competitors, their start numbers and categories are shown below. There are 540 entries altogether.
|193||Ken Almand||Masters D|
|242||Steve Aquilina||Masters E|
|285||Mark Boyd||Lwt Club|
|446||Charles Harrison||Masters F|
|450||Pete Meaney||Masters F|
|466||Tom Bishop||Masters H|
The full starting order may be found at https://9f0db76548b7fa184c81cf2d-evm7yyswhu5jxti0l0q.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Scullers-Head-2017-Draw-1.pdf. . All support along the riverbank and afterwards in the club bar would be gratefully received.
The club entered six single scullers in the Teddington Head this weekend. This is a multi-boat-class time trial on a course from Hampton Court to Stevens Ait in Kingston. Our scullers' times and their placings within category are summarised below.
|Bow No.||Sculler||Category||Time||Cat. Posn.|
|82||Ken Almand||Masters D||22:02.3||1 of 3|
|132||Tom Bishop||Masters G||22:29.9||1 of 3|
|129||Charles Harrison||Masters F||22:33.3||1 of 3|
|76||Mark O'Brien||Masters C||22:39.2||4 of 5|
|87||Steve Aquilina||Masters E||22:47.4||1 of 3|
|128||Pete Meaney||Masters F||23:59.0||3 of 3|
Tankards were to be awarded to winners of events in which three or more crews started and so we have four pennant winners. Well done, chaps!
Thecontinues to grow.
The full results may be found at http://www.walbrookrc.co.uk/UserFiles/Files/Teddington_Head/2017/full_results.pdf.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2698.
The club had three scullers competing on the River Po in Turin, Italy, at the weekend. Tom Bishop won the men's Masters H category, beating Sean Morris of Wallingford RC into second place by nearly a minute and a half over the 11km course in a time of 48 min. 28.80 sec. There were nine scullers altogether in the division. Pete Meaney finished 10th out of 32 in the men's Masters F division, in a time of 51 min. 57.51 sec. The winning time in this division was by the Italian sculler Enzo Romano, in a time of 47 min. 46.35 sec. Mark O'Brien finished 17th out of 40 in Masters C, in a time of 48min. 39.12sec. The winner of this division was Jesus Gonzalez from Spain in a time of 42 min. 27.28 sec. The overall winner was Martin Sinovic of Croatia in a time of 40 min. 18.70 sec.
Results for all the divisions may be found at http://www.silverskiff.org/en/silverskiff-arrivi/.
Tom's win adds to his two previous successes in 2014 and 2015 (in Masters G) and entitles him to be presented with a silver skiff, as shown in the picture below that Tom took in 2014.
And, of course, Tom sneaks ahead in the.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2685.
A photograph of a silver skiff may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2027.
By Sunday the forecast north-westerly wind had arrived and, in spite of the bursts of sunshine, it was bitterly cold on the river. Pity the women's coxed fours who had to marshal for 2½ hours before it was their turn to race.
Quintin had an interest in three crews. Beks Edgar's composite quadruple scull with Tideway Scullers and Kingston Rowing Club raced over the championship course for the second time of the weekend. They were placed in band 1 and finished 10th out of 16 in this banding. Our men's coxless four were placed in Band 1 and finished 31st out of 31. Our men's coxed four were placed in Band 2 and finished 13th out of 25.
Summary of our results
|Bow No.||Class & Band||Time||Posn. in Band|
|120||Women's 4x Band 1||21:12.1||10 of 16|
|233||Open 4- Band 1||21:44.0||31 of 31|
|331||Open 4+ Band 2||20:51.6||13 of 25|
The full results may be found at http://www.rowresults.co.uk/hor4s.
The morning of November 11th started with a fine, penetrating drizzle but virtually no wind and by the time the Veteran Fours Head got underway a little after ten o'clock the precipitation had all but disappeared, leaving us with relatively warm and benign conditions for the time of the year. The club had an interest in four crews in this year's race.
