Unfortunately this weekend's events have been hit either by the state of the river (Kingston Head) or by the Coronavirus situation (Heineken Roeivierkamp, Amsterdam) so comiserations to our club members who were entered for these events.
As things stand the Head of the River Race and the Veterans Head are due to take place next weekend but we shall have to see if emergency legislation rules these out as well. In the meantime, here are our starting positions for those two races - firstly for the Head of the River Race, which is due to start at 14:45 GMT on Saturday, 21st March:
- 25 — Quintin Boat Club A
- 120 — Quintin Boat Club B
The full draw may be found at http://www.horr.co.uk/wordpress/draw/.
Secondly for the Veterans Head, which is due to start at 15:00 GMT on Sunday 22nd March:
- 86 — Quintin BC Masters E
- 114 — Quintin BC / Bedford RC Masters H (G/H handicap)
- 116 — Quintin BC Masters G (G/H handicap)
- 144 — Quintin BC / Mortlake AABC / RowZambezi Sculling Club / Lea RC / Greenbank Falmouth RC / York City RC / Thames RC Women's Masters D
The full draw for this race may be found at https://www.vestarowing.co.uk/veterans-head-of-the-river/.
Let's hope we can get some racing done!
The Women's Eights Head of the River Race has been cancelled. The race ws due to be rowed on the ebb tide at 2:30 this afternoon, but overnight the PLA changed their warning flag from amber to red, meaning "the fluvial flows are very strong and conditions are difficult and dangerous. All man-powered vessels are advised not to go afloat on the Ebb Tide".
The Women's Eights Head of the River race is due to take place next Saturday over the Championship course from Mortlake to Putney, starting at 2:30 pm. The club has members taking part in three composite crews, as follows:
- 93 Lorna Cardwell - Tideway Scullers School/Quintin Boat Club Masters B
- 99 Beks Edgar - Quintin/Upper Thames/Strathclyde Park/City of Bristol/Szeged Hungary/Grosvenor/Walton Masters C
- 111 Mel Grech - Lea/Row Zambezi/Yare/MortlakeA&A/Quintin/Thames Masters D
There is a single Masters pennant to compete for, based on handicap.
The full draw may be found at https://www.wehorr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/draw-2020.pdf. All support along the riverbank and in the clubroom would be gratefully appreciated.
The Quintin Head prize giving took place in the newly redecorated clubroom on Wednesday, 12th February. The function was well attended by many of the prize winners and the prizes were presented by Quintin Hogg trustee Victoria Batten. A selectiion of phiotographs is attached.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3007.
Due to the predicted high winds and fast flowing stream, the Hammersmith Head, scheduled to take place this Sunday, 16th February, has been cancelled.
The club has three eights entered for the Hammersmith Head this coming Sunday (16th February, starting at 9:30 am). Their start positions are as follows:
- 92 — Masters G VIII
- 109 — Open Championship VIII
- 250 — Masters E VIII
Interestingly, there were originally three entries in Masters E, but two of them have scratched. Will the Barflies be able to paddle over for a pennant? All support on the river bank and in the club room would be greatly appreciated.
The full starting order may be downloaded from https://www.hammersmithhead.com/.
Sadly, we have learnt that Alan Soulsby died on Friday. He was surrounded by his family. Joining Quintin in 1953, he won Senior events both as a sculler and as an oarsman, notably forming a successful double sculling partnership with Harry Sibley.
A photograph of Alan and Harry's double may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2028.
Once again this year the Quintin Hogg Memorial Fund is contributing two junior victor ludorum prizes; one for boys and one for girls. We are pleased to announce that the prizes will again be CoxOrb Platinum devices from Active Tools.
The race itself is already over-subscribed to the 250 crew limit. Let us hope for good weather for racing on the day. Only ten days to go!
The club had a large number of entries for Walton Small Boats Head this coming Saturday, but the event has been cancelled. The organisers say that the Environment Agency are changing their boards to red today and more rain is forecast over the next 24 hours. Also up to 20 mph winds are forecast during Saturday.
The Scullers' Head took place over the Championship course today, starting at 11:30 am. The club had eleven scullers starting and finishing the race and chalked up three pennant winners and three second places within category, with four of our scullers finishing in the top 86. Mike Ewing finished ninth overall and second in the men's senior category. Max Murdock won the men's novice pennant, finishing 24th overall. Mark Chatwin won the Masters B pennant, finishing 38th overall and Tom Bishop won the Masters H+ category. Our two other second places were achieved by Jonathan Ferris in Masters F and Pete Meaney in Masters G. Full provisional results for our scullers are as follows:
|Posn.||Bow No.||Sculler||Time||Category||Cat. Posn.|
|9||24||Mike Ewing||21:55.00||M (Senior)||2 of 19|
|25||261||Max Murdock||22:10.42||M (Novice)||1 of 15|
|38||96||Mark Chatwin||22:23.04||Masters B||1 of 12|
|86||323||Kierhan Brown||22:50.63||M (Club)||8 of 21|
|122||398||Mark O'Brien||23:16.28||Masters D||3 of 16|
|165||451||Jonathan Ferris||23:43.56||Masters F||2 of 22|
|177||454||Charles Harrison||23:48.76||Masters F||5 of 22|
|184||488||Tom Bishop||23:54.15||Masters H+||1 of 5|
|210||37||Steve Aquilina||24:06.21||M (Senior)||16 of 19|
|224||474||Pete Meaney||24:14.38||Masters G||2 of 13|
|267||363||Amaury Trockels||24:34.71||M (Novice)||10 of 15|
Full provisional results are at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SrHAZ2cbOOItTQBDPmmGqhLIauAo1Prd/view.
