A belated report on the club sculling championship has just arrived on your editor's desk, prompted by the fact that people didn't realise the results had already been published on the club website. As you will be able to see from the results page, Mike Ewing won the Bob Slade trophy with a comfortable 21 seconds margin over the next fastest sculler, Paul Keane, our guest from Tyrian. Steve Aquilina was the fastest "master" and won the Masters D category, coming fourth overall. Pete Meaney won the Masters E prize, and Willy Almand, 5 seconds behind, took the FGH prize. Deborah Mallinson was baulked at the Isleworth crossing point and did not complete the course, leaving Elli Kirk to win the prize for fastest woman. On the sealed handicap, Simon Murby took the Finlayson Cup and Dick Findlay was the first recipient of the "Ancient Mariner" tankard, presented by Dave King for the most elderly participant in the event.
Full results may be found at ../sculling/results.php?ref=2013.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1794.
As Charles Harrison and John Ferrario were not going to be part of our masters squad travelling to this year's FISA World Masters Regatta, and with Willy Almand already involved in a composite squad with Upper Thames RC and Tom Bishop likewise with Wallingford, some feelers were put out after Henley Masters to see if we could augment the remaining nine of the squad with guests from other clubs, thus enabling a wider range of events to be entered. Ultimately we recruited Ali Boileau from Putney Town, Graham Bagnall from Tideway Scullers and Andy Tompkins from Kingston and, throughout July and August, various combinations were to be seen training on the Tideway Thames at Chiswick. Then, almost at the last, Jonathan Ferris dropped out of the running and much rearrangement of crews had to be done (Pete Meaney getting busy with his colourful spreadsheets). So it was that eleven Quintin members and our three guests set off for Varese, nestling in the foothills of the Italian Alps.
The team hotel, adjacent to the hippodrome (horse racetrack for you non-classicists), had been booked last November by a prescient Hilary Cook, and should have been easy enough to locate. In practice it proved a little difficult to find without local knowledge, and not just the first time either! Every trip from the course back to the hotel seemed to involve a different route. The course itself was about four miles distant and the decision to hire cars at the airport was justified when Steve Aquilina reported that the journey by local bus took well over an hour. The regatta itself was brilliantly organised, with boat racking mostly in the shade of the trees beside the lake, eight lanes for racing on the water, a grandstand right in front of the finishing line and victory raft, with a waterside beer and food tent next to it. Facilities included a very handy bag-drop and the event was staffed by scores of friendly young volunteers, all in smart uniforms. The organisers had clearly taken a leaf out of the London 2012 book. The weather - awesome! Blue skies every day, calm water, virtually no wind, 30°C (a little hot), 60-70% relative humidity (perspiration no problem). Fortunately there was a plentiful supply of tap water as well as beer.
And so to the racing! In summary, we won, or had a hand in winning, sixteen races. Chief potwinners were Tom with seven and Pete with four. Average haul - three per person. Here are the details in chronological order:
Day 1 - Thursday, 5th September
Men's E Coxed Four
Our first race and our first win! Fastest heat in the event - 3:22.65 (1.42 sec. ahead of second-placed crew). Well done Huw Jones, Pete Meaney, Fred Jefferies and Richard Lonergan, ably coxed by Lawrence Edwards of St. Andrew BC. True World Masters! Full results at Varese_2013/E4+.pdf
Men's F Coxless Four
Three heats of interest: heat 1 - won by Tom Bishop's composite with Wallingford/Aviron Vevey in 3:24.71 (3.88 sec. ahead of next crew); heat 3 - won by Geoff Peel, Graham Bagnall, Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine in 3:29.94 (4.34 sec. ahead of next crew); heat 4 - Willy Almand's composite with Upper Thames fourth in 3:39.98. Full results at Varese_2013/F4-.pdf.
Men's D Eights
Heat 5 - Huw Jones, Steve Aquilina, Geoff Peel, Ali Boileau, Andy Tompkins, Pete Meaney, Fred Jefferies, Richard Lonergan and cox Hilary Cook second in 3:09.54, 1.15 sec. behind the winning Irish composite. Full results at Varese_2013/D8+.pdf.
Women's A Single Sculls
Heat 6 - Deborah Mallinson third in 4:09.65. Full results at Varese_2013/WA1x.pdf.
Day 2 - Friday, 6th September
Men's D Quadruple Sculls
Heat 8 - won by Steve Aquilina, Graham Bagnall, Andy Tompkins and Ali Boileau in 3:18.60 (2.13 sec. ahead of next crew). Steve Aquilina reckons he played his joker on this one and that it should count as double since "this was the crew that nobody thought would win". Full results at Varese_2013/D4x.pdf.
Men's G Eights
Heat 3 - Willy Almand's composite with Upper Thames and Reading second in 3:25.63. Full results at Varese_2013/G8+.pdf.
Men's F Coxless Pairs
Heat 2 - Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine fourth in 4:00.83 behind a very fast Dynamo Moscow pair but ahead of British rivals Upper Thames. Full results at Varese_2013/F2-.pdf.
Men's D Coxless Fours
Heat 4 - Huw Jones, Andy Tompkins, Fred Jefferies and Steve Aquilina fourth in 3:28.96. Full results at Varese_2013/D4-.pdf.
Men's G Double Sculls
Heat 4 - Tom Bishop and Charles Parry (Wallingford) second in 3:43.25. Tom says they got rowed through and blew up, coming second in the end by 7.23 sec. Full results at Varese_2013/G2x.pdf.
Men's E Eights
Heat 3 - Huw Jones, Roger Hine, Andrew Bramah, Steve Aquilina, Geoff Peel, Pete Meaney, Fred Jefferies, Richard Lonergan and cox Hilary Cook won in 3:12.17 (2.94 sec. ahead of the next crew). They were clear of the field at 500m. Full results at Varese_2013/E8+.pdf.
Men's F Coxed Fours
Heat 1 - Andrew Bramah, Roger Hine, Geoff Peel, Pete Meaney and cox Hilary Cook won in 3:38.19 (1.19 sec. ahead of the Lea RC in second place). Full results at Varese_2013/F4+.pdf.
Women's B Single Sculls
Heat 1 - Deborah Mallinson fourth in 4:16.54. Full results at Varese_2013/WB1x.pdf.
Men's D Coxless Pairs
Heat 6 - Richard Lonergan and Fred Jefferies third in 3:47.27. Full results at Varese_2013/D2-.pdf.
Men's G Single Sculls
Heat 3 - Tom Bishop won in 3:56.64 in the fastest heat of the event. A true World Master! Full results at Varese_2013/G1x.pdf.
Men's H Coxed Fours
Heat 3 - Willy Almand and Graham Bagnall won (with others) in 3:43.84. Full results at Varese_2013/H4+.pdf.
Men's F Quadruple Sculls
Heat 1 - Tom Bishop came third (with Sean Morris and Colin Cusack of Wallingford RC and Bill Chambers of Aviron Vevey) in 3:43.84. Full results at Varese_2013/F4x.pdf.
Dick Findlay won Men's H coxless fours in Occoquan colours.
Day 3 - Saturday, 7th September
Men's G Quadruple Sculls
Heat 3 - Tom Bishop won (with Charles Parry, Sean Morris and Colin Cusack of Wallingford RC) in 3:22.22. Full results at Varese_2013/G4x.pdf.
Men's E Coxless Pairs
Heat 1 - Steve Aquilina and Pete Meaney came third in 3:48.23. Full results at Varese_2013/E2-.pdf.
Men's F Double Sculls
Heat 1 - Graham Bagnall and Geoff Peel came a very close second in 3:48.23, 0.09 sec. behind the winners. Full results at Varese_2013/F2x.pdf.
Women's A Eights
Heat 1 - Deborah Mallinson, in an international composite, won in 3:16.08, 3.01 sec. ahead of the next crew. Full results at Varese_2013/WA8+.pdf.
Men's D Coxed Fours
Heat 3 - a scratch combination of Andy Tompkins, Ali Boileau, Andrew Bramah and Roger Hine (actually category E) came fourth in 3:34.37. Full results at Varese_2013/D4+.pdf.
Men's G Coxless Fours
Heat 2 - Tom Bishop won (with Charles Parry, Sean Morris and Colin Cusack of Wallingford RC) in 3:23.55, 2.56 sec. ahead of the next crew. Full results at Varese_2013/G4-.pdf.
Women's B Double Sculls
Heat 3 - Deborah Mallinson, and Katarina Rolfsman (MAABC) won in 3:39.22 (1.14 sec. ahead of the next crew). Full results at Varese_2013/WB2x.pdf.