Mark Chatwin, Alex Miller and Mike Ewing had teamed up with Hugh Mackworth-Praed of Auriol Kensington Rowing Club to produce a fast scratch Masters B quadruple scull. They were just held off claiming the title of "Head of the River" by Tideway Scullers, who beat them into second place by just seven seconds.
Beks Edgar was sculling in a women's Masters B quad along with Rowi Mortimer and Elaine Johnstone of Tideway Scullers and Andrea Finn of Kingston RC. They won their division by a full 32 seconds over second-placed Barnes Bridge Ladies.
Huw Jones, Andy Tompkins, Fred Jefferies and Ian Hyslop made up a fast Masters F coxless four, which won its division and also beat all but three of the 'D' coxless fours and all but one of the 'E' division.
Andrew Bramah, Bruce Lamka, Graham Bagnall and Roger Hine made up a Masters G coxless four which was beaten into second palce in its division by Willy Almands Upper Thames crew, nine seconds ahead. Things might have been a little closer but our crew clashed not once, but twice while overtaking the much slower Marlow Masters F four.
Summary of our results
|Overall Posn.||Bow No.||Crew||Category||Time||Cat. Posn.|
|2||8||Mark Chatwin, Hugh Mackworth-Praed (AKRC), Alex Miller, Mike Ewing||MasB 4x-||18:31.3||2 of 9|
|34||144||Beks Edgar, Rowi Mortimer (TSS), Andrea Finn (KRC), Elaine Johnstone (TSS)||WMasB 4x-||20:08.1||1 of 8|
|41||104||Huw Jones, Andy Tompkins, Fred Jefferies, Ian Hyslop||MasF 4-||20:15.5||1 of 3|
|86||109||Andrew Bramah, Bruce Lamka, Graham Bagnall, Roger Hine||MasG 4-||20:58.7||2 of 3|
The full results may be seen at http://vet4shead.squarespace.com/results-and-prizesa/.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2688.
The club had an interest in four crews and a single sculler at the Kingston Small Boats Head at the weekend, all racing in division 2. The results are summarised in the table below. In the official results the category for the double scull is erroneously shown as Masters E - it should be Elite. Our crew was the fastest double scull on the day.
|17||IM1 4-||19:42.5||3 of 3|
|19||IM2 4+||19:52.5||1 of 2|
|22||Elite 2x (Mark Chatwin & Alex Miller)||19:56.1||Time only|
|29||W Mas B/C 4x- (QBC/KRC/TSS composite)||20:11.6||1 of 3|
|176||IM3 1x (Mark Boyd)||25:31.6||6 of 6|
Beks has joined this year's.
The full results may be downloaded at https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/73456b_5f6350806d29433b81243570bac1d556.pdf.
Charles Harrison was competing in the Henley Sculls Head at the weekend and won his division, Masters F single sculls, over the 3000m course in a time of 14 min. 2 sec, which was 25 seconds ahead of his closest rival.
Charles is equal top with Tom in the.
The full results may be downloaded from http://www.henleyopenevents.co.uk/results.
The club has three scullers who have entered the Turin Silver Skiff Race, which is to be held on Sunday, 12th November over an 11km out-and-back course on the River Po in Italy and involves negotiating a 180° turn round a buoy at the halfway mark. Our competitors are Tom Bishop (Masters H), who has already won his category twice in this event in previous years, Pete Meaney (Masters F) and Mark O'Brien (Masters C). If Tom can win a third pennant he will be entitled to a special prize of a silver skiff. Pete and Mark are competing for the first time. Good luck everyone!
Entries closed at midnight yesterday and we are currently awaiting the starting order to appear on the.
Footnote, Thursday 9th November
Starting numbers: 133, Tom Bishop; 493, Mark O'Brien; 602, Pete Meaney. Full starting order at http://www.silverskiff.org/download/startingGrid/2017/SilverSkiff-2017-StartingGrid.pdf.