Steve Aquilina elected for an early starting position by entering the open category rather than Masters E. Tom Solesbury, drawn to start in eighth position, had to scratch from the race due to illness'.
Theis growing in numbers.
The club has twelve entries for the Vesta Scullers' Head, which takes place over the Championship course next Saturday, starting at 11:30 am. Our starting positions and categories are as follows:
- 8 - Tom Solesbury (M Champ)
- 24 - Mike Ewing (M Senior)
- 37 - Steve Aquilina (M Senior)
- 96 - Mark Chatwin (Masters B)
- 323 - Kierhan Brown (M Club)
- 361 - Max Murdock (M Novice)
- 363 - Amaury Trockels (M Novice)
- 398 - Mark O'Brien (Masters D)
- 451 - Jonathan Ferris (Masters F)
- 454 - Charles Harrison (Masters F)
- 474 - Pete Meaney (Masters G)
- 488 - Tom Bishop (Masters H+)
The full starting order may be downloaded from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CMcp1GTsIYQe2GWfBqRIa85ewOg_ANX7/view.
Vin's funeral will be on Tuesday 3rd December at 1:00 pm at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip. Details of how to get there can be found at https://archive.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/30632/How-to-get-to-the-crematorium. .
Please let Malcolm Cook, the club's secretary, know if you expect to attend.
The fog came and went as the crews marshalled for today's Veteran Fours Head, but the race started more or less on time in calm conditions with the incoming tide fighting to overcome the fluvial flow. The course was from the Mile Post to the davit on Chiswick Staithe, a couple of minutes upstream of Chiswick Bridge. The fastest crew by a 24 second margin was a composite Masters A quadruple scull from Team Keane and Tideway Scullers in a time of 17 min. 57.8 sec. Quintin had three crews racing, the fastest of which was our Masters F quadruple scull, which finished 19th overall in a time of 19 min. 24.3 sec. and won the crew the category pennant over the other seven Masters F quads. Our Masters D quadruple scull, made up of some of our "Barflies", finished 65th overall and sixth out of nine in category in a time of 20 min. 51.4 sec. Finally, our Masters F coxless four (also "Barflies") finished 123rd overall and sixth out of six in category in a time of 22 min. 11.2 sec.
The full results may be found at http://vet4shead.squarespace.com/results-and-prizes.
The pennant-winning personnel are listed in this year's.
A photograph of the winning quad scull may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2985.
Saturday 23rd November saw Quintin enter three boats for the Fullers’ Fours Head, in Band 1 Club coxed fours, Band 2 coxed fours, and band 2 coxless fours, while our Band 1 quadruple scull unfortunately was forced to scratch due to illness. Despite the large amount of stream coming down river, conditions were decent, with some headwind from the east around St Paul’s and Putney.
Our top coxed four achieved a very promising result, coming in fourth in a category headed up by Oxford Brookes’ GB rowers, three of whom had Silver or Bronze medals from September’s World Championships, and finished 3rd overall in a time of 18:27.1. The Quintin boat was 15 seconds behind Molesey, who won the Britannia Cup for club coxed fours at Henley last summer, and five seconds adrift of a strong Thames crew containing members who had raced at GB trials, while they beat Molesey’s second coxed four, London, Kingston, Upper Thames and Cork BC among others. The crew took the impetus early rating 36-37, keen not to repeat last year’s slow start (slowest to Barnes), and quickly came up on Royal Chester while passing under Barnes Bridge. As they hit rhythm at 34 strokes per minute, the Crews raced side by side through the crossing point, with Quintin overtaking steadily on the Middlesex side. The duel kept the Quintin crew honest through a quiet section of river. Contact was broken around the end of Chiswick Eyot, where Chester began to fade rapidly. Quintin pushed effectively through Hammersmith and the slightly rougher water, closing on Kingston, ahead of them all the way to the finish. Quintin then overtook eight crews on the paddle home(!).
The second coxed four had a reasonable row, being placed seventh out of 15 crews in band 2 in a time of 20 min. 23.3 sec. Although the race was decent overall, it is clear to the crew where improvements need to be made to get quicker, which is a positive for them to take away. Having said that, there were some fresh haircuts in the boat, with the 2019 Brit four sponsor, Samosa Wallah, particularly pleased with the introduction of Jonathan Caldwell into the crew. The third, relatively inexperienced boat were placed 20th out of 24 in Band 2 coxless fours, with the steersman Jack Hodges successfully navigating his first competitive run down the Championship course. Having been made aware of the result, they were quick to point the finger at the stronger than usual fluvial flow.
Overall, the race proved a strong base for the club to build on into January, with a number of new members still waiting for their first opportunity to compete for the club. The squad's next race will be at Walton on 14th December, with some squad members competing in the Scullers’ Head on Saturday 7th.
Full results are available at https://hor4s.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/hor4s19-resultsbytime-final.pdf (time order) and https://hor4s.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/hor4s19-resultsbyeventwithintermediates-final.pdf (category order).
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2981.
We are sorry to announce the death of Vin Batten, who died peacefully at home last Friday week. He was 92. Vin joined Quintin in 1947 and quickly established his place in our top crews. He represented QBC at Henley every year from 1948 to 1956, usually as stroke of our Thames Cup eight. He continued rowing and competing until well into his 70s.
A photograph of Vin with Hugh Davy may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=666.
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:
- 8 - Open Club Quad Sculls Band 1 - scratched
- 78 - Open Club Coxed Fours Band 1 (stroke Ewing)
- 232 - Open Club Coxless Fours Band 2
- 284 - Open Club Coxed Fours Band 2 (stroke Durbidge)
The full starting order may be found at https://hor4s.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/hor4s2019-11-20startordercri-r34.pdf. This is the final draw, which is diifferent than that originally published.
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%20Final%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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