Men's E Coxless Fours
Heat 1 - Huw Jones, Pete Meaney, Fred Jefferies and Richard Lonergan won in 3:16.58 (1.8 sec. ahead of the next crew). As in the coxed four, they were in the fastest heat and true World Masters. Full results at Varese_2013/E4-.pdf.
Men's F Eights
Heat 1 - Graham Bagnall, Roger Hine, Andy Tompkins, Graham Lloyd (UTRC), Andrew Bramah, Pete Meaney, Geoff Peel, Richard Lonergan and cox Hilary Cook came third in 3:12.96. Heat 2 - Willy Almand's composite came second in 3:12.02. Full results at Varese_2013/F8+.pdf.
Men's G Coxed Fours
Heat 2 - Tom Bishop won (with Charles Parry, Sean Morris and Colin Cusack of Wallingford RC) in 3:33.11, 2.26 sec. ahead of the next crew. Full results at Varese_2013/G4+.pdf.
Men's E Quadruple Sculls
Heat 4 - Geoff Peel, Graham Bagnall, Andy Tompkins and Steve Aquilina (plus several beers) came fourth in 3:24.99. Full results at Varese_2013/E4x.pdf.
Men's F Single Sculls
Heat 12 - Tom Bishop won in 4:09.96, 5.98 sec. ahead of the next sculler, in spite of the fact that he "was tired". Full results at Varese_2013/F1x.pdf.
Dick Findlay won Men's H eights in Occoquan colours.
Day 4 - Sunday, 8th September
Mixed D Double Sculls
Heat 5 - Deborah Mallinson and Tom Bishop won in 3:37.36, 11.08 sec. ahead of the next crew. Full results at Varese_2013/MxD2x.pdf.
Mixed B Double Sculls
Heat 3 - Deborah Mallinson and Ali Boileau came third in 3:41.83, 1.71 sec. behind the winners. Full results at Varese_2013/MxD2x.pdf.
A footnote from our statisticians: Thirty seven British clubs scored wins, very often in composites, as competitors (including coxswains) may represent only one club at the regatta. With the sixteen wins listed above, Quintin was by far the most successful British club, with Reading in second place on ten. Tom Bishop, with his seven wins, clinches the 2013 title of most successful potwinner for the club, with a grand total for the season of thirteen.
See the final.
Photographs of the regatta may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1686.
Photographs by the professionals may also be seen at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1729.
While the Quintin Masters were loading their boats on to the trailer down at Putney, ready for the long haul to Varese, the rest of the club basked in the late summer sunshine to take part in scratch eights races, witness boat christenings and enjoy the food and drink of a Quintin barbecue. Several boats were christened. Geoff Potts did the honours on the new club single sculls, which were named after our local bridges; Kew, Chiswick, Barnes and Hammersmith. Our new coxless four, which replaced the recently sold "Tim Firminger" was christened with the same name by Tim's son, Marco. Sadly Tim has been very ill for some time now and was not able to be present himself, but the Firminger family were there in numbers. Tim has been a member of Quintin for many decades, first representing the club at Henley Royal Regatta in 1948.
The final boat to be christened was our new coxless pair, which was aptly named "Lionel Bailey" by Lionel himself, a stalwart of the club for many years, but who in recent years has taken up residence on the Isle of Wight and so nowadays is a less frequent visitor. The boat-naming is apt because Lionel first came to prominence at Quintin when, with John Peters, he represented the country in the Anglo-Dutch Youth Regatta in 1965 and won the coxless pairs event. Lionel went on to row in the very fast Quintin eights of the late 1960s, and was in the coxless four that lost in the final of the Wyfold Cup in 1967 and the eight that lost in the final of the Thames Cup in 1975. In between these two major achievements for the club he won the Head of the River Race in 1969, 1970 and 1971 with Tideway Scullers and represented Great Britain at the World Championships in the eight in 1969 and the coxed pair in 1970. He rowed in Grand Eights at Henley in 1969 and the Stewards' Cup in 1970.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1661.
Alex Miller and Luke Zakrzewski competed at Gloucester Regatta on Sunday and won IM1 double sculls, beating City of Bristol in the final. They also took part in a dragon boat race at Ross on Saturday, winning through to the final. No more details as yet, other than a photograph of the victors with their prizes.
A photograph of the winners may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1659.
John "Sandy" Saunders has probably had his last row at Quintin as he is upping sticks after all these years and moving to Devon. John started rowing on the Tideway in 1949 when he joined Ibis Rowing Club, of which he was a member for forty three years until its demise in 1992, whereupon he moved next door to Quintin. On Saturday he took his last outing in the "vice-presidents'" eight, after which he was offering drinks in the clubroom. Bill Burbage presented him with an engraved tankard from the club and he later re-christened one of our Empacher coxless pairs (formerly "Hold Fast") with his nickname of "Sandy". We wish John all the best in his new home and we wish the "Sandy" every success on the water in seasons to come.
[Footnote 21/08/2013 - Sandy managed to sneak in another "last" outing today, this time in a quad scull]
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1654.
Your editor-in-chief has been away on "annual leave", so this report comes to you a week later than you may have expected, but it will come as no surprise to you to learn that the club has made its annual pilgrimage to the West Midlands to visit the birthplace of one of its illustrious vice-presidents (who was also part of the team). On Saturday, for the 1100m course, we had entries in Senior quad sculls, IM2 coxed fours, IM3 double sculls, Elite coxless pairs, women's IM3 double sculls (two entries), women's IM3 single sculls and women's novice coxed fours. On Sunday, for the 650m course, we had entries in Senior quad sculls, IM2 coxed fours, IM2 double sculls, Masters B coxless pairs, Masters F single sculls, women's IM3 double sculls (two entries) and women's novice coxed fours. However, some wins on Saturday might effect eligibility to race as entered on the Sunday. VIce-captain Rob Williams takes up the story:
"On Friday a handful of the QBC men's and women's squad, along with Jo and Chrissy from MAA, headed up to Stourport for their annual regatta and sprint. For those who don't know, Stourport is Graham's old club and couldn't be more friendly and welcoming to everyone from Quintin. As usual, the event was well organised, attracted a big crowd and had some good racing.
On Saturday, over 1100m, there were wins for the IM2 4+ (Alex, Rob, Tom, Matt, cox - Jane) who beat Bewdley by two feet in a very close race and then Ironbridge more convincingly by a couple of lengths in the final. Tamsyn and Elli saw off Loughborough and Bradford-on-Avon to win the WIM3 2x and Elli was also a winner in the WIM3 1x over Burton Leander and then Loughborough. There were also entries in the WNOV4+ who won 2 races but then lost out to Gloucester in the final. The Elite 2-, Senior 4x, IM3 2x and the other WIM3 2x lost out in their respective competitions, mainly to crews who weren't quite as 'scratch' as we were! Graham raced in a Stourport/Quintin composite Masters D 8+ but they were beaten by Loughborough.
After the traditional curry and one or two drinks on Saturday night, the course is shortened to 650m, which came as a welcome relief to a number of the QBC athletes waking up in the morning. The wins kept coming with success for the WNOV 4+ (Anne, Hayley, Tamsyn, Jane, cox - Elli) who beat Gloucester in the semi and Stourport in the final. Graham's Masters D 8+ closed the gap on Loughborough in another race of the composite 8s but were beaten by around ½ length. Graham switched to his scull for the Masters F 1x and had a good race but was pipped by Hereford. The Senior 4x, IM3 2x and WIM3 2x lost out on Sunday and unfortunately, the IM2 4+ were now over-pointed to race and there was no higher event for them. As the day drew to a close, the tension mounted for Mark and Richard who were the only 'potless' senior squad left. Luckily, they beat 2 stubborn Stourport pairs to take home the Masters B 2-.
Out of everyone, it was the MAA double who raced the most (a total of 10 times I think) and won the WIM3 2x both days and the WMASB 2x on Sunday.
So another decent haul of pots brought back from the West Midlands. Well done to the girls novice winners in particular. Thanks to Stourport Boat Club for a really enjoyable weekend and of course Graham for getting the boats there and back safely as always."
Photographs from the regatta may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1645.
Luke Moneley and Matt Denley are both entered for IM2 single sculls at this regatta.
The club had four entries accepted for Staines Regatta on Saturday and chalked up three wins. Matt Denley won IM3 single sculls, beating Geller of Reading RC by 1¾ lengths in the final. Tom McAuley won Novice single sculls, beating Pigram of Guildford RC by 1½ lengths in the final and our IM3 coxed four won their final against Putney Town RC in a close race by ½ length. William Medlicott entered Novice Masters single sculls but lost to Downey of the City of Bristol RC in the straight final of the superior Masters D single sculls event.
