The club has four entries for the Head of the River Fours, which kicks off a week on Saturday at 12:45 pm over the full championship course from Mortlake to Putney. Our start positions are as follows:
- 65 - Open Club Coxed Fours (stroke Ewing)
- 145 - Open Club Quad Sculls
- 175 - Open Club Coxless Fours
- 271 - Open Club Coxed Fours (stroke Cullen)
The full starting order may be found at https://hor4s.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/hor4sdrawandstartorder2019v1.pdf.
The following day the Veteran Fours Head takes place, starting at 9:45 am and over a course on the flood tide from the Milepost to the white davit at the upriver end of Chiswick Staithe. We have three entries:
- 20 - Masters D Quad Sculls
- 84 - Masters F Quad Sculls
- 112 - Masters F Coxless Four
The full starting order may be downloaded from http://vet4shead.squarespace.com/storage/2019-files/2019%20Provisional%20Start%20Order.xlsx.
The Teddington Head, due to take place this Saturday, has been cancelled due to the exceptionally high fluvial flows and the forecast for more heavy rain in the next few days. Charles Harrison, Steve Aquilina and Jonathan Ferris, who had all put in entries, will be disappointed not to get a chance to race. Our next opportunity wil be the following weekend, when the club has four entries in the Fours Head and three in the Veteran Fours Head.
Henley Sculls has been cancelled due to the strength of the stream (red boards).
Our war memorial will have an extra name when it goes back on the wall after the refurbishment of the club room. During the refurbishment the memorial was removed for the first time since the 1939-45 part of it was added. We have taken the opportunity to add the name of Stanley Clark, who died in 1943 while working on the infamous Burma-Siam Railway as a prisoner of the Japanese. He is buried in Chungkai war cemetery near the River Kwai but we only learnt of his death a few years ago. He had been the general manager of a company in Malaya, had then joined the Malayan equivalent of the Territorial Army and had been captured in Singapore. From what little information we have about him, we know that he rowed with us from 1923 to at least 1925. His results in internal club events in 1923 are typical of someone who had only just started rowing. In 1924 he rowed for Quintin in several external regattas without winning any events. Early in 1925 he was the winning stroke in Quintin's 'junior trial eights' race between two matched crews of members who were presumably being considered for regattas later in the season. 12 of the 16 oarsmen in the two trial eights subsequently represented Quintin at regattas in 1925 – but not Stanley Clark. We presume he must have been ill or injured or had other commitments and we can find no evidence that he rowed in either internal or external events after the spring of 1925. Perhaps he was about to go abroad and could no longer afford the time to row.
Members past and present might like to give a thought to Stanley Clark this coming Remembrance Sunday.
Photographs of the updated memorial may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2977.
The club has two single scullers competing at the weekend. Tom Solesbury is entered for the Henley Sculls and is in division 2, starting at 13:00. He is in the Masters A/B handicap category with start number 461 (division 2 numbers start at 301).
The full starting order for Henley may be downloaded from http://www.henleyopenevents.co.uk/events/henley-sculls-2019.
A little further afield Steve Aquilina is sculling in the 11 km. Turin Silver Skiff on the River Po in Italy. Steve starts at number 519 and is competing in the Masters E category.
The full starting order for the Silver Skiff may be found at https://www.silverskiff.org/en/silverskiff-starting-grid/.
The Barflies' annual overseas trip for 2019 was to Hamburg to compete in the Fari Cup, a head race over a 7.5 km. course in the city. They entered a Gig eight in the over 60 years category. As there was only one entry in this category they were both fastest and slowest. They completed the race in 33 min. 59.5 sec. taking in a 90 second handicap. The crew shared the cake awarded for the crew coming from furthest away with Tees Rowing Club, and were awarded fine coffee mugs as prizes!
The crew was Simon Wood (stroke), Mike Harris, Roy MacAvoy, Adrian Ballardie, Mark Woolterton, David King, Roger Griffiths and Nick Ryan (bow) and was coxed by a German friend of Simon.
