Our three intrepid masters competed in twenty one events at this year's world masters regatta, which was held in Libourne, situated on the River Dordogne in France. The racing took place on the nearby Dagueys lake. They all came away with multiple medals: Steve Aquilina with three, Geoff Peel with four, but almost inevitably Tom Bishop had the lion's share with twelve wins to his credit, the club chalking up thirteen first places in total. Here is Tom's account of the trip:
"Steve, Geoff and I travelled to the Bordeaux area of France for the event; held close by the town of Libourne on Lake Des Dagueys which is a 2k course and recently used for the French Champs. The regatta was staged over Wednesday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime, with plenty of opportunities to race the 1K track over the 5 days. It was generally hot and sunny and occasionally rained very hard, but even then only briefly.
As I had fixed up crews with Rod Stewart of Dart Totnes Rowing Club and others very early on, before Steve and Geoff decided to go to the regatta, I was keen to try to help get Steve and Geoff into some crews to fill up their dance card, and assuage my slight guilt (only slight). They had already sorted themselves out a coxless pair and as I had been dropped by Rod from the double which we campaigned in Australia earlier in the year in favour of Rod's training partner at Totnes ‘Pete Atkinson’ (whom many will know from Henley Masters Regatta) this gave the opportunity to make up some QBC doubles.
Geoff and I did the H 2x , and Steve and I did F 2x and G 2x events all in a Janousek 2x borrowed from Dart Totnes. In the H 2x Geoff and I had a magic race and rowed down the leaders and won our heat with negative splits. Steve and I in the F 2x found ourselves in second place by a length and were clawing them back but then with 20 stroke to go the heavens opened as Steve stuck the rate up to 40+ and we just pipped them to win. They had a surprised look afterwards. In the G 2x we were led by 8 seconds at half way and despite grabbing back 5 of them couldn’t get up to win and came second (a lesson in not letting a crew get so far ahead).
Rod Stewart found some of his mates from Australia who were coming over to the regatta and with two of them, Mark Williams (Essendon RC) and John Myburgh (Mosman RC), Geoff and Steve made up a winning G 4- ,and also a G4+ coxed by Di Graham (Walbrook) in which they just missed out on a medal by 0.399 sec coming a very close second in a fast heat.
Rod Stewart had also assembled crews for I-M 8+, F 8+, G 8+, H 8+ with a mix of people to make the ages. Geoff and I got the call, Geoff for G, H and I for F, G and H. The G 8+ won in a luckily slow heat but didn’t enjoy the boat, which led to the borrowing of the Lucerne Ladies 70-75kg Empacher, a beautifully resorted 20 year old five stay rigged boat that felt new. With Geoff and I on board the crew had a great row to another win. The guy at 6 in these 8’s, Roger Gould (Toowong RC), was the full back for the Australian national rugby side for 13 years. He is strong!
On Sunday the mixed events started with G 4x. Steve here got the power 3 seat in a mixed crew with myself at 2 and Ailie Ord (Strathclyde Park)stroke and Hilary Cook ( MAA) bow steering. This was a needle match as I had been dropped from Rod Stewart's mixed crew in favour of his local club mates and they were the fancied crew. Rod and I were level pegging on wins going into the race so this was the decider. Our crew had a stormer and flew with great power, leading from the gun to the tape.
My regatta was better than I might have hoped. I added 1x wins in I, H, and G and finally beat the Austrian Raimund Haberl in H in the process. Raimund holds eleven world ergo records and won the world lightweight sculls multiple times back in the day. But my hardest singles race was in the 75 plus age group against a sculler from the Netherlands who had rowed in the Dutch 2+ in the 1972 Olympics and has just started sculling! In addition with Rod, Pete, and Lee Brown ( MAA) I was able to add a few more. We won 4x in H and G, plus a 4- in H, the 4- in a borrowed Filippi belonging to an Irish ladies crew as Rod had left the 4- riggers behind in UK for the Dart boat. Finally on the mixed day, after the excellent win in the G 4x mixed, I did a G 2x mixed with Ailie Ord, for the 12th win for me of the regatta.
Then the jugs of beer came out. I could not have done another race after 16 times down the track. The regatta was excellently run and the officials did an excellent job, Matthew Pinsent being one of those running things and filling umpiring roles (and perhaps overflowing them a bit -he is still a big man).
