The club had two fours competing at Wallingford Regatta on Sunday. In the Challenge coxless fours event, where there were 18 entries, in their heat our crew covered the 2000m Dorney Lake course in 7 minutes 8.85 seconds but failed to qualify for the final. In Club coxless fours 30 crews entered and 26 raced in five heats. In their heat our crew covered the course in 6 minutes 51.78 seconds, finishing second, but did not qualify for the repechage.
The full results of the regatta may be found at https://wallingford-regatta.org.uk/results/.
Chiswick Amateur Regatta returned to its traditional May Day bank holiday weekend slot this Saturday and was blessed with a sunny spring day. The programme catered for 93 races from 8:30 in the morning until six o'clock in the evening, although some stratchings meant that the first race to take palce was at 8;40. The events were prdominantly for juniors, with a strong representation from our resident Kew House School. Unusually Quintin had only one representative - Jack Hodges in Open Single Sculls Band 2 - but we are pleased to announce that he was victorious, beating Wong of Sons of the Thames easily in his first heat and Gliniecki of Poplar, Blackwall and District by 3½ lengths in the final. This was Jack's first foray into open competition in singles, so well done, Jack!
Jack's win swells the ranks of the.
Full results should appear on thewebsite shortly.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3200.
Our masters were competing at Hammersmith Regatta on Saturday. With a line-up giving an age category of G (65-69) they were originally scheduled to race Bentham in a heat but the opposition withdrew. They advanced to race the final against a Sons of the Thames 'F' crew, stroked by Richard Lonergan's brother, and, after a fast start by the Sons crew, overhauled them to win by two lengths.
The names of the winning crew may be found on ourpage.
As well as the Head of the River Race returning to the Tideway this weekend we saw The Vesta Veterans Head back in action on Sunday. Saturday's blue skies had been replaced by a blanket of cloud, but the temperature was a comfortable but cool 11-12°C when the race started at around 12:30 pm. The club had two eights entered and an interest in a third, where our captain was competing in a composite crew with London Rowing Club.
The Quintin/London crew, starting at No. 23, finished eighth overall and won the Masters D eights pennant in a time of 19 min. 28.48 sec. Our Masters F "barflies", starting at No. 79, finished 126th in 23 min. 8.73 sec. and our Masters G crew, starting at No. 84 caught the barflies and finished 49th overall in a time of 21 min. 5.21 sec, winning the Masters G/H handicap pennant.
The names of our pennant winners may be found on ourpage.
The full results are at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q8nDDHRDJYEOAvz4kiWyw1604V_aUvXj6OLT-Zw0aQw/edit#gid=0.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3195.
Saturday saw the return of the Head of the River Race to the Tideway after a two-year absence owing to the covid pandemic. Competitors benefited from the slightly unseasonal spring-like weather, with a gentle breeze and a temperature of around 20°C. The club's first eight completed the course in 19 min. 19.7 sec, finishing in 73rd position. The winners were, once again, Oxford Brookes University in a time of 16 min. 59.8 sec, the fastest time since 2011.
A summary of the results may be found on http://www.horr.co.uk/results/and full results are available at
The club had a Masters 'G' quad scull competing at the Kingston Head of the River race this weekend, rowing over the usual course from Hampton Court to Kingston Rowing Club. They were competing for the Open Masters F/G/H handicap, which they won handsomely, completing the course in 17 min. 46.07 sec. After handicaps had been applied they still had a 42 second advantage over the next crew.
The names of the winning crew members may be found on ourpage.
The full results of the race may be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16A0BazoOO4rNrkwdAtMw6MVv3URr4OklH_AGIFd1zXg/edit#gid=1485417664.
Quintin's perrenial American master oarsman, Bruce Lamka, is currently at his London residence and making good use of the club's facilities. Coming from Seattle he takes a great interest in the exploits of the University of Washington and had spotted that our local traditional boatbuilders at Richmond Bridge Boathouses had constructed a replica of a 16-oared training boat used by the said university for its novice rowers. This was being made for use in a film to be directed by George Clooney based on the book "The Boys in the Boat", which tells the tale of the formation and preparation of the Wasnington rowing eight that represented the USA at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning the gold medal. It was known that the boat had been moored next to Richmond Bridge. Consequently, on Monday 14th March Andrew Bramah, Roger Hine and Bruce met at Richmond station and headed for the riverside to see if the boat was still there. Unfortunately it wasn't! What they did discover was, in some ways, even better - another replica for the film but this time the shell eight "Husky Clipper". The original boat that won at the 1936 Olympics still exists and hangs from the ceiling of the dining room at the Conibear shellhouse in Seattle. Painstaking research has been carried out to make as exact a replica as is practical. Some idea of this can be gained from viewing the photographs attached to this article. Roger and Bruce made a second visit today to gather a little more information and take some additional photographs.
