Final Racing News
Quintin picked up a win in Vet D in the Veteran Fours Head with a crew comprising Dick Findlay (str), Richard Ratcliffe, Charlie Harrison, Nick Ryan. As well as winning their category they were 7th overall.
In the Scullers Head on the 2nd December Charlie Harrison won Vet D and Frank Webb won Vet G making it 5 wins out of 5 races for Frank in the autumn sculling season
Horse Racing Evening
On Thursday the 16th November Quintin and West 4 Harriers are jointly holding a Horse Racing Evening in the club room. There will be six filmed races, with betting on each. The first race is at 8.30pm. All members and friends are welcome.
Mark Chatwin was elected Captain at this year's AGM. Graham Lloyd and John Peters will be his Vice Captains.
Subscriptions for 2006/7
The meeting voted in favour of the committee's proposal that the subscription for the year starting 1 September 2006 will be £300, that the rack fee for private sculling boats will be £130 and that there will be a £15 discount for those who pay before 1 November.
Thus those without a sculling boat rack should pay £285. Those with a rack should pay £415.
Please give your cheque (payable to Quintin Boat Club) to any member of the committee or send it to the treasurer, Bill Burbage, at "Beechlee", Bank Green, Bellingdon, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 2UT. Thanks to those of you who have already paid.
New Captain and new committee
The committee for 2006/7 is: Captain: Mark Chatwin Joint vice-captains: Graham Lloyd & John Peters Treasurer: Bill Burbage Secretary: Malcolm Cook Other committee members: Martin Carr, Belinda Davies, Dave King, Tim Maggs.
The Great River Race
The annual Great River Race - a race for traditional rowing boats from Twickenham to Greenwich - is next Saturday morning, 16 September. About 300 boats are expected to take part. The race is handicapped so that the slowest boats start first.. The fastest boats will probably start about an hour and a quarter afterwards. The first boats are expected to reach Chiswick Bridge at about 10.30am.
The river will not be closed (except for the stretch from Eel Pie Island to Richmond Bridge, which will be closed from 9am to about 11am). However, given the large amount of overtaking that will take place and given that most of the coxes will be unfamiliar with the Tideway, it may be advisable not to be on the river at the same time as the race.
But why not come down to the club and watch the race in comfort. It's a great spectacle. For further information look at the race's web site: http://www.greatriverrace.co.uk/
Autumn Sculling Group
Nick Ryan is co-ordinating and coaching a sculling group for male and female committed to training regularly. Outings are at 7.30 Saturdays and Sundays. The schedule is available here.
Closing VIIIs and AGM
To celebrate the end of the season, Quintin will be holding its club scratch eights on Sunday 24 September. All members, ex-members and friends are welcome, and there will be pint tankards for the winners. If you want to row, be down at the club by 10am to enter your name. The racing will take place as soon as possible after that. Be prompt: if you aren't at the club by 10am you won't get a row.
The Annual General Meeting will be held immediately after the scratch eights - probably starting at about 12 noon. The agenda will include the captain's and treasurer's reports, the election of the captain and committee, and the subscription for the year starting 1 September.
There are nine positions on the committee, including the captain, vice-captain (although at present we have two joint vice-captains), treasurer and secretary. Please let the secretary have any nominations.
Although the 2006/7 subscription will be set at the AGM, you are welcome to make an on account payment before then equal to the current subscription (£275 plus £125 for a sculling boat rack). If the AGM votes for an increase, you can pay the extra after the meeting. Cheques should be made payable to Quintin Boat Club and handed to any committee member.
An impressive haul saw 9 wins over the weekend including Quintin's first womens' crew sculling win - Pippa and Belinda in Senior 2.
On the mens' sculling front Richard Ratcliffe moved up to Senior 2 and Tim Cowley reached the Novice final having only taken up sculling in May. Roy and John secured another win in Veteran doubles.
The Captain maintained his Stourport record by picking up a win in the Senior 2 VIII and in the mixed double with Pippa pulling him along :)
The Mens Novice Four won their pots in an 11 boat field. . The crew were Chris Tobias, John Hayes, Rory Carson, Ewen Mitchell with coach John Peters coxing.
The Bucket and Badger double won Vet B/C 2x and Belinda increased her stranglehold on the pot charts with another sculling win.
Henley T & V
In a straight final of Veteran B/C double sculls at Henley T&V, Roy Davies and John Ferrario beat Christchurch RC by 3 lengths, with Eton Excelsior easily in 3rd place. The results of all the finals are available here. Other QBC crews to reach their finals were the S2 8 and S2 4-, who lost by ½ length and ¾ length respectively.
Following on from her win at Henley Vets Belinda (entered as Warden) picked up two more wins at Molesey, moving her clear of the now ex-novice women at the top of the pot winners table. She won WS2 1X winning two rounds against Molesey (4l), Globe (1.25l) and beating Harris of Eton Excelsior in the final. In WVB 1X she beat Johnson of Eton Excelsior.
