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Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas Holiday Training

Everyone has been e-mailed a timetable of sessions that will be run by Will and Greg over the holidays. Please aim to get to at least four of these if you can and keep up a bit of training on your own!
And of course... have a Merry Christmas

Monday, 13 December 2010

Walton Small Boats Head

This weekend saw our last race of the term, Walton Small Boats. This was a great event for participation, with 35 scullers racing in 24 boats.
Although their was a lack of wins at this event, many participants still achieved some great results, including;
- Richard Clarke, who came a very close 2nd in J17 singles
- Isaac Jarratt-Barnham who came 2nd in J15 Singles
- Jack Claydon and Joel Nulson coming 2nd in J18 Doubles (A fantastic result for their first race together)
- Harris Robinson and Tom Hodson who also achieved 2nd in J14 doubles.
Mentions should also go to; Charlie Harrisson and Guy Thompson, Elliot Salmon and Jonothan Williams, Jack Pearce, Michael Morris and Shane Dunne, Sam McArdle and Nathan Holt, Sahib Sidhu and Neil Patel. All of whom achieved top 5 placings in their categories.
Well done to all who raced, with a well earned break and lots of training over this holiday we all look forward to another successful term in Spring.

Full results for Walton Small Boats Head can be found here:

Friday, 3 December 2010

Training on the weekend of 03/04 of December

There is no training this weekend, on water OR on land as the school site is closed! Please do not turn up!
Please, also, do not take this as a day off : Do a 20/30 minute ergo if you can or a 40 min. full body circuit if you don't have access to an ergo!
Please spread this to everyone possible.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Fours head

The Tiffin quad including Jack Claydon, Greg Street, Jonathan Williams and Joel Nulsen came 25th in their category, however were disqualified for an undeclared substitute which Tiffin are currently appealing. Richard Clarke in a Tideway/Stowe/Tiffin composite came 5th, only 0.6 seconds behind Yarm in 4th place, a very respectable position.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Head season

Provisional timetable of races for November:

6th - Teddington head
14th - Fours head
Down on the Tideway, crews race 7k from Chiswick bridge to Putney. This year Tiffin have entered a Junior 4x in a category with a phenomenal 41 entries, the quad includes Jack Claydon, Greg Street, Aaron Moran (injured) and Joel Nulsen. Richard Clarke is entering a composite quad of Tideway Scullers/Tiffin Sch/Stowe. Both crews are hoping for a respectable position.
20th - Kingston small boats head/ GB trials in Boston
Kingston has a wide range of junior entries where Tiffin try as hard as possible to win as many pots as possible, whilst hopefully beating their times at Teddington. Meanwhile Richard Clarke and Tim Livingstone will be racing in Boston in singles in the 2nd stage of GB Junior trials.
27th - Hampton small boats head
A junior event which proved highly prestigious last year with over 100 entries in J16 singles alone. It's a good chance to see how crews fair against scullers coming back from GB trials the week before.

Teddington Head

The first race of the season for Tiffin scullers was Teddington head on 6th November where Tiffin swept up 7 wins across the two divisions, setting us up very nicely for a good season. This goes to show how much effort everyone put in over training camp and how it has paid off.

Wins came courtesy of Nathan & Sam in J18 doubles, beating Charles & Josh for the pot. George & Johno raced IM3 double to beat Tiffin associates. J14 double of Harris and Tom won their category by a long way, overtaking 6 crews on the way down. In the singles, Richard won J18 category by over a minute to be the fastest sculler of the day. Ed won his J16 category by a long margin with a very good time clocking under 20 minutes. Both J15 singles posted very respectable times and this race gave Isaac the win over quad companion Jack P. Darcey raced well with a time of 23.40 obviously everyone was scared off as she was the only competitor in her category.

Well done to Will, Dairui and Guy who all posted times within 5 seconds of each other, proving good competition. Just behind them was the J15 girls double and just behind them was Seb and Jack B in their double. Also well done to the other J15 double of Jack H and Elias who came second to an on form Kingston double.

Everyone put in a good performance and set a time to beat in 2 weeks time when they will row the same course at Kingston small boats head.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Waitrose 'local good causes' scheme

Tiffin Boat Club is one of the 3 'local good causes' in Waitrose, Kingston for the month of September. This means at the checkout you will get a green token which you then place in the box of the cause you wish to support (obviously Tiffin Schools Boat Club). Then the more tokens the cause gets in relation to the other causes, the bigger percentage of the £1000 monthly donation we receive. Hopefully meaning we will be able to get the landing stage!
So if you're shopping in Waitrose Kingston in September if you wouldn't mind dropping the token in the Tiffin box it would be much appreciated, Thank you.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

I thought I'd make a general notice covering some rowing terminology for parents as mine are still muddling up doubles and pairs.