At least some of the filming is to take place at the Cotswold Water Park and a call did go out for young oarsmen to take part in the filming. We don't know if it is too late for some of our own younger members to get involved.
Photographs of the boat may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3183.
The club has two quad sculls entered for the Reading University Head this coming Saturday. Division 1 starts at 10:30 am and division 2 starts at 2:30 pm, but as yet we have not seen a starting order. Our crews are entered in Open quad sculls and Masters G quad sculls.
The website for the event is at https://www.readinguniversityboatclub.co.uk/events.
The club's masters were competing in the Hammersmith Head today with an Open Masters 'F' eight and an Open Masters 'G' eight which was competing in a Masters G/H handicap event. The Masters F eight were sixth in their category in a time of 13 min. 43.3 sec. while the Masters G crew took the G/H handicap pennant in a time of 12 min. 27.7 sec..
The winning crew: Graham Bagnall (bow), Tom Bishop, Geoff Peel, Ian Hyslop, Steve Aquilina, Richard Lonergan, Charles Harrison, Pete Meaney (stroke), Jane Adams (cox).
The full results in time order may be downloaded from https://www.hammersmithhead.com/_files/ugd/c62524_9bc0b9b87f9946b69d6016b467d2c4d8.pdf and by event from https://www.hammersmithhead.com/_files/ugd/c62524_9600256ca5224959bcfcdfc3da9c40dc.pdf.
Tom Bishop is pretty unassailable in the closing stages of this year's.
The club has two masters eights entered for the Hammersmith Head this coming Sunday. There are 314 entries overall and our crews start at Nos. 255 (Open Masters F) and 258 (Masters G in Open Masters G/H handicap). The course is the usual one from Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge and the race commences at 1:30 pm.
The full draw may be downloaded as an Excel file.
It was good to see the Quintin Head back in the racing calendar after a year's gap because of the covid-19 pandemic. The weather was relatively kind - a dry day with some sunshine, but with a strong south westerly wind blowing. Whilst the wind direction lent to fairly benign racing conditions the head wind encountered by crews making their way from Putney to the start was not anticipated by a number of crews, who arrived late at Chiswick and accordingly received time penalties. Fortunately for the competitors the penalties did not affect the awarding of prizes and Oxford Brookes University retained the headship they won two years ago as well as securing second place overall. Oxford University provided the fastest women's crew. The fastest Junior men's crew was St Edward's School and Henley RC fielded the fastest women's juniors.
A mention should be made of our first overseas entry - from Náutico Sevilla in Spain.
Full results are at ../quintinhead/results.php?date=2022-01-29.
Thanks go to all the competitors and their coaches and to the myriad volunteers without whom the race would not have been possible.
Adrian Ballardie has put together a video slideshow as a memento for all the volunteers. This may be viewed at https://replay.dropbox.com/share/WIFnAbcjtRY5JwPn?video_version_id=pid_rvv:AAAAALXj8rqhy6zO-fyCgdTWHsOHhEpZFqQSkjuscneK9V-T.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3174.
While most Quintin members were tucked up in bed, possibly dreaming of the imminent Quintin Head event, Tom Bishop was chalking up a couple of wins down under. Tom has been visiting his daughter, who has just had her first child, but while he was in Australia he managed to squeeze in a couple of races at the Rowing NSW Small Boats Regatta. First he won division 4 of the men's masters single sculls, competing against, among others, ex-Quintin member John James, who was in the Olympic silver medal winning GB four of 1964 and the Quintin Steward's Cup winning four of 1965. John is now in the masters K (83-85) category and still racing.
Tom then went on to race with one of John's clubmates from North Shore, Len Walter, who had also been in the singles race. Tom and Len competed in and won men's masters double sculls Division 2.
The results of the races may be downloaded (pdf) from 2022_rowing_NSW_results.pdf. Tom's singles race is race 79 and the doubles race is race 91.
Tom's two wins in the southern hemisphere mean he has opened this year'swhile we are still in the heads season.
Tom added to his report: "I also got invited on 26th and rowed in the Ancient Mariners 8 out of Drummoyne Rowing Club. I was the youngest in the crew which makes a change. The oldest was 87. We did some starts and 2 minute pieces followed by a crew breakfast on a balcony overlooking the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour. It is nice to get some sun."
A photograph of To's prizes may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3172.