The other Quintin crews at Molesey were:
- The mens' S2 8: they won two rounds against Molesey (3/4 length) and Thames (1.25 l) but lost the final to Bath Meles BC.
- N 4+: won two rounds against Guildford and Twickenham but lost the final to the Cambridge University Lightweights rowing as Granta BC.
- Richard Ratcliffe in S3 1X: won two rounds but lost the final.
- S2 2-: Andras and Ewan won one round against Guildford and then lost the semi-final to another Guildford pair.
On Sunday, Quintin won WN 4+ at Kingston Borough Regatta.
"The final was the fifth race of the day for 3 of the crew. In the final they rowed through the Kingston A crew that had eaten Quintin in the first round. Quintin comfortably won a 3 boat repechage and beat Kingston's B crew in a hard semi-final. In between times they fitted in second place in the Senior 4 final."
The Quintin crew was: Katie Taylor, Nicole Hughes, Naiome Carter, Sibille Pletsch, Bethany Swartwood (cox).
The win moves Nicole, Naiome and Sibille to the top of the Pot Winners table level with Belinda Davies. This is the first time we have seen women top the table at Quintin.
Quintin at Henley
The Wyfold IV grabbed the attention of the press in a dramatic finish to their first round race against Norwich. Dov, keen to pick up a new accolade unrelated to timing, picked up on an alternative finish to the regatta and allegedly stopped rowing a few strokes from the line. In danger of being warned for steering QBC nudged themselves over the line. Full results.
Wyfold IV pre-qualify
Quintin's Wyfold IV of Mark Chatwin, Kenny Almand, Fraser McKevitt and Dov Ohrenstein have pre-qualified for the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley. They have so far raced at the Met and at Marlow.
The full entry for the Wyfold Challenge Cup is below:
197 Belfast Rowing Club 'A' 198 Belfast Rowing Club 'B' 199 Birmingham Rowing Club 200 Burway Rowing Club 201 Cardiff City Rowing Club 202 City of Cambridge Rowing Club 203 City of Oxford Rowing Club 'A' 204 City of Oxford Rowing Club 'B' 205 City of Sheffield Rowing Club 206 Combined Services Rowing Club 207 Furnivall Sculling Club 208 Henley Rowing Club 209 Lea Rowing Club 210 Leander Club 211 Llandaff Rowing Club 212 London Rowing Club 'A' 213 London Rowing Club 'B' 214 London Rowing Club 'C' 215 London Rowing Club 'D' 216 Marlow Rowing Club 217 Milton Keynes Rowing Club 218 Mitsubishi Boat Club, Japan 219 Molesey Boat Club 220 Monmouth Rowing Club 221 Norwich Rowing Club 222 Nottingham & Union Rowing Club 223 Old Monmothians' Boat Club 224 Quintin Boat Club 225 Royal Chester Rowing Club 226 Staines Boat Club 227 Thames Rowing Club 'A' 228 Thames Rowing Club 'B' 229 Tyne Rowing Club 230 Vesta Rowing Club 231 York City Rowing Club Total entries: 35 (2005: 48) To be reduced to 32 entries by Qualifying Races
Women's IV+ win at B&M
Quintin's Women's Senior 4 cosed four won at Barnes and Mortlake. The crew was (from bow) Naiome Carter, Nicole Hughes, Caroline Bansal and Sibille Pletsch and was coxed by John Peters. They beat HSBC in the heat and St Paul's in the final.
First Singles Win for Quintin Women at a Regatta
Belinda Davies became our first winner of a women's single sculling event at Twickenham Regatta. Belinda won Senior 2 beating Berry from our neighbours Mortlake Anglian and Alpha and Jordan of Walton in the final.
The men's novice four won two rounds, beating the Lea in the first round, but then lost in the semi-final. 10 crews were chasing that elusive qualifying novice win that day.
The first tranche of the QBC Henley blazers are being ordered this week. Mail Richard White for details of how to order.
The club training camp has seen a diverse contingent of QBC members and associated friends. A full report has been promised in due course together with pictures. Good luck to the Vice Presidents' Abbagnales in the big 2k showdown!
Borne at Chiswick Bridge Regatta
3 crews took part in Borne - the women's novice four narrowly losing to the eventual winners Mortlake; the women's Senior 4 crew who lost to Walbrook and the Men's Novice four who won their semi but lost to Canford in the final.
Potential Rio trip for the Centenary
Our ever busy cultural attaché Geoff Garbow has been helping the Centenary Committee make contact with Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama rowing club in Rio de Janeiro for a potential visit in spring 2007 to be followed by a reciprocal visit from the Brazilians. We are hoping to establish a programme and dates shortly so that we can take advantage of some cheap flights etc. From what Geoff has told us rowing on the laguna will be an amazing experience and a number of members are already keen.
