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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