Afer a year's absence owing to the Covid pandemic the Quintin Head is back this Saturday, starting at 1:00 pm. There were considerably more entries than the limit of 250 crews and it is expected that most of the successful entrants will make it on to the River on Saturday. Commiserations to those entrants who were beaten to the 250 available slots. Perhaps next year the limit will be increased.
The full start order may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/quintinhead/startorder.php.
Our annual Plum Puddings event took place this Sunday. In its current form this is a timed procession with a sealed handicap to determine the winners of the aforementioned plum puddings and other prizes. This year there were fifteen entries in a variety of boat classes from Mortlake Anglian and Alpha, East India Club and, of course, Quintin, although two of the Mortlake crews scratched before taking to the water.
The fastest crew was the East India Club eight with a margin of over a minute over the MAA open quad, but after handicaps were applied the quad took first place and a bottle of wine each. Second on handicap was Jackie's QBC coxed octuple, and they took home the nine plum puddings. Third place went to the MAA mixed masters F eight, winning them a pack of beer. As the winners were a foursome rather than the normal eight a further prize was awarded to the fourth placed crew, the Quintin Quintets coxless quad, who took home the four remaining bottles of wine.
The full results may be downloaded from https://quintinboatclub.org/news/2021_plum_pudding_results.pdf.
After all the boats were safely stowed away in their boathouses food and drinks were served in the Quintin club room and the prize winners were presented with their rewards.
The club entered three single scullers for Walton Small Boats Head on Saturday: Ken Almand and Dov Ohrenstein in Masters D and Tom Bishop in Masters G. The Masters D category was split into two bands with Dov in band 1 and Ken in band 2. Ken recorded a time of 11 min. 22.5 sec. and won the band 2 pennant, but Dov apparently visited the trees near Walton Bridge, slowing him to 11 min. 35.9 sec. and no pennant in band 1. In Masters G Tom was triumphant again in 11 min. 44.4 sec, beating the next fastest 'G' sculler by over 30 seconds.
The full results may be downloaded from http://www.waltonrowingclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/WSBH-2021-RESULTS-REV-B.pdf.
In this year'sTom is beginning to look unassailable, while Ken has only just joined in the fun.
The club had three single scullers and a double entered for Teddington Head: Dov Ohrenstein and Ken Almand in Masters C/D singles handicap and Tom Bishop in Masters H while Ian Hyslop and Steve Aquilina were in Masters F/G double sculls. Unfortunately Ken Almand had to withdraw but Dov went on to win the C/D pennant in 21 min. 21.6 sec. Tom won the Masters H pennant in 22 min. 16.5 sec. Steve and Ian (Masters G) were over a minute faster than the Masters F double in their F/G handicap event, clocking 20 min. 52.3 sec, but as there were only two entries in the category no pennant was awarded.
With these two wins Tom extends his lead in and Dov joins this year's.
Dov also went down the track a second time in a Tideway Scullers quad.
The full results for division 1 (in which our scullers competed) may be downloaded from https://walbrookrowing.files.wordpress.com/2021/11/div-1-final-rfesults.pdf.
Quintin had four crews competing in the Veteran Fours Head on Sunday; two from the "barflies" and two from the older but more serious "racing vets". The barflies were entered in thr Masters F quad sculls and coxless fours categories. The quad finished 8th in category (127th overall) in a time of 23 min. 12.8 sec. and the four were 4th in category (185th overall) in 24 min. 19.5 sec. (including a time penalty). The Masters G quad had an excellent scull, finishing 28th overall in a a time of 21 min 14.2 sec and winning the category pennant, while the Masters H quad were equally successsful, winning the category in 22 min. 20.8 sec. and finishing 82nd overall.
All figures based on provisional results, to be confirmed later thsi week. Full provisional results may be downloaded from https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=91281729C4D224D1!148&ithint=file%2cxlsx&authkey=!AHDJcmnqeZ1or6M.
Tom Bishop adds to his tally but is joined by more of his fellow masters in this year's.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3166.
This weekend sees the return of the Head of the River Fours and the Veteran Fours Head. Quintin has two crews entered in the Open Club Coxed Fours division for Saturday's event and four entries for the Masters event on Sunday. Our start numbers on Saturday are 200 and 201. On Sunday we have a Masters F quad scull (No. 98), a Masters G quad scull (No. 149), a Masters H quad scull (No. 161) and a Masters F coxless four (No. 167). Saturday's race starts at 10:45 am and Sunday's at 12:30 pm. and both are over the full Mortlake to Putney championship course.