As usual, the social events surrounding the trip were well organised including, as befits such tours, dinner in a brewery.
The full results may be downloaded from.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2970.
A few hours after Tom Bishop's success at the Head of the Charles, Mike Ewing was flying the club's colours at the Weybridge Silver Sculls. The provisional results show that Mike was the fastest single sculler and is thus the proud winner of the Silver Sculls. Well done, Mike! Mike's winning time was 13 min. 58 sec, some 35 seconds ahead of his closest rival.
The full results may be found at https://www.weybridgerowing.club/wss-results.
Mike joins battle in our.
A photograph of Mike being presented with the trophy may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2968.
Tom Bishop has won his division, the Men's Senior Veteran Singles I and II [70+], at the Head of the Charles for the third year running. First off in the first division of the first day of this two-day regatta, Tom was pushed all the way by the legendary Jim Dietz of the All American Rowing Camp (starting second) and beat him by just 1.174 seconds. Both scullers pulled away from the rest of the field, Robert Lee of the local Cambridge Boat Club finishing third, a further 80 seconds behind. Tom's winning time was 21 min. 46.750 sec.
The full results for the division are available at https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/eventResults.jsp?job_id=6141&event_id=1.
Tom also featured in the promotional image on the regatta's Twitter account, as shown in the photograph above and was interviewed prior to the race by. Tom also gets a mention in an article about Jim Dietz also for .
Pete Meaney's first attempt at this tricky, bendy course gave him a very creditable 32nd place out of 59 finishers in the Men's Veteran Singles I and II [60+] division. His overall time was 23 min. 24.044 sec,
The full results for this division are available at https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/eventResults.jsp?job_id=6141&event_id=3.
Tom takes an early lead in this year's.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2962.
Three club members are competing in major sculling events next Saturday. In the Weybridge Silver Sculls, Mike Ewing starts with bow number 399 in division 4, which commences at 15:30 and he is sculling in the Senior band 2 category. The full starting order for all four divisions may be found at https://www.weybridgerowing.club/wss-start-order.
Across the pond Tom Bishop and Pete Meaney are single sculling at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tom will once again have the privilege of kicking off the entire two-day regatta by being the first sculler to go in the Men’s Senior Veteran Singles I and II group at 07:45 local time on Saturday. Pete will have a slightly more leisurely start in the Men’s Veteran Singles [60+] category starting at 08:37. Further information at https://www.hocr.org/.
As mentioned above, Tom is the first boat off in the whole regatta. The starting order for Men's Senior Veteran Singles I and II [70+] may be found at https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/entries/competitors/?job_id=6141&event_id=1. Pete starts at number 48 in the Men's Veteran Singles I and II [60+], for which the starting order may be found at https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/entries/competitors/?job_id=6141&event_id=3.
Thames Rowing Club have created an online archive of their club records, including many photographs. One of our members recently came across this and we have selected half a dozen which we feel are pertinent to our club. With the permission of Thames Rowing Club we have replicated them in our own photo gallery. They may be viewed by following the link incorporated in the attached image.
The photographs may be viewed at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2213.
Four QBC members entered this event rowed across Cannes Bay (on the Med) on 6th October. Approximately 20km long, the course proved quite a challenge despite what the locals described as 'very mild coastal conditions' and under absolutely beautiful sunny skies. Nonetheless, despite a 'man overboard' midway during a crew re-organisation, the four (with cox) paddled on to the host boathouse (Rowing Club Cannes Mandelieu) some distance ahead of the next four.
Celebrations started soon after in the boathouse grounds with the main course being a fabulous seafood paella. The prize awarded to 'les Anglais' was a club T-shirt and a mention of the 'plonger'!
I don't think this qualifies for the Potwinners Chart (Ed.)
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2949.
