2019: The Summer of Pots.

AUGUST 2019. Well that was a busy summer regatta season… and one that has appeared to take up some space in the trophy cabinet. Regatta pots and British Masters Championships Gold seem to be the order of the day at Sons these past few months.

Chiswick Regatta: MAS D/E 4x win; OP 8+ win

Borne @ Chiswick Regatta: W 4x win; Op 8+ win; Op MAS E 4x win; Op MAS E 2x win; Op 4+ win

Putney Town Regatta: MAS E 2x win

British Masters Championships: MAS F 4x GOLD

Barnes and Mortlake Regatta: W 2x win

Kingston Regatta: MAS E 4x win

Richmond Regatta: Op 8+ win; MAS E 4x win.

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Sons on Tour

MARCH 2019. Not content with spending the colder months of the year on the Tideway, a combined Men’s senior and masters’ crew headed to Amsterdam in March to take on the challenge of the Heineken Roeivierkamp, the Heineken Club Quadrathlon or (preferably) simply “The Heineken”… A yearly rowing regatta over four distances on the Amsterdam’s Amstel River.

Escaping London did not mean they escaped weather related regatta delays and cancellations, so after a few days of ERGs replacing water-time, the crew got down to the real business of the weekend: HV8+ Division 3 – 54th in the 2.5km, 65th in the 250m… 65th overall.

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They did it… 1 boat, 4 guys and 3,000 miles

JANUARY 2019. Fuelled with some SONS grit, Men of Oar took on the Talisker Challenge to row the Atlantic. The annual race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua sees 20-30 crews setting off to eat-sleep-row-repeat their way across 3000 nautical miles to Nelson’s Dockyard.

Less people have completed this challenge than those who have climbed Everest or been to space… perhaps it is the daily 20 foot waves or the thought of spending weeks in 8 square meters of floating fibreglass with only the promise of blisters aggravated by salt that doesn’t quite compare… But when faced with the world’s toughest row seeing the shore of Antigua in the distance is reward in itself…

The team made up of Sons own William Theakston, Robin Drysdale, Sam Bolt-Laurence and David Laurence finished in 47 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes…. What a fantastic efforts and for two amazing causes:  Combat Stress and Bowel Cancer UK.  You can still donate at Atlantic Men of Oar's fundraising page .

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Pairs Head 2018

OCTOBER 2018. 6 Sons crew’s braved challenging cold, wet and windy conditions to race Pairs Head on 6th October. Mostly brand new combinations saw the pair of Foden and Thompson record the fastest time 15:39, with the rest putting in some strong performances – especially for those who were significant sculling novices (Ed. It was the Men’s captain’s 6th ever sculling outing!)…

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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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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.

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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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