The age group comes first and it's predominantly done in school years. the number is the maximum age of the rower in that year so someone may be 14 yet rowing as a J15 as they are in year 10.
J14 - year 9
J15 - year 10
J16 - year 11
J17 - lower sixth
J18 - upper sixth
Most of the time they will merge lower and upper sixth together under the category J which stands for Junior. Anyone can row in a category above them (i.e. a J14 rowing as J16) but you're not allowed to go down a year.

If entered at adult level a points system occurs making things harder. One win at adult level (not a J category) and it is one point. 1 pot, 1 point.
N - Novice - you cannot enter with 1 point
IM3 - Intermediate 3 - you cannot enter with 3 points
IM2 - Intermediate 2 - you cannot enter with 5 points
IM2 - Intermediate 1 - you cannot enter with 7 points
S - Senior - you cannot enter with 10 points
E - Elite - no limit

Here's a summery of the boat types and their respective symbols:













Coxed quad

Coxless quad

Coxless four

Coxed four

Eight (always coxed)

Octo (always coxed)

I hope this helps with understand what boats have been entered

House Regatta

As of every year with house regatta there was a a great spirit on a hot day. This house regatta had a few changes involved. This year saw girls involved in house regatta. It also saw J12s involved in their own division over a division racing over 250m. I apologise if I am seen to be taking sides as my house is the magnificent Scott.

We always talk about how great the integration with the girls school has been this year but to really show it within the boatclub the first girls pot EVER was handed out this year to Anna Porteous. Coxing the Senior quad winners, Scott, to a great win. This victory also marked the end of a 5 year domination for George and (big) Jonny for Scott in the quads category, as they are leaving this year they got the victory they deserved, which continued into the Senior singles, Jonny winning the 'A' category, and George winning the 'B'. However I realise it would be a little unfair just to mention the winners. Myles, always a great laugh, turned up to beat Daniel Teh in the first round and came 2nd to Jonny in the Final. Third place in that race was Mo Farwana, which in all honesty no one expected, we hope Mo will continue his rowing into sixth form. The 'B' event saw Sam McArdle beat Joel Nulsen for 2nd position, proving that it'll be tough competition at the start of next year.

To the Juniors. Where the quads raced with great skill in the final for Scott to just pip Raleigh. The junior singles was won by Ed Hale of Scott. Although the battle for second place saw Elliot Salmon come from behind after his trademark "my start wasn't very good" and beat Sahib to the line by a whisker. This again will provide an excellent challenge to form crews next year. The 'B' category was won by Raleigh, Charlie Harrison. The J15s have a great squad moving into next year where the game really steps up.


The end of house regatta saw Captain of boats announced which will not be easy for the coming year. However I believe that the right man has been chosen in the form of GREG STREET, well done

Kingston Regatta

A huge thank you to the mass support Tiffin received on both days. As I reached the enclosure and the shouting began it gave me the boost I needed to sprint the final 250m. If this continues into next year the crews will be delighted. Everybody gains confidence when they hear support for them.

As a brief round up to the weekend, Tiffin won three events, J12 doubles, J18 singles and J15+ quads so well done to those who gained a pot (in total 2 more victories than KGS).

Well done to all of the crews racing, there are too many to name and out of fear of forgetting one I won't list. We achieved countless wins in the heats and semis to reach the final many times only to be knocked out by a narrow margin. The unfortunate people who experienced this were; Anna in the WJ15 singles, Ed in the J15 singles, the other J12 double, Richard in the IM3 singles and the J14 A quad of Isaac, Jack P, Elias and Jack H, coxed by Thadius. These were absolutely fantastic results for many crews that have not raced much and so all should be proud!

My special mention goes to the J14 girls who raced. I was pleased to be able to cheer on the first J14 Tiffin girls doubles who rowed extremely well and I think that if they continue as they are, a win next year is almost definite. Huge congratulations to Gillian and Anika, Beni and Darcey for their great efforts and training recently. They shouldn’t be the only ones next year so hopefully we’ll have lots of girl crews racing at Kingston Regatta for the Tiffin Schools Boat Club!