The winning IM3 crew: Nick Ceppi di Lecco, Tom Collins, Craig Russell, Matt Denley, Jane Adams.
Full results may be found at http://www.stainesregatta.com/2013/Results.pdf.
Photographs of the prizewinners may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1638.
The club had two entries at Molesey Regatta on Saturday: Matt Denley is in IM3 single sculls and Luke Moneley is in IM2 single sculls, bu there were no successes. Our Wyfold four entered IM1 coxless fours but their entry was rejected (presumably no competition).
News has just reached us of the results from the Irish Championships, where a number of Quintin members were taking part in their Irish club colours. The four came third behind University College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway. The eight was in the lead at the 1000m mark, but lack of practice together cost it in the second half and it finished fourth. In the coxless pairs, however, Mike and Alex were victorious by half a length.
A photograph of the prizegiving may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1620.
The club had two entries at Kingston Regatta on Saturday. The IM3 four (Sean, Tom Collins, Matt and Jack with Jane coxing) were in the first race of the day against Twickenham and Sons of the Thames. Having pulled back all the stagger from the stakeboat start and leading at the halfway mark, the fourran out of steam and finished third. Matt also lost out in his heat of IM3 single sculls, losing to a Wallingford sculler by ¾ length. Full results are available soon at http://www. kingstonregatta.co.uk/results.htm.
We were without our usual clutch of wins at Henley Masters Regatta this year, with Tom Bishop our only winner, in composite crews with Wallingford RC in G double sculls and G quadruple sculls. In their double Tom and Charles Parry had "easily" verdicts in their two heats and also in the final, where they beat Henley RC in a time of 3 min. 40 sec. The quad had a much closer race against the German Crefelder RC crew, winning by 2/3 length in a fast time of 3 min. 14 sec, which would have given them a comfortable victory in the 'E' category.
Our eight, doubling up in the 'D' and 'E' categories, had a good lung-opener against the Marlow 'D' crew on Friday, winning by 1½ lengths, but then met the favoured Bulldog RC crew (Yale University alumni) in the semi-final at 9:20 on Saturday morning. Our crew were a little slow out of the blocks and found themselves ½ length down after a minute, but then hit a good rhythm and reduced the deficit to three feet before Bulldog pushed for the line to win by a canvas. The 'E' category event was a straight final against another Bulldog crew, made up substantially of the 1979 winners of the Ladies' Plate. Here the roles were reversed and Quintin took an early lead of a few feet but then encountered steering difficulties and Bulldog stole ½ length. Quintin gallantly hung on, rating 38 over the whole course, but the final verdict was ¾ length to Bulldog.
;Here is a video of the race, courtesy of John Biglow of Bulldog RC: There is a video of the race, courtesy of John Biglow of Bulldog RC, on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkdnYj92r7g
Jim Millar of Bulldog RC described the make-up of the Bulldog 'E' crew as follows: Bow, Chris Choa (1979 Ladies' Plate winner); 2, John Biglow (1979 Henley Grand Eights beat Oxford Unversity, lost to GB national squad); 3, Ted Jaroszowicz (1979 Grand eight); 4, Kurt Jomo (first row at Henley), 5, Michael Ives (1979 Ladies' Plate winner); 6, Magruder Dent (1979 Ladies' Plate winner); 7, Jim Millar (1979 Ladies' Plate winner); stroke, Dave Potter (1979 Ladies' Plate winner); cox, Andy Fisher (1979 Grand eight). The Ladies' Plate crew were the 2nd Varsity crew and the Grand contenders the 1st Varsity crew at Yale. Jim continued "We established the Bulldog RC in 1983 to row in the Head of the Charles Regatta, which we have done every year since. Henley Masters is the first 1000m race we have done. The Bulldog D8 are guys from Yale Class of 1983. They were 1st years (Freshmen) when we were 4th (seniors) at Yale. They came to Henley Masters in 2007 and won the C8. We have kept in close contact since university and they convinced us to do the trip with them in 2013. We all hope to be back before too long."
Our category 'C' quadruple scull had a close encounter with Ardingly on Friday afternoon, winning by ½ length. They then met Wallingford in the final on Saturday afternoon and, in another close race, lost by one length in a time of 3 min. 5 sec.
So the squad achieved one of its objectives in that it wanted to meet some stiffer opposition, but there is obviously room for improvement before the World Masters Regatta in Varese in September. Full results may be found at http://www.henleymastersregatta.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Henley-Masters-Regatta-Results-2013.pdf.
A photograph of QBC meeting the Bulldog crew may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1617.
This year's Henley squad from the club was the strongest for a number of years but we are still finding the required standard to win hard to achieve. On Wednesday our Wyfold four had a good high-paced row, rating 36 or more over the whole course, but were outclassed by an Elizabethan Boat Club with clear international potential. Elizabethan were not eliminated until the semi-final.
Details of the Wyfolds crew may be found in our.
On Thursday our Visitors' four, our first ever following the opening up of the event to clubs in 2000, drew an evenly matched Thames crew and battled down the whole course with ½ length or so between them before conceding a length and a quarter at the finish. Thames went on to beat Cambridge University, who had eliminated Leander, by the same margin before losing to Harvard in the semi-final. Full results from the regatta may be found by searching at https://www.hrr.co.uk/henley-results/search.
Details of the Visitors' crew may be found in our.
There is a video of the last 36 seconds of the Visitors' race (courtesy of Martin Carr) at http://quintinboatclub.org/downloads/visitors_2013.wmv.
Photographs from the regatta may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1593.
The Wyfold four did an excellent job in qualifying on Friday afternoon and now face the selected crew, Elizabethan Boat Club (Westminster School alumni) in the first round proper, to be raced next Wednesday at 5:45 pm. If they win that race they will meet the winners of Derby vs. Star Club. Our Visitors four will first race on Thursday, against Thames Rowing Club. If they beat Thames they will race the winners of Leander and Cambridge University. We wish both crews every success at the regatta.
Our Wyfold four this year consists of Ben Hunter (bow), Rob Williams, Mitchell Powers and Mark Chatwin (stroke, steers).
Ben Hunter, aged 22, joined the club recently, bringing with him coaching experience from Team Keane and rowing experience from Kingston and Thames Tradesmen's rowing clubs.
Rob Williams, 29, is a current Quintin vice-captain and joined the club on a Learn to Row course in March 2009. This will be his third Henley Royal, but is his first time in a qualifying crew.
Mitchell Powers, 26, is another recent joiner. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2012 and is currently a graduate student at LSE. He rowed for Christchurch RC in the Thames Cup in 2006.
Mark Chatwin, 35, captained Quintin from 2007 to 2012. He started his rowing career at Shiplake College, representing them in the Princess Elizabeth Cup in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and has represented Quintin at Henley Royal for most years this century, taking a break in 2002 and 2003 to row in Leander colours.
Our Visitors four, our first ever in this event, consists of Will Bryant (bow, steers), Mike Ewing, Alex Miller and John Forde (stroke).
Will Bryant, aged 27, rowed for Oxford Brookes at HRR from 2005 to 2008, winning the Temple with them in 2006. He rowed for Wallingford in the 2009 Wyfolds. With Mike Ewing, he won the Wyfold Cup for Nottingham & Union in 2010.
Mike Ewing, 27, has rowed previously for Molesey, Nottingham & Union, Star, Queen's University Belfast, Henley, Newark and the University of the West of England. Rowing for Henley, he lost in the final of the 2009 Thames Cup, but then won the Wyfold Cup the following year for Nottingham & Union (with Will Bryant). Mike finished 2nd in the Scullers Head last year, winning the novice pennant.
Alex Miller, 26, rowed at the University of the West of England and is a long-standing member of Star Club, representing them in the Fawley Cup in 2005. Also with Star, he lost in the final of the Thames Cup in 2011 but won the Britannia Cup in 2012.
John Forde, 34, has previously rowed for Leander and Kingston and a number of Irish clubs, including a Galway/Skibbereen composite and the National University of Ireland, Galway, with whom he won the Visitors' Cup in 2005.
The club chalked up another sculling success at Richmond Regatta this Saturday, with Matt Denley winning IM3 single sculls. In the final he beat A. Rebick of Magdalen College School by four lengths. Our IM3 eight, in their first competition, performed encouragingly well, losing their heat to St. Paul's School by a close ¼ length. In Novice single sculls, Tom McAuley won his heat, but lost by 1½ lengths to I. Hanley of Whitgift School BC in the final. The women's IM3 double (Tamsyn Wedlake-James and Elli Kirk) lost to the eventual winners, Kingston RC.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1603.
