Our Masters G eight had a great disappointment on Saturday, missing out on a win at the Metropolitan Regatta by one second after enduring a boat-stopping crab with just 400 metres to go on the 2000m Dorney Lake course. After taking place in the time trials the crew, who must have been the oldest at the regatta, found themselves in a final against the three other masters crews (Upper Thames MasD, Upper Thames MasC and Oxford Academicals MasB), Putney Town, East India Club and Tyne RC all entered in Championship Eights and a Manchester University crew, entered in the Academics event. It was always going to be tough racing against much younger crews, so the crew was not surprised to find itself in seventh place with 500 metres to go, with Putney Town 15 seconds behind. But then, as mentioned above, disaster struck with Huw Jones at bow catching an inexplicable boat-stopper which left our crew trailling over the finishing line with an 8½ second deficit to our near-neighbours. After handicaps had been computed the Upper Thames Masters D eight were given a handicap time of 6 min. 17 sec. while our eight were given 6:18, with the Upper Thames C crew way behind on 6:37. Such is life!
The full results of our final may be found.
The club has an entry for the Metropolitan Regatta, to be held at Dorney Lake this weekend. Our Masters G eight has entered the Open Masters Handicap event on Saturday, for which there are three other entries - Oxford Academicals (MasB), Upper Thames (MasC) and Upper Thames (MasD). There will be a time trial for the masters at 14:33. Crews will then be seeded across all open eights events into finals, which take place between 16:35 and 17:33. We wish the crew good luck!
Full details of the regatta may be found on.
Some semblance of normailty returned to the Thames on Saturday - it being the last Saturday in April crews turned out to compete at Hammersmith Regatta. Things were not quite normal though, as the bridge is still closed to river traffic and this had an effect on the prescribed course. Quintin's sole entry was a Masters G quad scull, which raced against our neighbours across the river, Putney Town, in a straight final. The revised course resulting from the bridge closure found Quintin out of the stream and Steve Aquilina found himself being warned by the umpire throughout the race as he tried to find the faster-flowing water. Putney Town put in a strong start, but in the end it was a comfortable win for Quintin.
Pictures of the two crews are avaiable on.
This first win of the regatta season opens ourfor 2021. Let's hope there will be the opportunity for many more wins.
We have recently gained access to two photograph albums from past members of the club, each album containing rowing memorabilia. The first was discovered by Lionel Bailey in a secondhand bookshop in Henley-on-Thames and had belonged to EW Bingham, a member of the club from the 1920s and still active, predominatly as a coxswain, into the 1940s. Most of the photographs from this album are from the 1930s and so swelled the ranks of our Early Days album that it was considered necessary to create a new album just for the 1930s. So this new album contains all our existing photographs from that decade, plus those from Mr. Bingham's album. The album also contained a picture from Henley in 1946 (added to the 1940s album) and a trio of pictures from the 1920s, one of which features the Head of the River Race in March 1927, the second race in its history and only three months after the first.
All these photographs may currently be perused in our Recent Additions album. We are currently researching the story behind each of these photographs but in the interim the captions are based on the captions from the original album.
The second album was from an old member who now lives in Australia, Mike Cadiz. He was active in the late 1950s and early 1960s and stroked our Thames Cup crews at Henley in 1960 and 1961. Photographs from his album will be added to the Gallery in due course.
The photographs from Mike Cadoz's scrapbook have now been added to the 1960s album and may also be viewed in the Recent Additions album (see link above).
The recent additions may be found at at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=2213.
Because of the coronavirus restrictions, 2021's Chiswick Regatta has been moved from its scheduled date of 1 May to Saturday 3 July.
Further information will follow in due course and details will be posted on the.
In these covid days World Rowing has organised a virtual World Indoor Rowing Championships, and on Wednesday (day 2 of the event) Quintin member Tom Solesbury was in action in the men's 40-49 age group 2000m event. He won the bronze medal in a time of 6 min. 3.3 sec. The winner was Anton Grassl of Slovakia in a time of 5 min. 58.7 sec. According to Martin Cross, commentating, Grassl is a former flat water canoeist and it is interesting to notice that his ergo technique involves pulling the handle right up to his shoulders, unlike Tom with the conventional rowing style. Anyway, congratulations to Tom on his Bronze medal!
Here is a video containing the race, which starts at about 1 hour 16 min. There is a video containing the race, which starts at about 1 hour 16 min., on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkdnYj92r7g
We have sadly learned of the death in December of Monry Brown, who was an active Quintin member, particularly in the 1980s when he arrived at Quintin with John Hankin and Miles Malleson on a "free transfer" from Dacre RC. Monty was elected a vice-president of the club and was a regular in the crew that became known as the vice-presidents' VIII. He was born on 25th Septembe 1925 and died on 21st December 2020, aged 95. He was also a member of the Good Companions, a Barnes group of oldie men that in normal times got together on a regular basis for lunch at each other’s houses. Monty's funeral was held on Friday, 29th January.
An image of Monty rowing in the Head of the River race in 1983 may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=244.
Last Saturday the following announcement was published in the Daily Telegraph: "The engagement is announced between Michael James, youngest son of James Edward and Emer Ewing, of Malone, Belfast, and Joanna Charis, daughter of Ian and Hilary Gapper, of Stourton, Stourbridge."
Congratulations to Mike and Joanna.
It is with regret that, owing to the current Covid situation in London, the Quintin Head due to be held on January 23rd 2021 has been cancelled. See the update at http://quintinboatclub.org/quintinhead/.
We have just received the news that Quintin member Deborah Mallinson gave birth to a girl yesterday. More details to follow.
Rowing Comes out of Lockdown: Quintin Head to Go Ahead
As of December 2nd we can put rowing back into our appointments diaries, although with these chilly December days we shall miss the hot shower and leisurely pint by the fireside in the club room afterwards. Unfortunately, as expected, this year there will be no plum puddings event nor Christmas party to follow, but plans are currently going ahead to run the Quintin Head in January, Covid permitting. In view of Tier 2 restrictions being in force, entries will be limited in number and priority given to local clubs. Details will be published on this site shortly.
Progress on Construction Works
For those who have not visited the club recently and take an interest in these matters Adrian Ballardie has taken a few photographs of the progress being made on the new car park and rugby facilities. A couple of these pictures have been added to the photo gallery, the first of which may be seen here. Click on it to view the second.
Photographs of the construction works may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3040.
Here we are, back in a national Covid lockdown which started at the end of October. All rowing competition has been cancelled for the forseeable future and the club is only being used by Kew House school (own boats and foreshore only). We hope that the nationwide restrictions will end on December 2nd as promised, but shall have to wait and see whether any rowing will be allowed after they are lifted.
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.
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