The rain forecast for today appeared to have arrived early and passed on so that the Pairs Head was held in the dry autumnal sunshine with a prevailing SW wind getting all crews off to a fast start. Quintin had five crews in the race, Dave King and Adrian Ballardie having had to scratch. Our fastest crew was the Open Intermediate double scull of Glllard and Gillard, who finished third in their category in a time of 13 min. 28.34 sec. Mark Chatwin and Max Murdock were second in Open Senior coxless pairs but beat all the Open Championship pairs and were the fourth fastest pair overall. Geoff Peel and Jonathan Ferris were second in Masters G doubles. In Masters H double sculls Bruce Lamka and Graham Bagnall upheld a club tradition and extended our run of pennant wins in the Pairs Head to thirteen years, being the fastest in their category by some 40 seconds. Bruce has once again left his home town of Seattle to row with us and we are pleased that he will have some pewterware as a souvenir when he returns to the U.S.A. shortly.
Results for our five crews are given below and full results are available at.
|Posn.||Bow No.||Crew||Category||Time||Cat. Posn.|
|11||10||David Gillard and Fred Gillard||Open Intermediate 2x||13:28.34||3 of 11|
|22||30||Mark Chatwin and Max Murdock||Open Senior 2-||13:41.58||2 of 9|
|146||35||Harry Robins and Rory Dawson||Open Senior 2-||14:43.86||8 of 9|
|247||396||Geoff Peel and Jonathan Ferris||Masters G 2x||15:27.17||2 of 6|
|256||399||Bruce Lamka and Graham Bagnall||Masters H 2x||15:31.27||1 of 5|
Bruce and Graham join Tom, Charles, Beks and Lucy on one win each in the new season's.
The club has six entries for the Pairs Head, which takes place over the usual course from Mortlake to Harrods this coming Sunday. The race is scheduled to start at 10:30 am. Our entries and their bow numbers are as follows:
- 10 - David and Fred Gillard (Open 2x Intermediate)
- 30 - Mark Chatwin and Max Murdock (Open 2- Senior)
- 35 - Harry Robins and Rory Dawson (Open 2- Senior)
- 390 - Dave King and Adrian Ballardie (Masters F 2x)
- 396 - Geoff Peel and Jonathan Ferris (Masters G 2x)
- 399 - Bruce Lamka and Graham Bagnall (Masters H 2x)
Support along the river bank is always appreciated. The full start order may be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bWc2JYj606G9httvUDpvGhaqBVik0E-znTWpMRWap_M/edit#gid=0.
Quintin scullers chalked up three wins at Wallingford on Saturday. Beks Edgar and Lucy Iball won the women's double sculls in a field of six with a 30 second margin over their nearest rivals, Lea RC. Steve Aquilina was the fastest of our men's masters, beating Tom Bishop by just over a second, but unfortunately was beaten to the Masters E pennant by a sculler from the local club. Tom (Masters H), in winning Masters G/H/I, had no need of the age-related handicap as he was indeed faster than the whole of the Masters F division, which was won by Charles Harrison. We are reliably informed that Pete Meaney had an argument with a tree. Mark O'Brien did not start.
The results for our scullers are given below and full results may be found at https://www.raceclocker.com/Event_Result.php?EIDK=0681e852.
|Category||Cat. Posn.||Bow No.||Sculler(s)||Time|
|Women's 2x||1||78||Beks Edgar and Lucy Iball||17:58.5|
|Masters E 1x||2||197||Steve Aquilina||19:31.4|
|Masters G/H/I 1x||1||267||Tom Bishop||19:32.6|
|Masters F 1x||1||226||Charles Harrison||19:35.7|
|Masters F 1x||3||228||Pete Meaney||21:00.0|
|Masters D 1x||DNS||119||Mark O'Brien|
These wins kick off ourfor the 2019-20 season.
To kick off the new autumn and winter season of head races the club has six entries for Wallingford Long Distance Sculls this coming Saturday:
- Mark O'Brien - Masters D 1x
- Steve Aquilina - Masters E 1x
- Pete Meaney - Masters F 1x
- Charles Harrison - Masters F 1x
- Tom Bishop - Masters H 1x
- Beks Edgar and Lucy Iball - Women's 2x
The starting order is due to be published on Thursday on the event website - https://wallingford-sculls.org.uk/.
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