For those of you who have not consulted the oracles, we have two entries this year at Henley Royal Regatta; a Visitors four and a Wyfold four. The Wyfolds has attracted a huge entry of fifty five crews, thirty seven of which have been asked to row in qualifying races. Our crew will be racing the time trial over the full Henley course on Friday, 28th June. Their group race commences at 4:47 pm precisely. All support on the riverbank on Friday afternoon will be gratefully received.
The Visitors Cup has attracted nineteen crews, to be reduced to sixteen by qualifying races. Our crew has not been required to qualify.
The club had four entries at Marlow Regatta over the weekend; one on Saturday and three plus an interest in two composite crews on Sunday. On Saturday the condtions were not that favourable, with a strong cross-headwind favouring the higher numbered lanes of the six-lane 2000m Dorney course. Unluckily our IM1 coxless four drew lane 1 in their heat against (in lane order) Bexhill, London, Curlew and Elizabethan and came third to Elizabethan and Bexhill. In the repechage they again drew lane 1 and came second to Royal Chester, just failing to qualify for the final by 0.8 of a second.
On Sunday the course was changed to 1000m and the wind, although still cross-head, had moderated to a gentle breeze, giving much more pleasant racing conditions. Our masters squad has latterly been slightly depleted, with Pete Meaney recovering from eye surgery and Fred Jefferies mourning the death of his father (our condolensces to Fred and his family). So some rearrangement of the crews was necessary and this is where we were thankful for our "squad" training system. Our Masters E eight took on yet another formation and two fours were also assembled at short notice. The outcome was excellent. The Masters E eight came home 9.7 seconds ahead of Tideway Scullers, with Broxbourne, clearly not the same crew we raced at Nottingham, 43 seconds behind. The Masters D coxless four, with Jonathan Ferris stepping in for Fred Jefferies, came up against our old rivals, Reading RC, and in a closely contested race reversed last year's result to come home victorious, with Bradford-upon-Avon third and Weybridge fourth; Willy Almand's Upper Thames combination did not show at the start. The Masters F coxed four, with one crew change from Chiswick Regatta and now conventionally rigged, met Tideway Scullers again, but dominated the race from the outset and finished 7.8 seconds ahead of Bedford, with Tideway Scullers a further 1.7 seconds behind and Guildford in fourth place. Our four's time would have won the Masters E race.
Tom Bishop won his Masters F double sculls race by a comfortable 7.6 seconds with Wallingford partner Charles Parry, but when they teamed up with Colin Cusack and Sean Morris for the Masters F quadruple sculls they cut things a bit fine, beating Ardingly (our adversaries in F coxless fours at Nottingham) by just 0.2 of a second.
Full results, but with some missing times, may be found at http://reports.regattamaster.com/Pages/QuickView.aspx?regattaID=1059.
Thanks go to our coxswains Jane Adams and Hilary Cook and to Graham Lloyd for towing the boats to and from the regatta.
The winning Quintin crews:
- Masters D 4-: Huw Jones, Steve Aquilina, Jonathan Ferris, Richard Lonergan.
- Masters E 8+: Huw Jones, Roger Hine, Andrew Bramah, Steve Aquilina, Charles Harrison, Jonathan Ferris, Geoff Peel, Richard Lonergan, Jane Adams (cox)
- Masters F4+: Andrew Bramah, Roger Hine, Geoff Peel, Jonathan Ferris, Hilary Cook (cox).
Jonathan is pulling away in thewith yet another three-win regatta.
Some photographs of the D eight and the F coxed four are available at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1612.
The club had two scullers competing in IM3 single sculls at Reading Regatta - Matt Denley and Luke Moneley. Matt lost in the first round to the losing finalist, Geller of Reading RC, who in turn lost to our own Luke Moneley in the final. Well done, Luke!
Results of finals may be found at http://www.reading-amateur-regatta.org/Pages/Results2013.php.
We had four entries for Barnes and Mortlake Regatta: Matt Denley in IM3 single sculls, Tamsyn Wedlake-James and Nanyamka Brown in women's IM3 single sculls and Tamsyn and Anne Wilkinson in women's IM3 double sculls. Your reporter managed to miss Matt's race but is reliably informed that he lost by ½ length to Coleman of Poplar Blackwall. In contrast your reporter had a perfect view of our other races from the umpire's launch. Anne and Tamsyn got off to a good start in their doubles race against London RC, but struggled when they hit the full force of the head wind about halfway over the course and London pulled away. The women's IM3 singles event turned out to be a straight all-Quintin final as the sculler from Tideway Scullers had scratched. Tamsyn had a comfortable victory over Nanyamka.
The club had a number of entries at the Metropolitan Regatta, with events on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the elite coxless four came fifth in their heat, losing out to University College Dublin, Leander, Cambridge University and Grainne Mhaol BC, Ireland. The IM1 coxless four got lots of practice at 2000m racing, finishing fourth in their heat, a second behind Maidenhead, then winning the reepchage, 1.2 seconds ahead of Maidenhead. In the final they finished fourth, 0.36 seconds behind the third-placed crew. Matt Denley also had a busy day in IM3 single sculls, finishing fourth in his heat and fifth in the reepchage.
On Sunday, the elite four again finished fifth in their heat, this time to Leander, the University of London, University College Dublin and Thames. The elite pair finished third to Star Club and Aberdeen RC/Robert Gordon University in a straight final.
Our IM2 coxed four scratched on both days.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1585.
Two wins at Twickenham Regatta: James Wragg-Smith lost the final of novice sculls but then, in his fifth race of the day, won the final of IM3 sculls; Elli Kirk fell in while getting on to the stakeboat in her heat of women's novice sculls, but she got back into her boat, won the race and then won the final. Anne Wilkinson lost her heat of WIM3 sculls.
Four Golds and Two Silvers
Last year's performance of seven golds, two silvers and the victor ludorum trophy was always going to be a hard act to follow, especially as the majority of our women's entries were rejected due to over-subscription to the regatta as a whole, but nevertheless the club gave it its best shot and a team of fifteen athletes plus coxswain made the long trek up to Nottingham. What a pleasant surprise! Sunshine, a gentle, mostly following breeze and ideal racing condtions! We were not sure if we were at the right place.
Receipt of the draw had severely altered our race plans: no women's doubles or quad, and Nanyamka didn't feel she was ready to scull in the open Championship 'A' sculls rather than the IM3 she had entered for. Tom and Steve also withdrew from 'E' double sculls, with potentially too many races particularly on Tom's hands. So first to race was our 'C' double of Richard Ratcliffe and Frank Raschke in a heat where the fastest three progressed to the final. After a good start our double were in third place at the 500m mark, but then faded to fifth at the finish.
|4||6||Bewl Bridge RC||1:45.0||3:31.01|
Next on for Quintin was Elli Kirk in Women's Masters 'A' Novice sculls. This was Elli's first "big time" race and she was thoroughly pleased with her third place in the final.
|1||5||Reading RC (McSweeney)||2:03.2||4:10.23|
|2||1||Belfast BC (Cameron)||2:02.7||4:16.05|
|3||2||Quintin BC (Kirk)||2:06.7||4:23.39|
Twenty four minutes later Tom Bishop comfortably won his heat in Masters 'G' singles (first five to final), leading the field by a good ten seconds.
|1||2||Quintin BC (Bishop)||1:56.9||4:08.97|
|2||4||Dart Totnes (Harris) A||2:06.2||4:19.52|
|4||5||St Neots RC (Knights)||2:06.7||4:28.38|
|5||3||Carlow RC (Dooley)||2:08.5||4:31.12|
|6||1||Nottingham RC (Lorrimer)||2:10.5||4:38.99|
Our next heat was 'D' eights (first three to qualify for the final) where our crew did just enough to win, beating a Reading / Bradford-on_Avon composite by just over a second.
|6||4||Oundle Town RC||1:42.0||3:31.96|
Just under two hours later, it was time for the 'E' eights final, reduced to a three-boat race by a scratching after the draw had taken place. Quintin always dominated this rrace, taking an early lead and turning on the power to win by clear water. The official times for this race are a little suspect, as they show Maidstone Invicta in the lead at the halfway mark, which was not the case.
|2||2||Maidstone Invicta RC||1:37.5||3:23.38|
Next combination - our 'F' eight. This was an F/G handicap race (three 'F' and three 'G' crews), where the 'F' crews would start eight seconds behind the older men: a tough challenge, but our crew determinedly went over the course at 38 strokes per minute, finishing at 39 just 1.73 seconds ahead of second-placed Reading and seven seconds ahead of the next fastest 'F' crew. Incidentally, ex-Quintin member Mike Dudley was sitting at 4 in the Reading crew.
|1||5||Quintin BC (Mas F)||1:47.2||3:26.51|
|2||6||Reading RC (Mas G)||1:43.0||3:28.24|
|3||2||Wallingford RC (Mas G)||1:45.0||3:33.29|
|4||1||Durham ARC (Mas F)||1:49.7||3:33.47|
|5||4||X-Press BC (Mas F)||1:52.4||3:40.13|
|6||3||Monmouth RC (Mas G)||1:51.8||3:48.81|
Deduct eight seconds from the times of the 'F' crews to get their true times. If you do this you will see that the Quintin crew's 500m splits were almost identical - all that winter training paying off!