Steve, Geoff and I reflected that it would have been good to have a bigger contingent from QBC at the event, and that it was just unfortunate that it was in the middle of all the vineyards!" Tom
Here is a summary of our results over the five days:
Wednesday, 7th September
12:29 H 2x — Tom and Geoff 1st
13:54 F 1x — Steve 4th
14:54 I-M 8+ — Tom with some Americans (mostly from Cambridge BC) 3rd
16:41 G 4- — Geoff and Steve 1st with Australians Mark Williams (Essendon) and John Myburgh (Mosman)
16:47 G 4- — Tom 3rd with Lee Brown (MAABC), Rod Stewart (Dart Totnes ARC) and Pete Atkinson (DTARC)
Thursday 8th September
10:12 F 2x — Tom and Steve 1st
12:01 G 8+ — Tom and Geoff 1st with Lee Brown (MAABC), Rod Stewart (DartTotnes ARC), Roger Gould (Toowong, AUS), Mark Williams (Essendon), Tim Juzefowicz (Essendon), Pete Atkinson (DTARC), with Hilary Cook (MAABC) coxing
13:41 H 1x — Tom 1st
15:45 G 4x — Geoff, Steve and the Aussies 5th
15:57 G 4x — Tom 1st with Lee Brown, Rod Stewart and Pete Atkinson
Friday 9th September
09:03 I 1x — Tom 1st
10:13 G 2- — Geoff and Steve 4th
11:53 H4- — Tom 1st with Lee Brown (MAABC), Rod Stewart and Peter Atkinson (both Dart Totnes ARC)
14:37 G 2x — Tom and Steve 2nd
17:40 F 8+ — Tom in an international composite 3rd
Saturday 10th September
09:41 G 4+ — Geoff and Steve plus the Aussies 2nd in a close run race with a fast second half, missing out on the medals by 0.4 sec.
11:36 H 4x — Tom 1st with Lee Brown, Rod Stewart and Peter Atkinson
15:02 G 1x — Tom 1st
17:08 H 8+ — Tom and Geoff 1st with Lee Brown, Rod Stewart, Roger Gould (Toowong, AUS), Erst Pawlowsky (Gießener RC, Hassia, Ger), Hilko Koch (Krefelder RC, GER), Peter Atkinson and Hilary Cook (MAABC) coxing.
Sunday 11th September
08:51 Mixed G 4x — Tom and Steve 1st with Ailie Ord (Strathclyde Park) and Hilary Cook (MAABC)
10:57 Mixed G 2x — Tom 1st with Ailie Ord.
The full results of all races may be found at https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/?job_id=7583&org_id=0.
This must draw a close to the summer season as Tom Bishop has recorded a ridiculous number of wins - see the Potwinners Chart.
A photograph of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3243.
A select band of Quintin men's masters are heading for Libourne this week to compete in the World Rowing Masters regatta. Libourne is situated on the River Dordogne but the racing will take place on the nearby Dagueys lake. Geoff Peel, Tom Bishop and Steve Aquilina will be competing in various combinations of single and doubles sculls and coxless pairs as well as teaming up with other clubs to make up larger crews. Below is a list of the Quintin races, excluding the mixed events on Sunday for which entries are received on Saturday.
Wednesday, 7th September
12:29 H 2x — Geoff and Tom
13:54 F 1x — Steve
14:54 1-M 8+ — Tom + some Americans
16:41 G 4- — Geoff and Steve + some Aussies
Thursday 8th September
13:41 H 1x — Tom
15:45 G 4x — Geoff and Steve + Aussies
Friday 9th September
09:03 I 1x — Tom
10:13 G 2- — Geoff and Steve
11:53 H 4- — Tom with Dart Totnes and MAABC
14:37 G 2x — Tom and Steve
17:40 F 8+ — Tom in an international composite
Saturday 10th September
09:41 G 4+ — Geoff and Steve + Aussies
11:36 H 4x — Tom with Dart Totnes and MAABC
15:02 G 1x — Tom
17:08 H 8+ — Tom and Geoff in German/UK composite
The full draw for each day may be downloaded from https://wrmr22.com/en/the-draw/. Good luck one and all!
