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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