Next - our race of the day - a majestic win by the 'E' coxless four, establishing a four seconds lead over Jock Wishart's composite by the 500m mark, with Walton a further six seconds behind. The lead was sufficient for stroke man Richard Lonergan to take his foot off the gas in the middle of the race. Walton finished strongly, rowing through the Wishart composite, but Quintin took it home and took nearly a length off Walton in the last twenty strokes to chalk up a convincing victory.
With a quick turnaround of the shared boat, our 'F' coxless four then took to the water, but came up against a quality Ardingly four containing some of Geoff Peel's buddies ex-Thames Tradesmen and former World Lightwieght coxless fours champion Colin Barratt. Our crew was always behind and had to be satisfied with the silver medals, four and a half seconds behind the winners, with Avon County a further four seconds behind.
|3||5||Avon County RC||1:46.0||3:38.71|
By now it was late afternoon, but Quintin still had three events to complete - first off the mark, Tom Bishop in the 'G' singles final. Tom won with ease, his closest rival, Tubbs of Dart Totnes, being over ten seconds behind.
|1||3||Quintin BC (Bishop)||1:56.9||4:08.97|
|2||6||Dart Totnes ARC (Tubbs) B||2:06.2||4:19.52|
|3||4||Dart Totnes ARC (Harris) A||2:04.4||4:21.93|
|5||1||Carlow RC (Dooley)||2:08.5||4:31.12|
|6||2||St Neots RC (Knights)||2:10.5||4:38.99|
Next was the F/G coxless pairs with Andrew and Paul (Masters 'F') taking on a pair from the winning Ardingly coxless four they had raced earlier. All 'F' crews had pretty much reversed the nine second handicap of the 'G' crew by the 500m. mark, but Andrew and Paul could not match the pace of the leaders and finished seven seconds down on the winners in third place.
|1||5||Ardingly RC (Mas F)||2:04.2||4:03.19|
|2||1||Durham ARC (Mas F)||2:05.2||4:05.33|
|3||2||Quintin BC (Mas F)||2:08.5||4:10.74|
|4||4||Stourport BC (Mas G)||2:14.1||4:35.00|
Finally, the 'D' eights final. This was another exciting race, with Quintin slow out of the blocks compared with the other crews and trailing the leaders, Marlow, by about a length in fourth place at the 500m mark. Over the second half Marlow gradually faded, leaving Upper Thames to pull away, taking Quintin with them, who got their bows in front of Marlow just before the line to take the silver medals.
|1||2||Upper Thames RC||1:31.7||3:05.78|
And so our overall tally was four golds and two silvers from the nine events we competed in. The medal winners were:
- Masters 'E' eights (GOLD): Huw Jones, Steve Aquilina, Charles Harrison, Jonathan Ferris, Geoff Peel, Richard Lonergan, Fred Jefferies, Pete Meaney, Debbie Bregenzer (cox)
- Masters 'E' coxless fours (GOLD): Huw Jones, Jonathan Ferris, Fred Jefferies, Richard Lonergan
- Masters 'F' eights (GOLD): Andrew Bramah, Tom Bishop, Charles Harrison, Roger Hine, Jonathan Ferris, Paul Taylor, Geoff Peel, Pete Meaney, Debbie Bregenzer (cox)
- Masters 'G' single sculls (GOLD): Tom Bishop
- Masters 'D' eights (SILVER): Huw Jones, Steve Aquilina, Charles Harrison, Richard Ratcliffe, Frank Raschke, Richard Lonergan, Fred Jefferies, Pete Meaney, Debbie Bregenzer (cox)
- Masters 'F' coxless fours (SILVER): Andrew Bramah, Roger Hine, Geoff Peel, Paul Taylor
We didn't win the victor ludorum trophy this year, but we finished a creditable fourth with 194 points, 23 points behind the winners, Lea RC on 217. Our own "man-of-the-match" was Jonathan Ferris, with three gold medals to his credit.
If you want more results the full details may be found at http://www.masterschamps.org/files/MastersChamps-2013-Raw-Results-V1.pdf.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1565.
The club had three entries at Nottingham City Regatta on Saturday - an IM1 coxed four, an IM1 coxless four, and an IM1 eight. In a five-boat final over the 2000m. Holme Pierrepont course, the eight finished third, behind a very fast St. Edward's School and King's School, Chester.
|1||2||St Edwards Sch||01:31.0||03:08.0||04:48.3||06:28.2|
|2||3||Kings Sch Chester||01:34.4||03:15.3||04:59.3||06:43.0|
|5||1||Cambridge City RC||01:39.9||03:25.5||05:13.8||07:03.4|
The coxed four also lost out to a fast St. Edward's School crew, finishing fourth.
|1||2||St Edwards Sch||01:41.0||03:29.1||05:21.0||07:11.7|
|2||6||City of Bristol RC||01:48.7||03:37.8||05:31.5||07:22.0|
|6||1||Nottingham & Union||02:04.||03:49.6||05:49.1||07:46.1|
The coxless four also finished fourth in a close race with just six seconds covering the first four crews at the finish, all of whom were faster than the winners of Elite coxless fours.
|6||3||Chester le Street ARC||01:44.0||03:38.8||05:36.6||07:33.3|
Full results of the regatta may be found at.
The club had three scullers competing at Putney Town Regatta and they all came home with silverware. Matt Denley won men's novice sculls with a prize of a quart tankard, Luke Moneley rowed over to take IM3 single sculls after his only opponent scratched and Tamsyn Wedlake-James won women's IM3 single sculls.
A record of winners may be found at http://www.putneytownregatta.org.uk/sites/default/files/ PTR 2013 record of winners_1-1.pdf.
Our senior squad travelled to Ghent this weekend to compete in the two-day international regatta. On Saturday we had two pairs in the open coxless pairs event: Will Bryant with Mike Ewing, and Alex Miller with John Forde, but both pairs found themselves off the pace and failed to progress from the heats. Our pairs then combined to compete in open coxless fours, but again did not progress from the heats.
On Sunday a number of scratchings resulted in the Senior A coxless pairs event being a straight final. Mike Ewing and Alex Miller finished third out of five, losing out to two Leander pairs. The Senior A four of Will Bryant, John Forde, Mike Ewing and Alex Miller qualified in their heat for the final, where they finished fourth out of five, behind Molesey, Leander and Thames.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1556.
We had three scullers competing at Borne Regatta on Saturday: Anne Wilkinson and Tamsyn Wedlake-James in women's IM3 single sculls, and Luke Moneley in men's novice sculls. Anne met Zoe Gullen of Tideway Scullers in the first heat and lost by 4 lengths. Tamsyn beat Lazarevic of Sons of the Thames by two lengths in her first heat but lost to Gullen by 3½ lengths in the final. In the men's novice event, Luke won both his heat and the final easily against Blackford of Tideway Scullers and Wachholz of Vesta respectively.
Well done, Luke! You're in the.
Luke Moneley tried to improve on his Chiswick performance the next day over the 2000m distance of Dorney Lake, but found the opposition in IM3 sculls a little more challenging. He finished ffith in his heat in a time of 8 min. 15.64 sec.
Full results may be found at http://wallingford-regatta.org.uk/2013-results/.
The weather on Friday promised a pleasant Chiswick Regatta Saturday for 2013, but when the day arrived there were strong winds, accompanied by squally showers throughout the morning - the first time the regatta had seen rain in about twenty years. However, the weather brightened up in the afternoon, and in any case our competitors were not to be deterred by a few drops of rain. In novice sculls, Luke Moneley got us off to a good start, winning his first heat easily, and Matt Denley followed in his path with a four length advantage in his first race. In the next round Matt met Moss of Westminster School and lost by 1½ lengths, but Luke won his semi-final by 2½ lengths to meet Moss in the final. After a very close race, Luke crossed the line second, just ¾ length down on the Westminster schoolboy. Well done to both our scullers.