The full start order for Saturday's race may be found at https://hor4s.files.wordpress.com/2021/11/fourshead2021_startorder_r44_2_publish.pdf and for Sunday's race at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VwsCQbTNdXPdwK28uu8tdMchZJURJpTW3UKZlfYuFYs/edit#gid=2011719778.
Tom Bishop was racing in both divisions at Henley Sculls head this Saturday. In the morning, in division 1, he competed in Masters H/I double sculls handicap with Rod Stewart of Dart Totnes as partner. Their raw time of 13 min. 40.4 sec. was only a second slower than the fastest Masters A double and beat all the Bs,Cs, Ds, Es, Fs and Gs, as well as being over two minutes faster than the next crew in their category.
In the afternoon, in division 2, Tom competed in Masters H/I single sculls, this time competing against Rod Stewart, whom he pushed into second position by 9 seconds in a time of 15 min. 12 sec.
The full results may be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10GvEmH_5TzVyyuVrecVd74ZHoi-0V_Yb/edit#gid=2142236122.
At Kingston Small Boats Head Dov Ohrenstein competed in Masters D/E single sculls and completed the course in 21 min. 7.16 sec, but finished sixth out of the seven scullers in the category after handicaps had been applied. Ken Almand was also entered in the Masters D/E event but was not given a time and so presumably scratched.
The full results from Kingston may be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet from https://932e4d4f-a5d6-414e-af82-ca2c3aa8c18c.filesusr.com/ugd/535d0a_6c452624f7d34da88b40d2da19315a4e.xlsx?dn=Final%20Results%20KSBH.xlsx.
Tom's two wins at Henley mean he is streaking ahead in this year's(as usual).
There are two head races within striking distance of the club this Saturday - Kingston Small Boats Head and Henley Sculls. Dov Ohrenstein and Ken Almand are competing at Kingston, in division 1, which starts at 10:30 am. Both Dov and Ken are in the Masters D/E handicap category, for which there are 12 entries. Dov's start number is 143 and Ken is two behind at 145.
Tom Bishop is racing in division 2 at Henley, starting at 1:00 pm. There are 240 scullers in this division, numbered from 301 to 540. Tom is number 528 and so will have quite a long wait before he can get going. There are two other entries with Tom in the Masters H/I category, including old rival Rod Stewart of Dart Totnes, who starts just behind Tom. Tom is also competing in a Masters H/I double scull in division 1, which starts at 10:00 am. Tom's start number is 99 and, interestingly, his partner is the aforementioned Rod Stewart. Good luck to all our competitors!
The start order for Kingston may be downloaded from https://www.kingstonrc.co.uk/kingston-sbh and that for Henley is at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I2j8nk8vKTFncTkFdlWlatIoW-GFkYO0/view.
Our Masters 'G' quad won the Masters EFG division at the Upper Thames Autumn Head on Sunday. Their time was 12 min. 45.1 sec. adjusted for handicap to 12 min 6.1 sec. The next fastest crew in the category was the Bradford-on-Avon 'F' crew, nearly 4 seconds slower snd 24 seconds slower after applying the handicap. Congratulations to the winning crew of Steve Aquilina, Tom Bishop, Charles Harrison and Ian Hyslop.
The full results are at http://www.utrc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/UTAH21-Results-Div-2.pdf.
Tom adds to his tally in thebut now has some company.
The club has a crew entered for the Upper Thames Autumn Head this coming Saturday. They are racing in the afternoon division, which starts at 2:15 pm and contains categories for eights, quads, coxed and coxless fours, doubles and pairs. Our crew is a quad scull competing for the Masters EFG handicap pennant. There are nine entries in this event: two 'E' crews, five 'F' and two 'G'. Ours is a 'G' crew made up of Steve Aquilina, Tom Bishop, Charles Harrison and Ian Hyslop. Their starting number is 275, bearing in mind that the afternoon division starts with crew No. 200. Good luck boys!
The full starting order may be downloaded from http://www.utrc.org.uk/events/autumn-head/.
Weybridge Silver Sculls took place today in mixed weather of heavy downpours and sunny blue skies. The event was instigated in 1956 by W.J. "Dicky" Bird (Pauline Peel's father) and was the first single sculling head race on the upper Thames. To quote the race's own history: "Many famous scullers have won the trophy including Sir Steve Redgrave, Guy Pooley (four-times winner), Chris Baillieu, Dan Topolski and Tim Crooks." The race was opened up to double sculls and junior quads a few years ago and double sculls in particular now make up a large part of the entry. Our own Mike Ewing won the coveted Silver Sculls in 2014, 2019 and 2020. This year's winner was former Quintin member Ashley Cowley of Newark RC in a time of 13 min. 4 sec..