To conclude, a massive well done to all people that raced; all winners, finalists and those that didn’t reach that far. It was a great 2 days with fantastic support from friends, parents and members of the club. Let’s keep up the good work going into the winter season and see how many pots we can add to our collections!!!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Henley Royal Regatta

This event is the pinnacle of the year, with the best crews internationally competing for a title in the historic event. Tiffin participated in the quad divisions this year. Entering the senior quad in the Prince of Wales, for university and club crews. Also entering the school boys quad in Fawley, for under 19s into the qualifiers, held the Friday before the regatta begins.

Both crews are relatively new together but all hopes were high during training. The Senior quad had to be within the top 5 of the 15 wanting to qualify. After an intense 2112m race, they were 2 seconds off the pace and finished 9th in an event eventually won by Leander. The junior quad had their work cut out as 9 qualified out of 41. Unfortunately they were up against huge crews who had been together for the year, where as we were in our 2nd week of training together. A brave effort put them 29th. With a crew that can enter again next year.

Everyone had a great time watching and we hope that we can qualify next year as the regatta itself is a spectacle.

Monday, 21 June 2010

The Senior composite quad of James Hanson, George Nottidge, Michael Hannaford & Chris Ellam won Senior quad sculls at Marlow this weekend - they led from the start and completed the course in a time of 3.02.99 - well done boys!

Meanwhile this Friday is Henley qualifiers and TSBC has the Prince of Wales quad entered (as above) plus a Fawley Challenge quad consisting of Joel Nulson, Greg Street, Richard Clarke & Johnny Williams. That's 4 days to qualifiers and counting!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Met And Marlow

A composite crew of Tiffin/Henley/Kingston raced in Elite and Senior Quads on both days of the Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney Lake last week. They did not make it through the semis of Elite on either day, suffering with the pace caused by the older senior crews, racing a TSS boat in their sunday semi-final containing ex-Olympians and Boat race stars.

The crew did however finish a creditable 4th in Senior Quads on Sunday, putting together their best row of the weekend. The crew of Michael Hannaford, James Hanson, Chris Ellam and George Nottidge will race next at Marlow Regatta, again at Dorney, this weekend.

Barnes and Mortlake regatta

On Saturday we approached the middle of the Tiffin Boat Club regatta campaign. Barnes and Mortlake. Held on the same stretch as Chiswick regatta, crews raced hard over 1000m with the stream with the chance to win a pint tankard.

The J14s are looking to be a huge prospect of the future thanks to their dedication and their coaching under Jonathan Williams. They picked up a win in their B quad, showing that Westminster can in fact be beaten! Their A quad showed a lot of endurance when their final was called a dead heat they rowed back to the start and raced a strong Dulwich crew for a second time, and although it looked too close to call gain, unfortunately the win went Dulwich's way. And not to be forgotten, Jack, for bravely taking on the tideway in his single but unfortunately not managing to make it through.

The J15 singles look to be getting better as Elliot won his first race and almost made the final in a closely fought race. Unlucky to Ben and commiserations to Declan who battled and lost to a giant. The J15 quad made up of Guy, Neil, Anna, Sahib and Aaron coxing beat 2 London Oratory quads to win their division, just proving the standard the whole crew is at and the success for Anna continued in her single, winning another pot.

The J16s have had a successful regatta season so far with and this continued. The double of Will and Dai Rui beat Globe in the semi and met Matt and Daniel in a Tiffin vs Tiffin final. No one on the side could call it but The judge's verdict was 3 feet to Will and Dai Rui, winning their first pots. Richard proved a point that brute power can still win a race at J16 level, clocking in at rate 22 in his straight final. Making a total of 14 pots and 5 wins for Tiffin out of 8. Well done!

Friday, 4 June 2010

World Class Start

Anna Porteous has been selected to take part in Great Britain's World Class Start program at Molesy Boat Club. The world class start program is a talent ID program with lottery funding, aiming to identify and develop future olympians.

3 female Olympians in Beijing came through the program, and more featured in the 2009 world championships and recent Bled world cup events. No pressure Anna!

National Schools

Thanks to everyone for their efforts over the 3 days of National Schools whether it be in competing, supporting or driving - all much appreciated!
I have attached a file which gives details of each of the events in which Tiffin were represented, qualifying times, semi times and final times.  You will see from this that there are some real peculiarities in terms of heat times v semi times and in some cases final times and particularly on the last day - the impact of the extreme cross head wind is evident.