Our Masters F coxed four had a long wait for their straight final against Tideway Scullers, but when the appointed hour arrived they insisted on giving themselves a hard time. First of all the two crews managed to interlock blades about half a minute into the race with Quintin a canvas in the lead, and then on the restart our crew contrived to start a canvas down. With two thirds of the race gone they were still ¾ length down, but, to the entertainment of the crowds watching from the boathouses, they then raised the rating three pips and came home a canvas up.
The winning crew: Andrew Bramah (bow), Roger Hine, Paul Taylor, Jonathan Ferris (bowside stroke), Jane Adams (cox).
This win opens the account for.
Once again the regatta was over-subscribed, which unfortunately meant there were no events for our three women scullers who had sent in their entries.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1554.
Anne Wilkinson reports on her return from Aiguebelette, sporting an enviable suntan:
Leaving the dreary UK weather behind us, twenty Quintin members and seven Putney Town RC members took themselves off to the sunnier climes of Lac d'Aiguebelette for a week. After checking in to the hotel, we couldn't get to the lake quickly enough to unload and rig all the boats. On arrival lakeside at Aiguebelette, we had to share our area with the University of Bristol Boat Club who were packing up in bright sunshine. Apparently this was the best day they had had and we couldn't help but be a little smug when checking the weather forecast – it was promising to be a scorcher of a week.
The first day of rowing began bright and early on Sunday morning and despite the excitement of being on holiday we were perfectly happy to be woken up at 7am for a quick breakfast with the sun just rising above the mountains and warming up the lake perfectly. The water was beautiful and as flat and clear as glass. We took the first outing with apprehension as there was just so much water. Without the fear of crashing in to anything (apart from the big tin cans) it was almost disconcerting but wonderful that we didn't need to look around to steer...much...
After the standard three course lunch back at Les Lodges du Lac, and with us all feeling a little soporific, it was time to get some well-earned rest (or in the girls' case, time to sunbathe and minimise the already protruding tan lines). Back at the Lake for the afternoon session it was glorious with the warmth meaning that nearly all of us were tempted to a swim. None was quite brave enough at this point in the week I might just add.
In the evening, as what followed suit most of the week, we met at the hotel bar for a pre-dinner drink followed by another three course meal after which the "swamp dwellers" would trundle back for a game of cards or a film or just a gossip whilst the "grown-ups" would sit around the dinner table talking intellectually about...well...stuff I guess.
During the trip we celebrated a birthday (Anne's) for which Tom Bishop very kindly threw her into the lake as a treat; we had the afternoon off on Wednesday where most of Putney decided they would go for a swim in a different lake but we think they really spend most of their time topping up their tans; Quintin mooched around the lovely little village of Novalaise where they chanced upon a lovely bar where the beer flowed freely so all in all had a jolly jolly good time as I am sure you can all imagine!
Wednesday evening also meant the arrival of four of the barflies who were looking especially pale in comparison to the singed skin of the rest of the group and had a lot of catching up to do on all fronts. By the time we reached Friday, our luck with the weather had finally run out and down came the rain in droves which was pretty relentless all day. This did not deter us from Duncan's idea of a mini regatta and off we went soaked to the skin before we had even left the pontoon. What we all did have though was flat water making it perfect to race in and seeing as we had been practising rowing in a straight line all week, we didn't even need to be able to see where we were going. The results of the regatta saw Geoff Potts' and Tom Bishop's double the top of everything racing the 1000m in 3:42. The top sculler was Rob Williams in a time of 3:54 and the top women's sculler was Tamsyn Wedlake James in a time of 4:27.
Note: Rob, Luke and Alex's race was, in fact, over the 1500m course as Duncan decided that they needed to work harder for their glory.
So along with these awards given out in the evening, the coaches decided they would give a few more for the week. See below for the results:
- Top Sculler - Rob Williams/Tamsyn Wedlake James
- Top Beginner - Jakub Chalupczak (PTRC)
- Most Improved -Basil Amin (PTRC)
- Most "Cunning" & Fastest Crew - (Tom Bishop/Geoff Potts)
- Most Creative Rowing Style - Jim Winters (PTRC)
- Least Successful Diet - Alex Page
- Best Excuse - Luke Moneley *aka Samson*
- Fastest person to do Willie's 5 min test in 4 mins - Hayley Short
The remainder of the evening went rapidly downhill where everyone got to admire all the prizes given out but none was as interesting as Luke's wax strips to which Hayley and Anne decided to give him (and the rest of the group) a lesson on waxing. Let's just say that there are at least half a dozen people from that trip who are leaving with some very smooth skin...
And finally... a big thank you to all the coaches both official and unofficial who dedicated the week to us. We hope to make you proud this year. Thank you to Rob Williams for organising the trip and of course an extra special thank you to Graham Lloyd for delivering and fetching our boats with seamless skill and efficiency as usual.
Roll on the regatta season and next year - we can't wait!
In view of the cancellation of the two big races at the weekend it fell upon individual captains, coaches and crews to organise their own competition. On Saturday our first VIII took on and beat Kingston RC and on Sunday there was a mini-extravaganza for the more elderly competitors with an internationally flavoured mini-head organised by our captain, Dave King. Some of our senior (i.e. young) squad also took part in small boats. The international flavour was provided by two Danish/QBC men's composite crews (by arrangement with club member Leif Jacobsen), a men's crew from Eschweger RC, Germany and a composite Quintin / Occoquan International / MAA mixed crew.
The course decided on was on the flood tide from about 300m. below Hammersmith Bridge to the Quintin flagpole, starting at 11:00am. The starting order was based on the estimated relative speeds of the boats, with the fastest on paper going off first. The exception to this was the senior small boats, which were set off in front. With a largely following or cross-wind, conditions were relatively rowable, but the water was extremely lumpy along Chiswick Eyot in spite of wind and tide being in the same direction. Timing was provided by Duncan Hughes and Geoff Potts and the results were as follows (all eights unless otherwise stated):
|QBC (Meaney)||Masters E||14:55|
|QBC/Danish composite||Masters E||15:04|
|Sons of the Thames||Masters B||15:08|
|QBC quad||Masters A||15:40|
|Eschweger RC, Germany||Masters E||16:02|
|MAA/QBC/Occoquan||Mx Masters E||16:27|
|QBC/Danish composite||Mixed Masters F||16:35|
|QBC Barflies||Masters E||17:41|
The coxed four, out for the first time, opted for a low-rating paddle and were not timed.
The original intention was to offer the winning crew free beers at the Quintin bar, but under the circumstances this prize was offered to Leif Jacobsen's QBC/Danish composite Eight. This offer, together with a pint pewter tankard rustled up at short notice, was accepted by their stroke man, current Olympic lightweight double sculling champion Rasmus Quist. Everybody enjoyed a pint or two in the warmth of the clubroom after the race. Hot and cold refreshments were provided by Pete Brown of West Four Harriers.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1539.
Due to the anticipated adverse weather conditions, this year's race has been cancelled.
Due to the anticipated adverse weather conditions, this year's race has been cancelled.
We have only just learnt of the death last month of David Garrod, who won the Double Sculls for QBC at Henley Royal Regatta in 1947.
At Cambridge University, where he read medicine, David won a wartime blue in the 1945 Boat Race at Henley, he was in the Trinity Hall crew that bumped to go Head of the River, and he won the University Sculls and University Pairs. After graduating in 1946 he came to London to train as a doctor at Barts. He joined QBC and formed a double sculls partnership with Wally Horwood, who had won at Henley in 1945 and had been the NARA Champion Sculler for most of the 1930s. They won the double sculls at Henley in 1947, beating a Czechoslovak crew in the final. Their aim was then to represent Great Britain in the 1948 Olympics. At HRR in 1948 Garrod & Horwood lost in the final to a Belgian double. The Olympic regatta was due to start less than five weeks later. The GB selectors were undecided about the double scull and arranged a trial two weeks after Henley in which Garrod & Horwood raced Bert Bushnell & Richard Burnell. Burnell & Bushnell won the trial and went on to win the gold medal. The recent TV film 'Bert and Dickie' airbrushed Garrod & Horwood out of the picture, making no mention of the trial race. After 1948 David Garrod's only racing was for Barts in inter-hospital events and he soon gave up rowing completely. For 30 years until his retirement in 1985 he worked as a doctor in Wokingham.
David Garrod's death leaves our president, Dick Hylton-Smith, as the sole survivor of the two QBC crews that won at HRR in 1947.
