Henley Masters Regatta 2016

Success at Henley Masters Regatta, Friday 08th + Saturday 09th July 2016

Carole Mills battled on the Thames through the tough, gusty headwind and strong stream to win the WMasD 1x event by 1.3 lengths against a Twickenham RC sculler who had beaten her by a split second recently at the National Masters Championships.

 

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Louise Affleck + Cynthia Jones lost in the Quarter Finals of the WMasD 2x event to a Tideway Scullers crew more accustomed and accomplished at dealing with the Thames. However, it was an invaluable learning experience for this crew to race at international level.

Thanks to Brian Ellis for his expertise, time and patience coaching us.

Louise Affleck

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National Masters Rowing Championships 2016

National Masters Rowing Championships, Holme Pierrepont, Saturday 11th + Sunday 12th June 2016

ChampsChamps continued their winning streak the following weekend at the National Masters Rowing Championships, Holme Pierrepont. They had their biggest entry (13 crews) and also their most successful Championships by coming 18/110 clubs in the Victor Ludorum trophy which ranks clubs by their success with respect to number of entries.

The races were extremely competitive, some with very narrow margins, Carole Mills missed her Bronze by 0.8 sec in the WMasD 1x, Louise Affleck won her Gold by 2 lengths and the Seahorses won their gold by 0.4 sec.

Gold medals were won by Seahorses WE8+, Louise Affleck WMasC IM3 1x, Trish Reed WMasE Nov 1x, Beth Midgely + Anna-Louise Lawrence WMasD Nov 2x. Trish, Anna-Louise and Beth all comfortably won their Novice races with superior technique and stamina compared to their opposing crews.

Trish-Anna-Louise-Beth WMasC IM3 1x

Silver medals were won by WC8+ Seabirds, chasing hard a fast Wallingford RC crew. Argonaughts came 2nd but unfortunately missed out on a C8+ Nov silver medal as there were only three crews in the race.Seabirds

Trish Reed + Steve Millar made their final in the MxE2x as did Cynthia Jones in the WMasE1x and also William Dulyea MasD Nov 1x. Louise Affleck + Cynthia Jones missed-out on the WMasD 2x final by a length, Phil Jones and Steve Millar also missed-out on the final of the MasE1x, but there were 18 entries, it was a tough task.

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Huge thanks goes to Brian Ellis for his expertise, knowledge, patience and time coaching our crews.

Louise Affleck

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Peterborough Spring Regatta 2016

A Fantastic week in June 2016 for Champion of the Thames RC starting with the Peterborough Spring Regatta

Peterborough Spring Regatta, Sunday 05th June 2016

Champs Scullers

Champion of the Thames RC Masters Scullers had a very successful day in the sunshine and headwind at Peterborough Spring Regatta with wins for: Phil Jones Mas E1x, Louise Affleck + Cynthia Jones WMasD 2x,    Louise Affleck WMasC 1x, Carole Mills WMasD 1x. There were also 2nd places for the Mas D 4x- and for WMas E 4x- crews. Trish Reed also made her final keeping-up with the 20 somethings in the WNov 1x category.

Phil-Cynthia    Lou-Carole 1x

Louise Affleck

 

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2016 Champs Eights Head: Sunday 22nd May

John Stewart & Helen Patterson TrophiesThe Champs Eights Head results are now available.

Congratulations to all category winners and particularly to Clare M1 for breaking the course record (and taking home a magnum of champagne).

 

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Learn to row with Champs

IMG_8290If you’d like to learn to row in a friendly and social club, now’s the time. We’re currently running an induction programme for adults of all ages on Monday and Friday evenings. Read all about it and sign up for few free taster sessions.

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Champs juniors in Oxford and Cambridge boat races

NikHazel2016This year’s Oxford and Cambridge boat races are on Sunday 27th March and members  of Champion of the Thames rowing club in Cambridge will be watching the races with more than usual interest as we have two of our ex-junior rowers taking part.  Continue reading

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Champs Junior Head 2016

Champs Junior Head 2015The 2016 Junior Head will take place on Sunday 13th March.

2016 Results are now available!

 

Thanks to all who took part – scullers, coaches and race marshals. We hope to welcome you back to the Cam in 2017.

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Champs Eights Head 2015 – FINAL RESULTS now available

Champs Eights Head FINAL Category Results including COXES AWARDS and STARTS AWARDS are now available Please note – there are no changes from the provisional results.

The Champs Eights Head took place on Sunday 17th May 2015 and the FINAL DRAW is here.

Division times 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm & 3:00pm
£56 per boat if payment received by Tuesday 12th May 2015  before 6pm (£7/seat)
£64 per boat if payment received after this time or on the day (£8/seat)

See our Champs Eights Head page for further details.

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2. Just passing through: overtaking etiquette

Especially if you’re coxing on a crowded river, it’s likely that at some point during an outing you’ll have to come past another crew. Today I’d like to talk briefly about how to go about doing this. These scenarios all assume that you’re uncoached: if you do have a coach, don’t be afraid to use them, asking them to check around corners or to confirm that it is clear. I’ll talk more about interacting with coaches in a later post. Anyway, here’s my five-point guide to making a quick, effective and (above all) safe overtake.

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1. Timing it right: when to make that (coxing) call

As coxes, we’re often told that in a race situation, it’s not just what we say but also how we say it. To that oft-quoted dictum, I’d like to add the smallest of asterisks: it’s also very important to think about when we say it. What do I mean by this? Well, I’m not referring to the more general art of ‘making the right call at the right time’, knowing exactly when to call a push on the finishes to move through another crew, or when to say that word that will fire up your stroke-man to crush the opposition — that’s all a topic for another column. Instead, I’d like to look at a simple change that you can make to your coxing that will make you much more effective in your everyday training: timing your calls to match the stroke cycle.

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