The club has an interest in four crews for the Veteran Fours Head, to be held on Saturday, 11th November, starting at 10:00 am. There are two all-Quintin crews and two composites. Details of the crews, their starting positions and categories aer given below. The course is from the University Stone at Mortlake to a point opposite Ranelagh Sailing Club on the Putney Embankment, shortened this year from the normal finish at Putney Pier because of the Thames Tunnel works.
|8||Mas B 4x-||Hugh Mackworth-Praed (AKRC), Mark Chatwin, Alex Miller, Mike Ewing|
|104||Mas F 4-||Huw Jones, Andy Tompkins, Fred Jefferies, Ian Hyslop|
|109||Mas G 4-||Andrew Bramah, Bruce Lamka, Graham Bagnall, Roger Hine|
|144||W Mas B 4x-||Beks Edgar, Rowi Mortimer (TSS), Andrea Finn (KRC), Elaine Johnstone (TSS)|
The full draw may be found at http://www.vetfourshead.com/news/2017/11/6/final-start-order.html.
The club has an interest in three entries for the Head of the River Fours, which starts at 10:45am on Sunday, 12th November. We have a men's coxless four, a men's coxed four and an interest (Beks Edgar, to be precise) in a women's quadruple scull composite crew (QBC/KRC/TSS) Their start numbers and allocated categories are given below. The race is over the championship course from the University Stone at Mortlake to the University Stone at Putney.
|120||W4x- Band 1||Beks Edgar (QBC), Rowi Mortimer (TSS), Andrea Finn (KCR), Elaine Johnstone (TSS)|
|233||4- Band 1||TBC|
|331||4+ Band 2||TBC|
The full starting order may be found at http://www.hor4s.com/draw/. All support along the course would be gratefully received by our competitors.
Our masters race in the Veteran Fours Head on the previous day (Saturday 11th November). We have two all-QBC coxless fours entered and an interest in a men's composite quadruple scull and a women's composite quadruple scull. We are currently waiting for the starting order to be published.
We are saddened to report that on Saturday, 28th October, Geoff Potts died of a heart attack whilst coaching a MAABC crew on the River Thames. Geoff joined Quintin in 1978 after a successful rowing career at Durham School, Durham University, Tees RC and Durham ARC as well as representing Great Britain as its lightweight single sculler at the 1974 World Championships in Lucerne (finishing fourth in the final). Geoff's first major competition with Quintin was the Head of the River Race in 1979 when, in very rough conditions, his essentially lightweight crew finished 14th.
Geoff continued to represent the club in head races and veteran events through the 1980s, but a heart condition (which involved in him having a pacemaker fitted) meant that he limited himself to small boats, mostly single sculls, in later years. He was a keen coach in both sweep oar and sculling, inspiring many young men and women over the years. One major coup he performed for Quintin was in persuading his old friend and double sculls partner from Durham days, Tom Bishop, to take up rowing again after an absence of twenty years and to join the club. Only last weekend, after Tom had won the over 70s single sculls at the Head of the Charles and was being interviewed, Tom said "A friend of mine sent me a birthday card saying they play nice tunes on old violins, why don't you come rowing again?". On seeing the article Geoff responded, "And the tunes keep coming! No sign of the violin wearing out yet. Just think how well you'll play when you learn to scull properly!" Geoff will be sorely missed in rowing clubs up and down the country.
The photograph of Geoff racing with Tom in 2009 may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=757.
The photograph of the 1979 HoRR crew may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=204.
Tom Bishop was competing today at the Head of the Charles in Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts. His division was the Men's Senior Veteran Singles (70+) and he finished first in a time of 20 min. 35.248 sec, 33 seconds ahead of his closest rival. Well done Tom! Michael Tebay, who came second and was last year's winner, was formerly with Tideway Scullers School and rowed with Lionel Bailey, Willy Almand and Pat Barry in their crew of 1969. See this post on.
Dick Findlay also came away a winner in his Veteran eight with Occoquan, beating Upper Thames by 14½ seconds.
Head of the Charles Results
Full results at https://www.herenow.com/results/#/races/20398/results (Saturday tab).
Tom takes the lead in the.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2675.