At Oxford City Regatta on Saturday Rob Farthing and Jonathan Coldwell were competing in open coxless pairs. They won their semi-final race against Reading RC by 4½ lengths but were beaten in the final by Oxford University lightweights. Our development coxed four raced City of Cambridge in band 2 fours but lost by 4 lengths. Meanwhile Steve Aquilina was having a busy time in open masters D/E/F single sculls. He beat Coneybeare of Reading RC by 4½ lengths in the first round, then King of Wallingford by 1 length in the semi-final, but then lost to Sidaway of Warwick RC in the final n a disqualification. Steve said it was quite a tricky course to steer and, under pressure from the opposition, he put in a push and collided with his opponent.
Full results from Saturday may be found at https://easyregatta.co.uk/er_resultslive.php?rID=1469.
On Sunday the coxed four competed again on the 500m sprint course, taking on a City of Oxford crew, but they lost by 2½ lengths. the local crew went on to win the event.
Full results from Sunday may be found at https://easyregatta.co.uk/er_resultslive.php?rID=1472.
Oxford City Regatta takes place on the River Thames on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and the club has three entries on Saturday and one on Sunday. Saturday's races are over 1000m and Sunday's over 500m.
On Saturday Rob Farthing and Jonathan Coldwell have a semi-final in open coxless pairs at 11:03 against Reading RC. The final is at 12:36. Later in the afternoon, at 14:18, Steve Aquilina (Masters F) meets Coneybeare (Masters D), also of Reading RC, in a heat of Masters D/E/F single sculls. The semi-final will be at 16:18 and the final at 17:57. At 15:21 our crew race City of Cambridge RC in the semi-final of open coxed fours. The winners progress to the final at 17:30.
On Sunday at 16:38 a slightly changed coxed four races again in a semi-final on the sprint course against either City of Oxford RC or Catabrigian RC. Good luck to all our competitors on both days!
The full draw for Saturday may be found at https://easyregatta.co.uk/er_raceorderlive.php?rID=1469 and for Sunday at https://easyregatta.co.uk/er_raceorderlive.php?rID=1472..
The club had two entries at Henley Masters Regatta this weekend and an interest in a third. Ken Almand kicked off proceedings for us on Friday afternon with a heat in Open Masters E single sculls against Robinson of Walbrook RC in which Ken had a comfortable win with an easily verdict. Later in the afternoon a Quintin / Dart Totnes composite took on a Guildford composite in a heat of Open Masters H quadruple sculls and also recorded an easily verdict.
On Saturday morning Ken Almand had a tough semi-final against O'Sullivan of Tideway Scullers, winning by a close ½ length but he went on the beat Forczek of Parr's Priory, who had an equally harrowing semi-final, easily, in the final in the afternoon. Meanwhile the Quintin / Dart Totnes quad beat an Upper Thames / Derwent quad by 3½ lengths in their final. Three of the quad then jumped into our Open Masters H eight to compete in a straight final against Lea RC. In a good race Lea were finally overcome and a verdict of 2½ lengths was recorded.
Details of our winning crews may be found on our Head and Regatta Wins page.
Full results of all races may be found at https://henleymastersregatta.org.uk/results/.
Nine members of Quintin Boat Club and the Chiswick Rowing Trust combined on Thursday to take part in the Oarsome Challenge, a sponsored row from Greenwich to Chiswick in aid of London Youth Rowing. Fourteen eight-oared skerries took part in a procession to Putney, followed by a time trial to Chiswick Bridge. Our crew led all the way from Greenwich and proved to be the fastest on the time trial.
Much liquid was consumed in the Quintin bar and on the balcony by all the participants after the race on a glorious summer's evening.
Our crew: William Medlicott, Roger Griffiths, Dave King, Mark Russell, Adrian Ballardie, Dave Ford, Mike Harris and Duncan Hughes, with Hilary Cook coxing.
Here is Dave King's own account:
"The QBC crew in the Oarsome Challenge set off from the Greenwich with 13 other boats at 5pm to catch the incoming tide The race was rowed in skerries which are eight-oared, wide beamed, clinker boats idea for the rough water through Central London. The event over 17 miles was a processional row to Putney Bridge and then a timed race over the boat race course.