A photograph of the 1947 Double Sculls final at Henley may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=46.
The Hammersmith Head was rowed this Sunday afternoon in extremely difficult conditions. The race started not long after a full spring high tide, with a bitterly cold wind blowing from the North-east resulting in white capped waves and a couple of sinkings. All crews battled into the head wind from Barnes Bridge through to the finish, and your correspondent is in a position to give a first hand account of the difficulty in maintaining one's control of the blade with hands like blocks of ice. The general impression from returning crews was that it was "a bit like the North Sea".
That said, the Quintin crews all performed really well in the difficult conditions, demonstrating their superior watermanship to some of the lesser-drilled opposition. Our Elite eight, starting at number 3, held on to their position to finish in a time of 11 min. 54.10 sec, just behind the London RC A and B crews and nine seconds ahead of Tideway Scullers.
The second fastest crew with club involvement was the Masters 'C' composite with Auriol Kensington, Vesta and Twickenham, stroked by our own Richard Ratcliffe. They finished 18th overall in a time of 12 min. 37.07 sec and were awarded the Masters B/C pennant, beating the Crabtree Masters 'B' crew on handicap.
Not to be outdone, Meaney's Marauders (Masters 'E' category) came home the third fastest Masters crew at 35th in a time of 13 min. 2.59 sec. to take the Masters E/F handicap pennant. They were closely followed by our second eight, 38th in 13 min. 7.07 sec. Last, but not least, the Captain's "Barflies" crew were 81st of the 98 finishers, in a time of 14 min. 45.35 sec. On the equally challenging paddle back to the club, our pennant-winning Masters were just in time to see the waterlogged Putney Town Novice eight being rescued from the icy waters along Chiswick Eyot.
Full results may be found at http://akrowing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Hammersmith_Head_Results_2013.pd and the pennant-winning crew members are listed on our .
Footnote: For a "complete" experience of the race, with coxswain's continuous commentary, why not take a look at crew No. 85, Barts & London A. Who says conditions weren't so bad for the higher numbered crews?? The fun begins at about the eight minute mark. Or, for more fun, with musical accompaniment, there's
An unusual step for Quintin, but one we hope will become the norm - an entry in the Women's Head of the River Race. We have not had an entry in this race since 2007, so it was good to see our women combining with the University of Westminster and having a crack at it. Of the three hundred and six crews that completed the course they were placed 265th in a time of 22 min. 36.50 sec.
Full results may be found at http://wehorr.org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2013-results-time-Final.pdf.
Members and non-members alike may be interested in the rowing blogwhich features an interview by Tim Koch with our president, Dick Hylton-Smith, on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
Some of you with time on your hands (Lionel?) may have noticed some subtle changes to our photo gallery recently. To ease your webmaster's burden, the gallery structure is now held on a database, which makes it much easier to look after it, and you may have noticed one or two changes in the navigation. Today, in one step towards making the website more mobile/tablet-friendly we give you the ability to touch/click the right side of an image to navigate to the next one, the left side to go to the previous one and (as always) the centre to take you back to the thumbnails. Try it on anything you fancy.
What a change in the weather! On Friday there was rain and snow across the country, but the day of the Quintin Head dawned with blue skies and relatively warm air temperature, considering the time of year. Once again the weather gods were smiling on us. It was another record entry for the race - this year 197 crews, of which 182 crossed the start and finish lines. Unfortunately a number of clubs were struck down with illness and had to rearrange and inevitably scratch some of their crews. We suspect that the Univeristy of East Anglia found the driving conditions in their neighbourhood a little tricky, as none of their crews put in an appearance. As well as a large entry we had a new upstream course, with the start, as ever, at Hammersmith Bridge, but the finish moved to the far end of Chiswick Quay Marina, about 400m. above Chiswick Bridge. This meant you could watch the finish of the race from the comfort of the neighbouring clubhouses, and many did.
Imperial College dominated, not only retaining the overall headship, and with it the Elite pennant, but also winning open IM1 (7th overall) and women's IM2 (59th overall and second fastest women). The women's headship and women's Senior pennant were won by Thames, finishing 46th overall, with their clubmates taking the women's IM3 pennant. Upper Thames RC, in their first appearance in the race, did well, finishing fourth to win the Senior pennant and their Masters D crew finished 31st to take the pennant for that category, beating our own Masters crew by 2.7 seconds. St. Paul's School were also double pennant winners with their IM2 crew in fifth place overall and their J16 crew 43rd, well ahead of their rivals. The University of Bristol, regulars at this event since 2006, won the open IM3 pennant for the third year running, and have yet to go home empty-handed.
Other pennant winners: King's College School, J18; Westminster School, Novice; London Oratory School, J15; Tideway Scullers, Masters E/F; Molesey, WIM1; St. Geroge's College, WJ18; King's College London, WN; Kingston Grammar School, WJ15.
Of our own crews, the semi-scratch Elite VIII finished 17th in a time three tenths of a second outside 14 minutes, the Masters D crew were 33rd= in 14 min. 27.6 sec. and the IM1 crew were 45th in 14 min. 49.8 sec. It was good to see a bit more depth in our entry this year.
Full results may be found on this website at ../quintinhead/results.php?date=2013-01-26.
Our thanks go to all the officials and volunteers who helped to run this event, to MAABC for use of their facilities, to all the competitors, and last, but not least, to the weather gods.
Photographs of the pennant winners may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1506.
Photographs of the Quintin crews may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1525.
A Happy New Year to all our readers!
Some of our masters kicked off the new year with a trip to the depths of Hampshire, to visit the Calshot Velodrome. The party was organised by Pauline Bird and a group of ten male and female rowers (mostly) took to the track for a three-hour session on Saturday. The velodrome is situated at the mouth of Southampton Water in an old aircraft hangar that used to house the huge Sunderland flying boats that were used as submarine hunters by RAF Coastal Command during the Second World War. Other facilities at the centre include climbing walls and a dry ski slope. None of the party had done any velodrome cycling before, but our excellent coach, Olympian team pursuit cyclist Harry Jackson (Tokyo and Mexico Olympics) soon had everyone comfortably flying around the banked track, team-pursuit-style.
All in all, it was a fun way to spend three hours on a Saturday afternoon and quite a contrast from our rowing training. The rates for booking are very reasonable, all necessary equipment is provided and, as previously mentioned, the coaching was excellent. More details may be found at https://calshot.bookinglive.com/home/track-cycling-courses/.
The party consisted of Pauline, her son Will, her friend from TSS Fiona and her partner Peter, Hilary Cook and her partner Peter, and Quintin masters Pete Meaney, Geoff Peel, Richard Lonergan and Roger Hine.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1496.
Mike Ewing was unable to attend the presentation of prizes for the Scullers' Head, which took place on Monday, but captain Dave King and coach Geoff Potts went along in his place to receive the trophy for winning the Novice division. Dave had his camera phone at hand to record the event and Geoff Potts received the trophy from Alan Campbell, who also claimed the title "Head of the River". Who presented Alan with his awards?
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1491.
The Christmas festivities at QBC got off to an early start this year, with the traditional plum puddings extravaganza taking place nine days before the feast day. Fourteen eights from QBC and neighbouring clubs took part in the boat procession and, for once, the first three to pass the club flagpole were all sporting QBC colours. Leading the procession at the finish were the young "All Stars", followed by the QBC/University of Westminster women, with the "Super Vets" hot on their heels. The speed of the boats was matched by the consumption of an excellent guest beer in the clubroom afterwards, with food provided by the West Four Harriers. Thanks go to all concerned.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1478.
The annual thrash for individual scullers over the Championship course took place on Saturday in near-perfect weather conditions, with blue skies and barely a puff of wind. Despite these idyllic conditions the race threw up some interesting results with the top ten positions all being occupied by scullers with three-figure start positions.
Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell (Tideway Scullers School), starting at number 108, was the fastest, in a time of 20 min. 43.32 sec. and our own Mike Ewing, starting 477th, was second in 21 min. 2.74 sec, beating third-placed H. Goodier (Imperial College) to the Novice pennant by 0.68 sec. Well done, Mike!
Things fared not so well for our other scullers. We have been accustomed over the years to picking up a clutch of Masters pennants, but this year the varying tidal conditions worked against us and we came away empty handed in this respect. The full results for our nine scullers who completed the course are as follows:
|160||80||Richard Ratcliffe||Mas C||23:03.96||10|
|137||404||Tom Bishop||Mas G||23:21.38||2|
|228||41||Ken Almand||Mas C||23:36.29||13|
|239||90||Charles Harrison||Mas E||23:40.07||4|
|247||102||Steve Aquilina||Mas D||23:42.26||16|
|292||372||Geoff Potts||Mas F||24:00.84||4|
The full finishing order may be found at http://www.vestarowing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ScullersHeadProvisionalResults2012-12-08-1514.pdf.
