Champs Eights Head 2018

Champion of the Thames RC will be running Champs Eights Head on Sunday 20th May 2018. Divisions are at 12:00, 13:30 and 15:00 with racing on a 1450m course from the Plough to the site of the former Penny Ferry pub.

Fastest Women’s Crew 2018 and Course Record Holders

Fastest Men’s Crew 2018







Entries are accepted in the following categories:

College Mens 8s:        Mays Divisions M1, 2, 3, 4, 5 + GoR

College Womens 8s:   Mays Divisions W1, 2, 3, 4 + GoR

CRA 8s:                    Championship, Club A, Club B, Novice, Masters, Junior

College crews, please note that your category is the division in which your boat will start in this year’s May bumps (e.g. Trinity Hall women’s first boat will race in the W2 category).

CRA crews, event categories are defined as per criteria set out in CRA winter league races (see the eights head page for full details).


As usual we will be awarding tankards to category winners (if collected at the prize giving these come with a complimentary fill of Milton Brewery beer). The fastest crews will also be awarded the John Stewart (Men’s) or Helen Patterson (Women’s) Trophy. Additionally we will have tankards for Champion Coxes awarded based on lines taken around Ditton corner, and crew awards for the best start as judged plus the opportunity to take home a Magnum of Champagne for the fastest crew that breaks the current course record.

Entries will be accepted though our online entry form

Entries will close at 6pm on Wednesday 16th May.

£8/seat (£64/crew) if payment received on or before Wednesday 16th May

£9/seat (£72/crew) for payments received from Thursday 17th May until the morning of the race.

Any queries, please contact the event organiser Jen Bromley:



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CCJSH 2018 – Cancelled

It is with heavy heart  that the event committee have come to the decision to cancel Sunday’s event in its entirety due to the forecast conditions.

The forecast hasn’t changed enough for racing to be safely possible. We will be expecting a strong flow on the river due to recent rainfall, coupled with a strong, gusting wind in the opposite direction which will lead to white horses on the more exposed parts of the course. Add this to the low temperatures with additional wind chill and likely snow which will make conditions on the bank difficult at the landing stages and on the towpath, we feel that the risk to competitor’s and coaches safety is too high to proceed.

We will be issuing refunds minus a 10% levy which we are keeping to cover event overheads that we cannot recoup (equipment hire, facilities hire and first aid cover).

If you are yet to pay your race fee, please do so for 10% of your entries.

Thank you for your understanding, the 2019 event is scheduled for Sunday March 10th and we hope that you will all be able to join us then.

Jen, Sam & Carole

CCJSH 2018 Event Committee

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Eights Head Photos Available!

Thanks to all 116 crews that raced on Sunday 21st May. Those of you who were eagle-eyed may have noticed that we had photographers at the start and at the railway bridge. Details of how to view and get (free!) high resolution versions of the images can be found on the Eights Head page.

We hope to see you all for the next edition of the race on 20th May 2018


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Champs Eights Head Booking now open

The Champs Eights Head will take place on Sunday 21st May 2017

Division times 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm & 3:00pm

Go to the Champs Eights Head page for more information and to Enter.

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Junior Sculling Head – 19th March 2017

For one last time due to the (almost finished!) redevelopment of race HQ, the Junior Sculling Head will be a CRA event. For more details and entry forms, visit the CCJSH page.

Entries are open via our online entry system and will close on Monday 13th March. Any enquires should be directed to

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Pots for this year’s inductees in IM3

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 race2016_01_10_im3-winnersd 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.
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Successes for Champs RC Sculling + Sweep Rowing crews in the Rob Roy Small Boats Head, 01/10/16.

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).


Louise Affleck

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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.



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.


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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