The initial part of the row past Canary Wharf was calm, despite the river being fairly wide at that point. However once we went under Tower Bridge the water got very lumpy caused by the washes of the numerous Thames Clippers and the huge waste barges. The waters calmed down as we approached Putney Bridge and our stroke Duncan Hughes wound the rate up to 35 for the timed row. Despite having to punch the tide after the Bandstand the crew, lashed on by Hilary Cook, managed to maintain the rate of striking and pull away from the chasing crews. The result was a win for QBC in a time of 38:05 which was celebrated in the traditional manner in the bar.
A huge thank you to all who sponsored the crew and helped raise over £4000 for Chiswick Rowing Trust. If you fancy taking part next year please let me know."
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3223.
The club has two entries for Henley Masters Regatta which takes place this coming Friday and Saturday, 8th and 9th July. Our first race in the timetable is for Ken Almand in Masters E single sculls, who has drawn Robinson of Walbrook RC to race at 13:46 on Friday. This heat is effectively a quarter final, with the semi-finals and final to be raced on Saturday. Our other entry is in Masters H eights, with a straight final against Lea RC at 15:56 on Saturday. Good luck (old) boys!
Tom Bishop is also racing in a Masters H quad scull composite with Dart Totnes ARC. Their first race is at 17:56 on Friday with a possible final scheduled for 14:32 on Saturday.
Full details of the regatta may be found at https://henleymastersregatta.org.uk/.
Henley Royal Regatta was spread over six days of racing for the first time this year and attracted a record entry. Racing crews faced tricky conditions, particularly over the first five days, with a very strong head wind blowing down the course and rainfall which was at times torrential. The weather moderated for finals day and the Fawley and course records set for the first time last year were broken in the Wargrave Challenge Cup for women's club eights with Thames RC 'A' the victors over Leander Club; and the University of Washington had to take a second off the course record for the Visitors' Challenge Cup for intermediate coxless fours in beating the Tideway Scullers / Molesey composite by three feet, only taking the lead in front of the Stewards' enclosure.
Best wishes to the Quintin Wyfold four, who came up against stiff opposition in Marlow RC and were not the only crew to find the conditions extemely taxing for the steersman, but did at least keep the club's flag flying at the regatta for another year.
Details of the crew may be found in our Henley Records where there is also a link to a video of their race.
Our Wyfold Four will be racing at Henley Royal Regatta tomorrow against Marlow RC. 'A' crew, who have drawn the Berkshire station. The race is scheduled for 4:20 pm, the last race before the tea interval. All vocal support along the course would be much appreciated.
Our captain's efforts to qualify for the Double Sculls Challenge Cup last Friday with partner Waite-Roberts from the East India Club were unfortunately unsuccessful.
Three new boats were scheduled to be offically named on Sunday: the eight "The Lady Mandy" in honour of past captain and current head coach Duncan Hughes; the coxless four / quadruple scull "Bill Burbage" in honour of Bill who was treasurer of the club for over 20 years; and the coxless pair / double scull "Roger Hine" in honour of former secretary, committee member and erstwhile web master Roger Hine. Unfortunately Bill was unable at the last minute to attend to perform the ceremony for the four and so this will now take place at a later date. After captain Mark Chatwin had said a few words, Roger wetted the bows of the pair and then Duncan's partner, Mandy, did likewise for the eight. Not to be left out of the proceedings Duncan then added more bubbly and also some beer to the bows of "The Lady Mandy".
Look out for our boats at Henley Royal Regatta next week.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3207.
The club had a coxless four racing at Marlow Regatta on Saturday. There were 38 crews in the time trial, which commenced at 9:10. as a result of which our crew was placed in the E final, racing at 12:12. They finished second, four seconds behind a crew from Auriol Kensington. The full results may be found at https://themarlowregatta.com/results-2022/ (hint: for our crew's results click on Championship 4- then Quintin Boat Club or use this link).
Our intrepid "supervets" have been sunning themselves over the weekend as well as putting down a number of 1000m races on Lake Bled in Slovenia. Here is a report from Tom Bishop:
"A select group travelled to Slovenia from QBC: Pete Meaney, Geoff Peel , Tom Bishop; together with some others from Poplar Rowing Club, Dart Totnes, Upper Thames, and ladies from MAA, Upper Thames and Strathclyde.This allowed the group to field some strong sculling and sweep boats in what was a high quality regatta.
The scratch men's sweep boats proved to be just off the pace in 4+ , 4- and 8+ having to race the same well drilled composite Austrian/German crew in three events.