  • The j14's beat Dulwich, Kings Canterbury, Bedford Modern & Kings Wimbledon, but while they did not qualify for the next round will be hopeful of doing better next year.
  • Anna's competed in girls singles, the first Tiffin girl to represent the school at the championships. 
  • After all of 3 weeks in a single Eds qualification in J15 singles was impressive, making the semi-finals.
  • The J16 quad came 6th out of 12 qualifiers in what everyone agrees was not their best performance, and will travel back to Nottingham for the GB vs France race off.
  • J15 quad had one of their best rows, against what were described as "scarily big" opposition, and will hope for a growth spurt in-between now and next may!
  • Richards J16 single qualified whilst under rating most other competitors........he then became a victim of the extreme cross head wind.
  • Champ quads  - qualified with three J17's in the boat, though the cross head and some classy opposition made staying in the race a tall order.

Jon leading his semi-final entering the regatta enclosure
  • The final sculler of the day was Jonathan in Champ 1x, probably the hardest event at the regatta. He raced very well in the time trial and then won his semi to reach the final which was stacked with scullers who were in previous GB teams and certainly will be in this year's team. In the final the first four scullers were within four seconds of each other in an excellent race. Jonathan was disappointed not to win, but this was a great fighting result in the last five hundred metres and he collects an excellent bronze medal. 
  • Myles, racing for Molesy Boat Club, earned a silver medal in Championship 2- being rolled over in the last 500m by an excellent pair from Maidenhead.

    Tuesday, 25 May 2010

    National Schools


    Friday racing
    Saturday racing
    Sunday racing

    J15 1x
    J16 4x-
    J18 4x-



    WJ15 1x


    J14 4X+
    Championships 1x
    J15 4x+






    Jack Hawkins
    Johnny (no Accommodation)

    Cox Umrigar

    Cox Arran

    J16 1x


    Sunday, 23 May 2010

    Thames Ditton Regatta

    Tiffin saw a number of crews race the 1000m upstream course of Thames Ditton on 15th May. It was great to see so much support for the boat club all throughout the day, helping keep spirits high. This is an event that Tiffin compete highly in every year, and this year was no exception.

    Special mentions go to Geroge Nottidge, for winning the Novice singles fairly comfortably. And also for winning the Junior doubles with Jonathan Williams, narrowly beating the second double of Aaron and Greg in a Tiffin Vs Tiffin final.

    The J15s put out a number of singles, all competing and racing well through the rough conditions. Neil, Elliot, Ben, Ed and Charlie all put in their best efforts and Ed raced well to get to the semis putting in an extra spurt only to lose out by 1.75L.

    The J14 quad reached the 'A' final of their event winning their first race easily. They then went on to race the final after Isaac and Jack competed in the singles as well.

    The J16 four lost to a highly competitive KGS four on their stretch of river. The quad from the same year won their semi comfortably with a fantastic time, but couldn't hold their form for the final. Richard raced in the singles losing out to his pairs partner in the semis. Overall good preparation for National Schools on 28th.

    A thank you to all those who raced and supported making the day go smoothly, we hope to see you all in regattas to come.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    Thames Ditton

    Draw here.

    Tiffin crews in:
    • J18 2x (two crews)
    • J16 4x- 
    • J16 4+
    • J16 1x
    • J15 1x (five crews)
    • J14 4x+
    • J14 1x (three crews)
    • Nov. 1x

    Thursday, 6 May 2010


    Nathan, Richard, Jack and Joel
    J16 4x-

    Chiswick Regatta

    A very big well done to everyone for the effort put in on Saturday at Chiswick. The overall performance was undoubtedly an improvement on last year and bodes well for the rest of the summer season. 
    Congratulations to the winners, namely:
    • Eddie (IM3),
    • Richard (J16 1x)
    • J16 quad (Nathan, Jack, Richard & Joel)......
    Also a very big well done to all competitors who performed outstandingly well in the heats against some strong opposition. 
    • The J17 double of Greg & Arran competing at J18 against some larger than life opposition & coming 2nd
    • The J16 double of Will & Dai Rui who looked very competitive post Bosbaan
    • The novice double of George and Eddie who will be racing at IM3 at Thames Ditton!
    • Johnnie Williams the younger, again putting in a strong performance in his single at J18 whilst still a J17
    • The 3 J15 scullers of Ed Hale, Ben Whitfield and Elliot Salmon who all showed a competitive attitude delt with the tough conditions at the end of the day to perform well in the heats, especially Ed who made it through to the final and came second
    • Last but by no means least, the 2 J14 quads who effectively went out as scratch given illness and put in fight whilst having a big learning experience.
    Finaly please thank all parents and supporters who came along to watch - their support was much appreciated.