For those of you who follow Brazilian football it may interest you to know that the club is the same as the Vasco football club. In fact many Brazilian football clubs are named some variant of "clube de regatas," or regatta club. This is because the clubs began as rowing clubs and only later took up football. That is also why the flags of Flamengo and Corinthians have crossed oars as part of their badges. This information and the image above comes from
Saturday 29th April saw the first running of the two lane regatta format. The regatta ran to time and was treated to some gloriously strong sunshine although the member on CruiserWatch saw none of it. Those privy to the radios on the day were treated to regular updates from our cultural attaché - "Allo - this is Geoff from the Bell" and "this is Geoff from the Ship".
The full results are available.
Chiswick Amateur Regatta Draw
The draw is still being sorted as of Sunday evening. A large entry has ensured the maximum number of races allowed by both the Tide and the racing formats agreed as part of the safety plan. Due to new Port of London Authority restrictions on all tideway regattas, we cannot run any three-boat races this year and we are obliged to have a longer than usual break at low tide. As a result, we have been unable to accommodate all the entries received and we have had to scrap several events that we would otherwise have held. Sorry if yours is one of the events that has lost out.
Captain runs the Marathon
A svelte Dave Ford ran today's London Marathon. Full details will be posted here when he gathers his breath.
Bob Slade Sculling Trophy
Congratulations are especially due to Kenny Almand (the overall winner, retaining the Bob Slade cup by just one second) and to Ewen Mitchell (the winner of the sealed handicap and also the winner of the novice prize).
Knowing exactly how to motivate club sculling at Quintin, Bob Slade, who originally donated the silver cup for the championship, gave a generous donation to cover several drinks for all the competitors!
The full results are.
This weekend saw the traditional end of the winter rowing season with the Eights Head and the Vets Head. Quintin had two crews in the Head of the River Race. Quintin 1 finished in the Top 100; a venerable Quintin 2 came 213th.
The end of an era
Ernie Vincent, Quintin's last professional boatman, sadly died at the weekend. There is not a Quintin oarsman around from that period that does not have a favourite story of Ernie in his time (1970 till his retirement in 1988) at the University Boathouse. Full details of the funeral will be placed here when known if the family wish.
Quintin 10th at Kingston Head
Quintin finished 10th at this year's Kingston Head sandwiched between two London VIIIs and ahead of UL Tyrian.
As you may know, the Tideway Scullers Head is not being held this year. This means that Teddington Sculls, on Saturday 1 April, is the only sculling head before the regatta season. (It's a week after the Head of the River and a fortnight before the club sculling championship.) If there is sufficient demand the club will take a trailer. Obviously, those of you without a roof rack won't want to enter unless you can be certain that a trailer will be going. To enable us to judge likely demand, please let the secretary know know if you would probably want to make use of the trailer if it was going to Teddington Sculls.
It's not just for single sculls: doubles and quads can also enter.
Club Sculling Championship
The club sculling championship will be a head race from the Pink House to Quintin on Easter Saturday 15 April at 10.30am. (Because of the tides or clashes with other events, the Easter weekend is the only suitable weekend in April.) The race will be about two hours before low tide, so the water should be flat.
The arrangements will be the same as last year. The silver cup (donated by Bob Slade) will be presented to the overall winner. There will also be a prize for the winner on handicap.
In addition to the overall prize and the handicap prize, there will be prizes for the winners of status and age categories. I will accept entries for any categories, but will combine categories for which there are few entries.
Entries close on Thursday 13 April. Numbers will be issued to competitors on the day of the race. The starting order will be based on last year's finishing order, with new entrants at the back.
If you wish to enter, let Malcolm know know and tell me your status or age category.
On the evening of Thursday 23 March, Quintin and West 4 Harriers are holding a quiz night in the club room, starting at 8.30. All members and friends are welcome. 4 or more people per team. The entry fee is only £1 per person and there will be a prize for the winning team.
Quintin Eights Head
A glorious winter morning saw the relaunch of the Quintin Head. 31 crews took part on a bitterly cold morning with some visiting crews gaining some valuable Tideway race experience. A welcoming fire and the potato and leek soup in Quintin Boathouse awaited crews at the finish.
Quintin 1 beat the University of Bristol by 2 seconds to pick up the overall pennant. Bristol won S2. Mortlake won the Women's event overall and picked up the S3 Men's pennant. University College London won Mens S4 and Kings picked up Womens S4. Tideway Scullers won Vet E.
Race Secretary Martin Carr was pleased to see an incident free race with close racing and no penalties given out. No sooner was he back in the clubhouse and handing out result sheets than he was campaigning for entries for next year.
Quintin would like to thank all the officials and the clubs that helped with launches as well as all the competitors that took part in the event.
Friday 3rd February 2006, cost £50.
ARA sanctions Quintin Head 2006
Martin Carr has received the go ahead from Chris George and the ARA Competions Committee for Quintin to stage their Head from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick Bridge on Saturday 28th January.
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