Sons AGM and Beer Tasting

Those who attended the AGM enjoyed Will's presentation on the Men of Oar transatlantic row and tasted a selection of Fullers bottled ales for export.  The beers were an interesting range including a 1904 recipe that I didn't much enjoy, a 1981 ESB that reminded me of old times and an Imperial Stout with a staggering 8.6% alcohol content.  The least surprising aspect of the presentation on the 3000 mile row was that the crew committed to the venture in the pub after a couple of beers too many.  All rowers have made that mistake but seldom so badly.

Will and his crew are supporting a couple of deserving charities: Combat Stress and Bowel Cancer UK.  You can donate at Atlantic Men of Oar's fundraising page .

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Bruce Maclachlan
Hammersmith Regatta

Congratulations to the W.4x and M.MasA.2x on wins at Hammersmith Regatta on Saturday.

Pat, Vee, Mel and Georgie showed good cohesion and sharpness in the Womens quad final despite the early stage of the season.  They forced Auriol Kensington into an error on the Harrods bend and then cantered home easily.  Mirko and Tomaso looked powerful in the Mens Masters A double and were never challenged by Fulham Reach.  A good start to racing for the summer.

Bruce Maclachlan
The Capsize Drill

With the Sons crews heading to warmer waters for rowing camp, it's time to do the capsize drill and learn how to get yourself back in the boat ... or find out how hard it is to do. 

Racing Starts

With the regatta season fast approaching its time to get some racing starts in.

Two Races Two Pots

With the start of Regatta season, Sons Ladies have been working extra hard on their starts and short fast pieces. A grueling rowing camp over Easter left us all a little worse for wear and blistered. Putting our newly refined skills to the test at Hammersmith Amateur Regatta we entered a coxed four and an eight, many of us rowing in both boats. With three heats for the 4+ and two for the 8+ we had a total of 5 races! Rowing against Team Kean, Kings College Wimbledon and Putney Town, we managed to walk through all the heats! Winning not only one, but two of our races! Two boats, tow pots (the winning trophy) Needless to say, we are all pretty stoked!

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Dewar Shield 11 February 2018

Congratulations to our local rivals Auriol Kensington on winning the Dewar Shield 2018, and thanks to Furnivall for running it.

The three clubs fielded 18 eights, which was an achievement in itself. [Ed: It also explains the lack of a photo: our cameraman was required as a last-minute substitute.] Conditions were fast with times for the Mortlake to Hammersmith course ranging from 11:14 to 11:47.  AK Womens 1 were the most impressive crew finishing 4th overall. The Sons senior crews achieved respectable times but our best performances came from the Veteran and Novice crews. The event will help everyone involved to prepare for the forthcoming Head Races.

Quintin Head Race - A Novice Perspective

Despite our race initiation taking place back in the Autumn at Henley, the Quintin Head Race still held many firsts for the Novice crews. Our first Tideway head. Our first experience of a large-scale race (and marshalling). Our first race in Winter and all the cold, rain, wind and waves that come with that. And, most importantly (& startlingly) the first for many in Lycra! 

In short, few of us knew what to expect, except that the 4.8k would likely feel a great deal longer on race day than it did during weekend training sessions. On this, we were proved correct. 

With support from senior members of the Club, the Men’s crew were entered in IM3 and the Ladies’ crew became a mixed boat. This meant we were competing against a rather different set of rowers, many with more experience – even if they did still need ID to buy a pint. 

 As our first Tideway Head, this was always targeted as a learning experience: a chance for us to test out our technique with added pace and show the coaching team our progress and where we need to focus our development plans as a team. For the crews, we gained valuable experience and confidence as we look ahead to WHORR and HORR in March. So a positive day all round.

 Following a tough day of racing we had one more first…the benefit of the club house bar after a Tideway Head Race  

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Sons Through the Years

Wrapping up the year at Christmas always makes us think of all the fantastic people we have had rowing at Sons. Here is a short reel of some of these lovely people. 

* * MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR * *

Scullers Head 2 December 2017

Six of the Sons Mens Masters entered the Scullers Head this year.  This has been one of the toughest events in the rowing calendar since it was rescheduled from April to December.  The 2017 race was no exception.  Early starters had little help from a slack flood tide over the course from the Mile Post to Chiswick Staithe.  Later starters had to endure a numbingly cold wait before racing and were still showing the effects as they passed Sons.  Congratulations to Mirko for finishing first and fastest of the Sons scullers in a time of 19m44s.  And also to Pete, Greg, Dave, Tim and Bruno for rising to the challenge:  four miles flat out in a single is very demanding both mentally and physically.