The club's keen scullers took to the upriver waters of Walton and Weybridge this Saturday to take part in the Weybridge Silver Sculls. Whereas originally this event was for single sculllers only, nowadays it includes double sculls and even coxed double skiffs. The winner of the top single sculls category is still awarded the eponymous Silver Sculls and this year it was our own Mike Ewing who claimed the prize, completing the course in 14 min. 1sec, 47 seconds ahead of the next sculler in the Senior Singles Band 1 division. Earlier in the day Mike had also sculled in and won the Band 3 division in a time of 13 min. 44 sec.
Pete Meaney and Charles Harrison got together to form a Masters G double and were placed in a G/H handicapped division with two "H" doubles, so they had what turned out to be a 26 second handicap to contend with. Undaunted, they finished the course in 14 min. 44 sec. with a 65 second margin over their closest rivals after the handicapping had been applied.
Pete also doubled up, coming second in the Masters F singles division in 16 min. 29 sec, and Steve Aquilina was also second in Masters E in a time of 15 min. 42 sec..
Full results may be found at https://www.weybridgerowing.club/wss-results.
The club has four scullers competing in the Weybridge Silver Sculls next Saturday. The race is split into four divisions. Division 1, starting at 9:30 am, includes Steve Aquilina in Masters E single sculls with a starting number of 65. Division 2, at 11:30 am includes Mike Ewing (start No. 111) in Senior single sculls band 3. Division 3, at 1:30 pm has Pete Meaney and Charles Harrison (No. 164) as a Masters G double in the G/H handicap category. Mike Ewing and Pete Meaney then scull again in Division 4 at 3:30 pm, Mike in Senior singles band 1 (No. 253) and Pete in Masters F singles (No. 281).
The full starting order may be found at https://www.weybridgerowing.club/wss-start-order.
Club member Tom Solesbury has entered for this year's Wingfield Sculls. Due to the lack of racing this year the organisers have not been able to select the entries based on form and so they are holding a time trial this coming Sunday to reduce the competition to manageable numbers. The fastest six over the course from Auriol Kensington to the University of London boathouse will then take part in the race proper on Thursday, 29th October over the same course.
Full details are now available at https://www.wingfieldsculls.com/the-2020-race.
There were 96 finishers in this year's Pairs Head which, due to the coronaavirus pandemic, was limited to local clubs. The fastest crew were the double scull of Bourne and O'Mahony of Tideway Scullers School in a time of 14 min. 17.38 sec. and the fastest women were Craig and Grant of the University of London and Cambridge University in 14 min. 50.97 sec, also in a double. The fastest Quintin crew were the Miller/Ewing coxless pair in a time of 15 min. 9.71 sec, placing them third in the Championship category and eighth overall. Steve Aquilina and Ian Hyslop won the Masters F double sculls with a 10+ second margin over Sons of the Thames and Geoff Peel and Graham Bagnall were the faster of the two Masters G/H doubles, with or without the handicap to which they were entitled. As there were only two entries in this event we were not sure if it qualified for a pennant, but we have now been informed that Geoff and Graham were awarded one.
Results for the five Quintin crews are given below:
|8||32||Miller/Ewing||Op Champ 2-||15:09.71||3|
|23||27||Aquilina/Hyslop||Op MasF 2x||16:04.37||1|
|28||38||Coldwell/Turakhia||Op Club 2-||16:16.87||4|
|51||42||Ryan/Nash||Op Club 2-||17:00.05||6|
|60||29||Peel/St. John Bagnall||Op MasG/H 2x||17:23.48||1|
The full results may be found at https://www.bblrc.co.uk/results/pairs-head-2020/.
With their wins Steve, Ian, Geoff and Graham open this year's.
Surprise, surprise! We have a race on Sunday, the first for the club since the Quintin Head in January. The Pairs Head is due to kick off at 11:00 am this Sunday, pandemic restrictions permitting. Because Hammersmith Bridge is still closed to river traffic the course has been altered to start at "the UL petrol pumps" (the pumps themselves long since gone) and finish at Sons of the Thames (Corinthian Sailing Club). The number of entries has also been limited to 99. The club has five entries, listed below in starting order:
- 27 - Ian Hyslop and Steve Aquilina (Mas2x - 3 entries)
- 29 - Geoff Peel and Graham St. John Bagnall (MasG/H 2x - MasH - 2 entries)
- 32 - Alex Miller and Mike Ewing (Championship 2- - 6 entries)
- 38 - Jonathan Coldwell and Sachin Turakhia (Club 2- - 6 entries)
- 42 - Oliver Ryan and Will Nash (Club 2-)
Owing to the pandemic for once we must tell you not to support our crews along the riverside.
The full list of entries may be found at http://www.bblrc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/pairshead-prov-start-order_v2.pdf.
In these Covid-19 days, some of our members have been scouring the internet looking for material of potential interest to the club. Occasionally items appear on eBay and the like, and sometimes the bidding is within the range of our members' pockets. Recent activity has resulted in some interesting items dating from 1905 to 1945. You can access the Recent Additions album through the link on the image above. Thanks particularly go to Malcolm Cook and Dave King.
These recent additions may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2213.
We may not be permitted to row together in the same boat at the moment, but we can at least now socialise in the club bar, provided we obey a strict set of guidelines. Club members will have received an email detailing these requirements and they have been asked to ensure that they and their guests adhere to them.
As of yesterday the aim is to open the bar on Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, so come and have a pint!
The major works to the boathouse are now complete and the scaffolding has at last come down, exposing the pristine exterior of our river frontage. The level of the balcony has been raised to that of the clubroom, so we now look forward to the time when we can throw open the french windows on a warm summer's evening and enjoy the view. The photograph here shows off the smart exterior. Follow the link by "clicking" on the image to also see the view out from the club room through the french window.
Two photographs of the completed works may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3028.
It is our sad duty to report the death of Nigel Davies, a member of this club in the early 1990s. Nigel had been away from the UK, working in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. He went into hospital complaining of backache but was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was impinging on his spine and sadly he died yesterday. His family back in the UK were unable to be with him at the end, but his wife informs us that he had a number of wonderful friends with him who are now trying to move heaven and earth to get his body repatriated.
Nigel was a keen competitor at the club before his work took him away (first of all to Bulgaria). He represented the club at Henley Royal Regatta on three occasions, rowing in 1992 in the Thames Cup eight and Wyfold four with, among others, Duncan Hughes, Pete Meaney, Nick Gittins and Leif Jacobsen. In 1994 he represented the club in the Thames Cup and the Britannia Cup, and in 1995 in our Thames Cup 'A' crew. His exuberant personality earned him the nickname "mad Nigel", not only from his crew mates but from the rest of the club.
Nigel kept in touch with his friends at the club over the years. Your correspondent recalls him proudly announcing success in the Bulgarian National Rowing Championships and also reporting when he was privileged to carry the Olympic torch on its journey through the streets of Kingston in 2012. He will be sorely missed by those whose paths he crossed.
A photograph of Nigel competing in the Thames Cup at henley in 1992 may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=328.
There has not been much activity at the club lately, either on the rowing front or on the building works, due to the covid-19 lockdown, however we do have some spanking new shutters for the boat bays. No more bending down and wrestling with the creaking old ones; no more 'anging the 'ook - these shutters are electrically operated! Now we just need the opportunity to use them.
Photographs of the new shutters may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3025.
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