Quintin had two scullers taking part. Dov Ohrenstein took up Charles Harrison's entry at the last minute and sculled for time only in the Masters D 1x category. He completed the course in 14 min. 34 sec. Tom Bishop competed in two categories, sculling for Masters H in the morning and Masters G in the afternoon. He won the Masters H event in a time of 14 min. 56 sec, a minute and 18 seconds ahead of his closest rival, and he won the 'G' event in 15 min. 10 sec, 15 seconds ahead of the next fastest sculler.
The full results may be found at https://www.weybridgerowing.club/wss-results/2021.
Tom's two wins kick off this year's.
The club has two scullers entered for the Weybridge Silver Sculls tomorrow. In division 2, starting at 11:30 am and with crew numbers 122 to 243, Charles Harrison (Masters G category) starts at number 219 and Tom Bishop (Masters H category) starts at number 222. Tom races again in division 4, starting at 3:30 pm and with crew numbers 361 to 461. He is in the Masters G category with a bib number 439.
The full start order may be found at https://www.weybridgerowing.club/wss-start-order.
It was announced yesterday afternoon that the Pairs Head has been cancelled due to expected bad weather.
The Pairs Head takes place this coming Saturday on a course from Chiswick Bridge to Harrods Wall, starting at 2:00 pm. The club has six entries as shown below with their starting numbers.
- 24 - Steve Aquilina and Ian Hyslop (Masters G 2x)
- 87 - Tom Bishop and Lee Brown (Masters H/I 2x)
- 88 - Geoff Peel and Graham Bagnall (Masters H/I 2x)
- 131 - Rob Farthing ans Jonathan Coldwell (Open Intermediate 2-)
- 141 - Joshua Shepherd and Tristan Holt (Open Club 2-)
- 146 - James Sibley and Jordan Kilbey (Open Club 2-)
The club's annual sculling championship was held today on a course from the Pink House to the club, commencing at 10:15 am. The overall winner was Mark Chatwin and the winner of the sealed handicap was Mark O'Brien. Category prizes were awarded for Masters C-E and Masters F and above, the latter being won by Steve Aquilina. The Masters C-E prize was awarded to Ken Almand, who came third in the category behind Mark Chatwin and Mark O'Brien who were ineligible to win a second prize.
Full results of the race may be found at ../sculling/results.php?ref=2021.
The annual general meeting of the club was held at 12:00 noon. Minutes of the meeting will be published in due course, but highlights of the meeting included the re-election of John Peters as president of the club and the election of Fred Smallbone as a vice-president. Mark Chatwin was elected as Captain for the 2021-22 season in July. The remainder of the committee were elected today as follows:
VIce-captain: Rob Farthing
Secretary: Malcolm Cook
Treasurer: William Medlicott
Other committee members: Beks Chatwin, Duncan Hughes, Dave King, Macie Lynch, Dov Ohrenstein; plus Adrian Ballardie co-opted as (non-voting) safety adviser.
Charles Harrison was competing at the Wallingford Long Distance Sculls today. He was entered in the Masters G single sculls category, for which there was one other entry. Charles completed the course in 19 min. 2.8 sec. whilst his opponent, Radosevic of Ardingly took 20 min. 9.2 sec. We await news on the awarding of pennants: conventionally Masters G would be merged with the one Masters H entry (Charles Parry of Wallingford) to award a Masters G/H pennant based on a handicap. If this proves to be the case, our Charles will be the victor as, even after handicapping, his time is a minute and a half quicker that that of Mr. Parry.
The club had eight entries in the Scullers Head last Saturday and seven of our scullers completed the course (Tom Solesbury scratched). Our fastest sculler was Dov Ohrenstein, who finished 128th overall in a time of 24 min. 37.07 esc. It was all very close between four of our masters with a spread of 15 seconds between Dov, Steve, Mark and Ken. Our resuts are shown below.
|128||183||Dov Ohrenstein||24:37.07||Mas D||9|
|139||254||Steve Aquilina||24:46.60||Mas F||5|
|146||194||Mark O'Brien||24:48.93||Mas D||11|
|150||199||Ken Almand||24:52.16||Mas D||13|
|199||268||Charles Harrison||25:28.93||Mas G||4|
|292||288||Graham Bagnall||27:05.46||Mas H/I||4|
Graham's handicap-adjusted time was 23:19.46.
The full results may be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_Y7xcO05oftD1eNiH0PKgn5FZs1eMLHc/view (pdf) or https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Dr3c3rELUQH1Mft9o2tA_mtYDjGxEX6IKUmhPhDaFfc/edit#gid=1455646934 (Google sheet).
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