Stand out performances included Pete Meaney winning his single race in the G age group and qualifying for the 'Trophy Race' which decides the best from all the G age group races. After the disappointment of GB Masters Pete sculled to a close second in the trophy race - as he said himself he got his mojo back. Tom managed wins in the 'I' and 'H' singles plus an H 2x win with Rod Stewart of Dart Totnes, an H 4x with Rod, Lee Brown of Upper Thames, and Miggsy Milligan from Poplar, a mixed 2x with Ailie Ord of Strathclyde and mixed 4x with Rod and Ailie and Hilary Cook of MAA.
Rod in his single won a needle match with Austrian Lightweight legend Raimund Haberl. Rod had set the worlds indoor 2k erg record about a year ago and Haberl took it from him this year. So Rod was fired up to win. Rod also won the Trophy race over Haberl to cap his regatta. Miggsy Milligan took third in the same trophy race after winning his age group heat. The MAA ladies managed a good win in the quad with a fly and die tactic that ended in a close beep-beep , MAA just getting the verdict. The ladies also won a 4-.
All in all the group managed a lot of trips down the track and came away with a bit of bling. Quintin and the group who were pretty much the only GB representatives at the event, were all about on the lake and enjoyed the local cream cake, beer, sunny weather and venue."
Most of the results may be found at https://www.bledrowing.com/regattas/2022-euro-masters-regatta-on-tour/.
Races involving Quintin have been identified as:
12:00 Men's Masters I 1x - Tom Bishop won
13:45 Men's Masters G 1x - Pete Meaney won
15:00 Men's Masters H 4+ - Geoff Peel and Tom Bishop 2nd
17:35 Men's Masters G 8+ - Pete Meaney, Geoff Peel and Tom Bishop 2nd
18:44 Men's Masters G 1x Trophy - Pete Meaney 2nd
12:25 - Men's Masters H 4x - Tom Bishop won
15:05 - Men's Masters G 2x - Geoff Peel and Pete Meaney 3rd
15:50 - Men's Masters H 1x - Tom Bishop won
17:30 - Men's Masters G 4x - Tom Bishop 3rd, Geoff Peel and Pete Meaney 4th
11:20 Men's Masters H 2x - Tom Bishop won, Geoff Peel 5th
12:35 Men's Msters H 4- - Tom Bishop 2nd
15:00 Men's Masters G 4+ - Geoff Peel 2nd
Surely this clinches the title for Tom Bishop in the Potwinners Chart even before Henley is upon us!
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3215.
A more detailed report pending. Meanwhile here are some links to the results of our races.
Open Masters G 4x-
1st - download the full result of the final.
Open Masters H/I 4x-
1st (composite with Dart Totnes and MAABC) - download the full result of the final.
Open Masters G 2x
2nd - download the full result of the heat and of the final.
Open Masters H 2x
2nd - download the full result of the final.
Open Masters E 1x
5th - download the full result of the final.
Open Masters G 1x
4th - download the full result of the final.
Open Masters H 1x
1st - download the full result of the heat and of the final.
Open Masters G/H 8+
3rd - download the full result of the final.
Mixed Masters F/G 8+
1st (composite with BBLRC, MAABC and TSS) - download the full result of the final.
Open Masters H/J 4-
1st (composite with Dart Totnes and MAABC) - download the full result of the final.
Tom Bishop is now several lengths up in the race to head the Potwinners Chart. He could be heading for an "easily" verdict.
Our masters group of ex-elite scullers and rowers, sometimes dubbed the "supervets" within the club, have been rowing at the national masters championships for more than twelve years, and in that time the club has amassed more than 40 gold medals together with numerous silver and bronze. Inevitably the categories they have competed in have changed from 'D' and 'E' in the early days to 'G', 'H' and 'I' this year. At this year's regatta (11th-12th June) we have entries in Open Masters G eights, quads, doubles and singles, H doubles, I singles and an interest in a composite Mixed Masters G eight. Ken Almand is the youngster in this year's squad, competing in Open Masters E single sculls. The rest of the squad: Steve Aquilina, Graham Bagnall, Tom Bishop, Charles Harrison, Ian Hyslop, Bruce Lamka, Pete Meaney, Geoff Peel and coxswain Jane Adams. Good luck to all our competitors!
