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The new Men’s A Crew starts on the right foot. On Saturday the 1st of October, we got our first pots as a crew in the IM3 4+ category with a time of 10:47 over 2.6k, just 10.6s ahead of Hughes Hall. We raced at a steady 28, masterly stroked by Geraint and authoritatively lead by our cox Gemma. Matt at number 3 is an experienced rower, but Michel and myself at bow and 2 respectively, are the off-spring of the induction programme, which the club runs from March to October. We both joined in May, and thanks to its organiser and to the many people in the club that offer their time generously, had all the opportunities to progress quickly. We were surprised and pleased we came together so fast: crews have only just been formed and we had few outings to synchronize as a crew, but there is obviously good will, commitment and some good power. Let’s see where we can take it!
– Francesco Fermani Oct 2016.
Champs had their biggest ever entry into this event on our home water with 15 sculling crews (many in their first race) + 1 sweep oar crew. The conditions were good and much drier than forecast despite the downpour during Division 3.
There was a fantastic win for our new recruits to sweep oar rowing, A Men IM3 4+ crew, who were the fastest Champs Crew and 15th overall fastest.
The scullers also had a good day with wins for Trish Reed+Steve Millar (Mx.MasCDE.2x), Phil Jones (MasEF.1x), Louise Affleck+Carole Mills (W.MasCDF.2x), Louise Affleck (WMasC 1x) and Carole Mills (WMasDE 1x).
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.
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.
National Masters Rowing Championships, Holme Pierrepont, Saturday 11th + Sunday 12th June 2016
Champs 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.
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.
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.
Huge thanks goes to Brian Ellis for his expertise, knowledge, patience and time coaching our crews.
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
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.
The 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).
If 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.
This 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
The 2016 Junior Head will take place on Sunday 13th March.
Thanks to all who took part – scullers, coaches and race marshals. We hope to welcome you back to the Cam in 2017.
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.