    Regatta Calendar

    • SAT 15 MAY                                      THAMES DITTON
    • SAT 12 JUN - SUN 13 JUN               READING AMATEUR
    • FRI 25 JUN                                         HRR QUALIFIERS (PM)
    • SAT 10 JUL                                        KINGSTON TOWN
    • SUN 11 JUL                                       KINGSTON BOROUGH
    • SAT 17 JUL                                        MOLESEY
    • SUN 18 JUL                                       MOLESEY VET&JUNIOR
    • MON 19 JUL                                      HOUSE REGATTA

    Sunday, 21 March 2010


    It's been a crowded few weeks for the Boat Club, but we seem to have made it through with out any major scares (Shahrukh's trip to dove pier below Hammersmith bridge non-withstanding!). The Schools Head, National Junior Sculling Head, NJIRC and Kingston Head have rounded out an extremely busy winter racing season, and I think for now everyone is glad!

    Results at the Schools Head and National Junior Sculling Head were mixed. The senior squad, hampered by illness and injury, lined up with two completely different scratch crews at the back-to-back events. The juniors had better luck, with good results for the J15 boys and girls and a promising 6th from a below strength J16 quad!

    Tiffins first entry to the Nat' Junior Indoor Rowing Champs' at Battersea was also a success. Richard Clarke (J16) and Tim Livingston (J14) picked up bronze medals, while Jon Williams pulled an incredible 6.19 2K to take silver in the J18 event. Tiffin Girls also turned out in force, with 7 (?) entrants.

    Kingston Head yesterday proved a fitting end to a turbulent winter however, with the J18 4x (Jonathan, Arran, Josh, Greg) winning their event! The "experimental" J16 8+ put out it's first ever race against tough opposition, and can only get better. To round it off, a time only crew 4x consisting of George, Alex, James H and Michael H won the second division by a convincing 40 second margin, prompting the succinct conclusion from the line judge of; "bl**dy hell!" Altogether, strong rowing from all boys and girls, and thanks to everyone who has turned out over the last few months to race, support or coach. We can't do it without you!

    Anna Porteous meets Olympian and ex-Tiffin Girl Sarah Winckless and the J16 8+ race through Kingston Bridge

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    Car Boot Sale + Quiz 2010

    We had the first car boot sale on the school grounds on Saturday, making just over £1000 for the club! A massive thanks to all the teachers, parents and boys who turned up and did such a fantastic job at a crucial fundraising event. The next car boot sale is on Easter Sunday, and we can hope to make more money considering Saturday's sale was marred by rain.

    Also, the TSBC quiz is on the 26th of March so keep that date free. 

    That's all for now.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    Rupert Price

    I have just begun my second term of rowing at Robinson College Cambridge. I have already built up a reputation as 'the best rower in college' and 'making everyone else look bad'. Putting aside the fact that the majority of my team-mates only took up the sport 4 months ago, it is safe to assume that the experience I gained from my rowing at Tiffin has put me in good stead!

    In recent years the College has not taken much silverware. This year, however things are looking to change. Along with my experience we have one of the lightweight coaches in our boat as well as a Canadian third year exchange who has experience and enthusiasm. 

    Because of the narrowness of the river Cam the traditional races between colleges at the University are "bumps",   multiple "head" style races taking place over 4 consecutive days, where the only aim is to catch the preceding crew. If you achieve the "bump", you take that crews place in the starting order the next day, hoping to get to the "head" of the race.

    The goal at the moment is to achieve 'blades' at the bumps racing at the end of both this term and the next. This means 'bumping' or overtaking a crew on each of the 4 days of racing.

    Aside from racing, one of the great aspects of College Rowing is the social side. I now have several friends in second and third years, even a few postgraduates. Friends I wouldn't have, had I not been rowing. The balance between work and trainings has also been fine. I managed to get a first in our end of term test and have managed to keep on top of things all term long. I think rowing at Tiffin provided me with the organization skills necessary to make this possible.

    Rupert Price
    CoB 2009

    Rupert (Bow), Nick Edwards (2) and Chizzle Harrison (Cox)
    vs. Kingston Grammar School 2008