The club has an interest in three entries for the Metropolitan Regatta this Saturday and two for Sunday. On Saturday there are entries in Open Club coxless fours, Open Championship double sculls (Mark Chatwin in a composite with Charles Waite-Roberts of East India Club), and Jack Hodges is entered in Open Championship single sculls. The four and double race in the morning and Jack races in the afternoon. We await the draw from the organisers.
The four is also competing in the club event and the double in the championship event on Sunday morning.
If you fancy a trip to Dorney Lake, we are sure all support would be much appreciated.
Tom Bishop and Rod Stewart moved on from their successes at the Queensland and Victoria Masters to attend the Australian Masters Championships at Ballarat, Victoria over the four days from May 19th to May 22nd. For the first two days the weather was very cold (7°C) with a biting wind. The shallow lake at Ballarat made for slow times and, with a strong cross wind on the openn lake, racing became a matter of survival in the first palce and very challenging.
In Masters H single sculls Tom came third, with Rod winning the gold medal and Ian Luxford second. In Mixed Masters G double sculls Tom came third again, partnered by Gerry Goss of Richmond Club Melbourne. Rod and Julia Woods of Exeter won that too, Ian Luxford and partner were second with Tom and Gerry (yes, I know - Ed.) less than a second in arrears third. Tom got back into winning ways in the Masters I double sculls, partnered by George Petelin of Gold Coast Masters George was the Australian sculler in 1974 at the World Championships in Lucerne and has recently set the world best time for a 75 year old on the erg - so Tom felt he had plenty of assistance in that one. Tom then got back together with Rod to win Masters H double sculls and then with Sue Donoghoe (Australian National University), Julia Wood (Exeter) and Peter McCartney (also ANU) to win Mixed Masters G quadruple sculls.
On Saturday and Sunday the weather turned to very light winds and the whole course was rowable rather than survivable. On Saturday , Tom won Masters H coxless fours and Masters H quadruple sculls relatively easily with Rod, George Petelin and Peter McCartney, except the coxless fours were combined with coxed fours for two golds in one race as there were only four coxless and two coxed entries. On the 8 lane course Tom's four were led to 700m by a stacked coxed four ,but did eventually get a length by the finish and well ahead of the other boats. Tom also did the Masters I single scull and won heat and final, which gave him a shot at the Champion of Champions race - the last race of the regatta on Sunday. This is an event where any age category winner of single sculls can enter and race off on a handicap basis, sort of chase race.
On Sunday Rod and Tom did a Masters G double against some hot doubles, to whom they were giving away 10+ years. The winners were Peter Anthony (believed to be a former Olympic heavywieght doubles champion) and partner Jeff Rees , and Tom and Rod could only manage third on now tiring legs after 14 races in 4 days.
This left the Champion of Champions Race, race 15. The winner of K category had a start of 33 seconds on Tom, and 48 seconds on Rod (15 after Tom) whilst the youth from masters C was 80 seconds after the ‘go’ ! Rod couldn’t catch Tom up and it took Tom until the last 250m to get a sniff of the K sculler, whom he sprinted at and got through with 15 strokes to go - to become Champion of Champions. The poor guy who started on 80 seconds had no chance.
Tom finishes his report, "So Australian Masters Champs Regatta my score was three bronze and seven gold. The Australians were calling us pot hunters by now, but in a good natured way. Quintin is now known in Oz masters rowing! We drove straight to the airport to catch cattle class back to the UK."
Tom is now way ahead in the Potwinners Chart.
Photographs from the Australian tour may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=3206.
Just when Jack Hodges looked as though he might stand a chance of prising Tom Bishop off the top of the potwinners chart Tom has gone and sneaked in a handful of wins on the other side of the world. Here follows Tom's account of the story so far, with more wins possible in the near future.
"In a mad moment I was talked into a rowing trip to Australia to do some masters rowing events. Australian former lightweight Rod Stewart of Dart Totnes (72 years) said if we don't do it now we may not be able to in the future as we are getting too long in the tooth…
Part 1. Queensland Masters Championships 30th April/1st May
Rod and I flew out to Darwin on 21st April and then on to Brisbane where Rod's sisters hosted us whilst we boated out of Toowong Rowing Club. The super vets may remember racing a fast Toowong eight in the final at Henley Masters a couple of years back. The Brisbane river is swirly and faster flowing than the tideway! We managed a visit to the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise staying with George Petelin (former Australian single sculler Lucerne 1974) rowing out of Gold Coast Masters Rowers. They decided they didn’t want youngsters spoiling the fun and so formed their own masters club. At the end of the first week the state championship regatta was held at Wyaralong on a lake about two hours from Brisbane (and the proposed site of the coming Brisbane Olympics). Rod and I raced singles , doubles, and quads, and Rod got an additional couple of rides in an 8. A decent medal haul resulted Rod 5 golds, 1 silver. Tom 4 golds 1 silver. The weather in Queensland was humid and rain alternated with sun, so everything was damp all the time.