Our captain organised another successful mini-head on Sunday and Anthony Doran did the honours by providing another video of the action in the vicinity of Kew Bridge. Take a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3uaZF7tpJA&list=UL. Thanks also to Jane Adams, who provided some much-appreciated refreshments after the outing, in the form of coconut and raisin cake and lemon drizzle cake, with lashings of ginger beer to follow.
The club had three entries in the Kingston Small Boats Head on Saturday. In division 1, our masters Tom Bishop and Geoff Potts competed in Masters "F" and Masters "G" single sculls respectively. Both were the fastest in their categories. Tom finished the 4800 metre course in 19 min 11.5 sec, but with only one other competitor in the category no pennant was awarded. Geoff's time was 19 min 15.9 sec, which won him the Masters "G" pennant.
In division 2, our women's quadruple scull were competing in the WIM3 category, finishing third in a time of 18 min. 28.1 sec. This was their first proper head race and their first foray to the Kingston reach, and they were very pleased with the result. They overtook the rival Pengwern quad and also caught a men's masters double.
Full results may be found at.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=59.
The club had two and a half entries in the Veteran Fours Head this year; a Masters E coxless four, starting at number 73, a Masters E coxed four, starting at number 115, and a Masters D coxed four composite with Thames RC, starting at number 97. In pleasant, sunny conditions, with little wind, the coxless four had a good first half, but ran into heavy traffic at Chiswick Eyot, which severely disadvantaged them for the rest of the course, being forced out of the stream all the way to the finish. They finished second in their division, and 38th overall, in a time of 20 min. 37.53 sec. They were disappointed not to have beaten Walton, whom three of the crew had beaten last year, but they still managed to beat all but one of the younger "D" category coxless fours, all bar one of the "C" coxless fours and all but three of the "B" coxless fours. The coxed four excelled themselves, finishing 33rd overall, winning the E4+ pennant, in a time of 20 min. 26.95 sec, a time which beat not only our own coxless four but also meant they beat all but two of the coxless fours and were only three seconds off being the fastest masters coxed four overall, with the Thames RC "C" four just ahead of them.
The winning crew: Charles Harrison (bow), Richard Lonergan, Fred Jefferies, Pete Meaney (stroke), Ali Elliott (cox).
The composite D coxed four chose a more leisurely pace and finished seventh in their category and 128th overall in a time of 22 min. 18.71 sec.
The club had two entries in the Fours Head this weekend; an IM1 quadruple scull composite with Tyrian BC, starting at number 68, and an all-QBC IM1 coxed four, starting at number 292. The weather on the day was overcast and threatening rain, but otherwise it was a mild November afternoon. Our composite quad finished a respectable 65th overall, sixteenth fastest in their 34-strong division, in a time of 19 min. 33.3 sec. The coxed four finished 298th overall, in a time of 21 min. 15.1 sec.
Part of this Sunday morning's training session was captured on video by Anthony Doran. You can view it at http://youtu.be/g78KOI03-5E.
Our president, Dick Hylton-Smith, will be one hundred years old on Wednesday, 7th November. To celebrate this event a party was arranged in Dick's honour, to be held at the Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames, on Sunday, 4th November. The party was attended by Dick Hylton-Smith himself, his wife, Peggy, children and grandchildren and by past and present members of Quintin Boat Club and the Leander Club. Dick was in good spirits, and after a brief tribute from our current captain, Dave King, and a slightly longer one from Charlie Madge, followed by Dick's son Chris, Dick thanked everyone for coming and told a little story about a speech Walter Skelton was due to make at a club function many years ago. When the punchline came, it was much to everybody's amusement.
Thanks go to Duncan Hughes for organising a very successful event.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1472.
When they saw a number of our "masters" changing into Henley garb after their Saturday morning outings, people were wondering what was going on. It was, in fact, a photo opportunity to celebrate the successes of our masters over the last few years. When the results were totted up, it was found that, with twenty eight participants, the squad had amassed thirteen wins at National Masters regattas, fourteen at Hen1ey Masters and fifteen at World Masters in the years 2009-2012 alone, not to mention the many pennants won in head races and pots won at local regattas. As with rowing outings, it proved difficult to get everybody in the same place at the same time, but thirteen stalwarts out of the twenty eight were sufficiently uninhibited to appear before the camera.
The result may be seen in large by following the hyperlink on the adjacent thumbnail.
Photographs of the event may be found at http://quintinboatclub.org/gallery/index.php?ref=1470.
The club had two entries in this year's Teddington Small Boats Head - veterans Geoff Potts and Tom Bishop. Both were placed in the Masters F/G handicap category, and even without the handicap Tom was placed first and Geoff was second in category. Their times were 17min 5sec and 17min 14 sec respectively.
Full results may be found at http://www.walbrookrc.co.uk/UserFiles/Files/Teddington_Head/results2012.pdf.
The club had three entries in the Marlow Long Distance Sculls, but Tom Bishop came down with a bug and a last minute hitch prevented Geoff Potts from transporting his boat to the venue, leaving just Charles Harrison to compete. Of the sixty seven single scullers taking part, Charles finished twentieth, in a time of 24 min. 9.9 sec, and won the Masters E pennant.
This takes him to the top of the.
Due to red boards from the Environment Agency and incessant rain, Weybridge Silver Sculls was cancelled this year.
Next year's Quintin Head will be on Saturday, January 26th, starting at 12 noon. The race will be rowed on the flood tide from Hammersmith Bridge to the upstream end of Chiswick Quay Marina, about 300m above Chiswick Bridge. You can now follow announcements about the race on Twitter.
So, QBC members, pencil the date in your diary to volunteer for one of the many duties, and competitors, follow us on Twitter!
The club had an interest in seven crews in the Pairs Head on Saturday and results were fairly promising. Our crews won one pennant and just missed out on several more. The results then, in order of finishing: Toby and Harry Lonergan, entered as Quintin/Royal Shrewsbury School in the IM1 2x category, finsihed 12th overall and 2nd in their division in a time of 11min. 38.42 sec; Alex Miller and Mike Ewing (Elite 2-) finsihed 25th and 2nd in their division in a time of 11 min. 50.37 sec; Tom Bishop and Steve Aquilina (Masters E 2x) came 107th and 2nd in their category in 12min 31.57sec. (just 0.16 sec. off winning the pennant!); Fred Jefferies and Richard Lonergan (Masters D 2-) were 145th and 2nd in their category in 12min 43.82sec; Alex and Adam Page (Quintin/Shoreham IM2 2-) were 187th in 12min 55.39sec; Geoff Peel and Roger Hine (Masters F/G/H 2-) came 285th in 13min. 18.86 sec, second on time this year to Morris and Cusack of Wallingford; Dick Findlay and Frank Webb (Masters G/H 2x) finished 293rd in 13min. 21.13sec, winning the pennant on handicap.
|Crew||Overall Finish||Class||Time||Posn. in Class|
|Lonergan T./Lonergan H. (QBC/RSS)||12||IM1 2x||11:38.42||2|
|Bishop/Aquilina||107||Mas E 2x||12:31.57||2|
|Jefferies/Lonergan R.||145||Mas D 2-||12:43.82||2|
|Page/Page (QBC/Shoreham)||187||IM2 2-||12:55.39||16|
|Peel/Hine||285||Mas F 2-||13:18.86||4 (F/G/H handicap)|
|Findlay/Webb||293||Mas H 2x||13:21.13||1 (G/H handicap)|
Full results may be found at http://www.pairshead.co.uk/results-2012/.
Unfortunately, Andrew Bramah and Paul Taylor (Mas F 2-) had to scratch through illness.
Tom Bishop and Charles Harrison came home with the bacon from Wallingford and our first foray into the autumn sculling heads this weekend. The race was split into three divisions to allow entries in multiple categories of boats. Sculling in division 1, starting at 10:30, Charles was the fastest Masters E single sculler by 56 seconds in a time of 21:55.34. Also in division 1, in the Masters G category, Tom Bishop beat his nearest rival by 62 seconds in a time of 22:32.15. In division 3, starting at 15:30 Tom sculled again, this time in the Masters F category, but was beaten by Sean Morris on his home ground.
Full results may be found at http://wallingford-sculls.org.uk/2012-results/.
Theis now up and running.
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