For the second year running the Pairs Head was blessed with unseasonably warm weather this weekend. The air temperature was breaking through the 20° mark and the south-westerly breeze gave good conditions for the race on the ebb tide. The course was from the University Stone at Mortlake to the middle of the wall at Harrods Depository. The fastest crew on the day was a men's double scull from Tideway Scullers School, completing the course in 13 min. 16.0 sec. The fastest coxless pair was from Imperial College and finished thirteenth overall in a time of 13 min. 39.9 sec. It is interesting to note that the race is now dominated by sculls as opposed to sweep-oar boats, in a ratio approaching 5:2.
This year all the Quintin entries bar one were in masters divisions and there was much debate before the race, both within the club and with the organisers as to whether handicaps should be applied when masters categories had been merged and then sub-divided based on the new British Rowing ranking index. As things stand, handicaps have been applied where no sub-division took place but not where there was sub-division.
The fastest Quintin crew this year was the Masters B/C double of Leif Jacobsen and Alex Miller and our fastest coxless pair were Jason Bowyer and ex-Quintin member, now at Vesta, Ed Roe, who held off a strong challenge from our masters.
In the handicapped masters events, Hilary Cook (in MAABC colours) and Tom Bishop had a comfortable win in Mixed Masters F/G double sculls, with a 102 second margin after the handicap had been applied. On raw times they also beat all but one of the Mixed Masters D/E doubles. In the Open Masters F/G/H/I coxless pairs, Quintin produced the two fastest crews. Bruce Lamka and Steve Aquilina finished 21 seconds ahead of Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine, but found themselves two seconds behind after the handicaps were applied.
Results for Quintin crews are shown below.
|Finish Posn||Start No.||Crew||Category||Time||H'cap Time||Cat. Posn.|
|64||226||Alex Miller and Leif Jacobsen||Mas B/C Champ 2x||14:29.25||3 of 8|
|151||236||Beks Edgar and Mark Chatwin||Mxd Mas B/C Champ 2x||15:00.23||3 of 4|
|208||481||Tom Bishop and Hilary Cook (MAABC)||Mxd Mas F/G 2x||15:27.30||14:07.30||1 of 3|
|211||55||Jason Bowyer and Ed Roe (Vesta RC)||Intermediate 2-||15:28.31||16 of 16|
|242||474||Bruce Lamka and Steve Aquilina||Mas F/G/H/I 2-||15:39.91||14:17.91||2 of 7|
|308||477||Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine||Mas F/G/H/I 2-||16:00.87||14:15.87||1 of 7|
|443||445||Dave King and Adrian Ballardie||Mas F/G Club 2x||17:23.21||9 of 10|
Full results at http://www.bblrc.co.uk/pairs-head-results-2017/.
The club has five entries in the Pairs Head this year and a 50% interest in a couple of composites. The crews and their starting positions are listed below. The race starts at midday on Saturday, 14th October and is over a downstream course on the ebb tide from the University Stone at Mortlake to Harrods wall.
- 55 Open Intermediate coxless pairs - Jason Bowyer and Ed Roe (Vesta RC)
- 226 Open Masters B/C Championship double sculls - Alex Miller and Lief Jacobsen
- 236 Mixed Masters B/C Championship double sculls - Beks Edgar and Mark Chatwin
- 445 Open Masters F/G Club double sculls - Dave King and Adrian Ballardie
- 474 Open Masters F/G/H/I coxless pairs - Bruce Lamka and Steve Aquilina
- 477 Open Masters F/G/H/I coxless pairs - Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine
- 481 Mixed Masters F/G double sculls - Tom Bishop and Hilary Cook (MAABC)
There are 508 crews altogether. The full start list may be downloaded (pdf format) af http://www.bblrc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/draw_v5.1.pdf. Note the revised draw (version 5.1).
Charles Harrison was competing at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls on Saturday and put in the fastest men's masters F single sculls time of 18 min. 46.7 sec. over the 4,250m course. He beat five other masters F scullers as well as a number of younger masters. His finishing position was 187 in division 1, which included junior quad sculls and double sculls and women's double sculls. This win opens a new season of the Pennant Winners Chart and this news item signifies the start of a new "news year".
The full results may be found at http://wallingford-sculls.org.uk/category/results/.
So you can see our first win of the new season.
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