Results of all the races may be downloaded from https://rowingmanager.com/regattas/5436.
A summary of Tom's races:
Race 9: Masters G-M 2x - 1st
Race 21: Masters F 4x - 2nd
Race 40: Masters G-M 4x - 1st
Race 52: Masters F 2x - 1st
Race 72: Masters G-M 1x - 1st
Tom leaps ahead in the Potwinners Chart.
Part 2. Victorian Masters Championships 7th/8th May
After the QSL champs Rod and I flew to Melbourne to row out of Mercantile Rowing Club on the river Yarra for the week before travelling out 90 mins to Nagambie for the next state champs regatta. Victoria is cold and all kit and clothing plus QBC woolly hat were deployed. Several more races with differing results, but the 2x with Rod was on the pace, and also a scratch 4x. Racing Sat and Sun more bling was collected on a beautiful regatta course. Rod 6 golds, Tom 3 golds 2 silvers. At the regatta the sight of the QBC vest began to raise interest with those at the event and after racing I met Ed Kinch who rowed at QBC with Duncan and Lief back in the day.
Results of all the races may be found at https://rowingmanager.com/mobile/regatta/5503.
A summary of Tom's races:
Race 21 Masters G-K 4x - 1st
Race 28 Mixed Masters G-K 2x - 2nd
Race 46 Masters G-K 2x - 1st
Race 84 Mixed Masters F 4x - 1st
Race 105 Masters G-K 1x - 2nd
A further leap by Tom in the Potwinners Chart.
Part 3. (Still to come ): National Australian Masters Ballarat Thurs 19th to Sun 22 May
After Nagambie we returned to rowing out of Mercantile in Melbourne plus have a planned visit to Sykes boat Builders down in Geelong and to meet Jeff Sykes and wife Joan, plus Stuart Wilson who was rowing at Nottingham Boat Club with his brother Ian in the 1970’s. We now have the best part of 10 days to recover before the next regatta…. The racing schedule for the Nationals is showing Rod and I have 4 or 5 races per day over four days depending upon heats and finals, but a lot of trips down the track.
Entries and results may be found at https://rowingmanager.com/mobile/regatta/5610.
…And all the sunshine is in the UK . Flying back 23rd May." Tom (racing age 75 years)
After his success at Chiswick Regatta Jack Hodges was competing again this weekend in open single sculls Band B at Borne Regatta. In his first race he beat Ellis of Furnivall by 4 lengths with Batts of MAA third. In a closely contested final Jack took an early lead, opening up clear water, but then his opponent, Slaughter of University College London, put in a strong challenge and the scullers crossed the finishing line neither knowing who had won. The verdict was a win for Jack by three feet.
Jack is now challenging Tom Bishop for the top spot in the Potwinners Chart.
Full results of the regatta may be found at https://easyregatta.co.uk/er_raceorderlive.php?rID=1273#rNu_43_c_0.
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 Potwinners Chart.
Full results may be found at https://www.chiswickregatta.uk/chiswick-regatta-results-2022/.
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 our Head and Regatta Wins page.
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 our Head and Regatta Wins page.
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 our Head of the River web page and full results are available at https://www.horr.co.uk/wordpress/results-2022/
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 our Head and Regatta Wins page.
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 Pennant Winners Chart.
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 here.
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's Potwinners Chart while 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's Pennant Winners Chart Tom 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 Pennant Winners Chart.
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.
Full results may be downloaded from http://www.vetfourshead.com/past-results/.
Tom Bishop adds to his tally but is joined by more of his fellow masters in this year's Pennant Winners Chart.
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 Pennant Winners Chart (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!
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 the Pennant Winners Chart but 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!
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 Pennant Winners Chart.
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.
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 and 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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