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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.