• Adult Learn to Row Course 2017

    Ever wanted to Learn to Row? We run a Learn to Row course for adults every year at the start of our season, to offer a taster of our sport and to provide opportunities to join our club. 

    Why learn to row? 

    Rowing is a great team sport for men and women of all ages. It is an ourdoor sport that offers a full body work out and no expensive equipment is required. A desire to learn a new challenge and a willingness to be outside in a little rain is all that is required!

    • Our club rows on one of the longest and calmest stretches of the Thames between Hampton Court and Teddington Lock, with some beautiful scenery.
    • We have a history of notable International Representation.
    • We have boats specifically tailored to beginners.
    • A team of experienced coaches and rowers will lead the course.
    The course is designed for people who have never rowed before so no previous experience is necessary, but if you rowed many years ago and need a refresher this also works!
  • Women's Eights Head, 5th March 2016

    KRC had one full crew entered into the race and two other KRC women rowed in composite crews. The senior women's squad targeted the novice (club) category this year, in part due to the composition of the squad but also due to the decision by the race committee to no longer offer IM3 or IM2 categories. The goal was to come top 3 in the novice (club) category, top 100 in the overall ranking and to beat the Thames RC novice crew, who were 4 seconds faster than us at the Hammersmith Head two weeks prior. We achieved all of these targets:

    • 3rd place out of 23 novice (club) crews in a time of 21:21.6
    • 4th place out of 67 novice (club and academic) categories combined
    • 73rd place overall out of 299
    • 24.3 seconds faster than the Thames RC Novice crew

    All of the hard preparation work paid off with the crew producing their best performance of the season so far. Cox Scott Cockle steered the perfect line from start to finish making sure we had full advantage of the stream, and the girls rowed long and efficiently, maintaining technique throughout the course. Given that we are not a big crew (average 5k time being 21:01 and no one over 5'9" tall) this is an excellent result. 

    We also had representation in two composite crews in Masters events. Birgith Sims rowed with three Dutch ladies and a mixture of women from British clubs in a Masters F crew for Time Only. Megan Addis rowed with our friends at Putney Town RC in a Masters D crew with a time of 22:50.4 (21:54.4 with handicap applied). 

    Novice 8+ Crew Listing: Scott Cockle (cox), Rachael Kugele (Str), Kakay Halle, Kirsty Warner, Henriette Storen, Amy Sims, Julia Dickman, Jo Berry, Holly Walmsley (Bow).

     2016 WeHoRR kingstonrowingclub

  • Hammersmith Head, 20 February 2016

    Five crews raced at the Hammersmith Head on 20 February. 

    Results:

    IM1 8+ - 5th overall, won category
    IM3 8+ - 10th overall, 3rd in category
    MAS E 8+ - 61st overall, 4th in category
    WNOV 8+ - 74th overall, 2nd in category
    WJ14 8x+ - 108th overall, 1st in category (pictured)

    Both senior men's crews had good races and had a good chance to experienced all the conditions the Tideway has to offer. It was great to have both crews come in the top 10 crews, especially a strong result for the 2nd 8+. The 1st 8+ had an encouraging result placing 8 seconds ahead of Molesey's IM1 8+.

    The Junior girls, having come 6th at Hampton Head (after breaking a blade 200m from the finish!) were determined to come out fighting at Hammersmith Head. The crew stormed to the top of their category with a win of almost 1 minute ahead of the 2nd place crew from Emanuel. The girls are now in a confident place as they train hard to come out strong at National School's Regatta later in the year.

    The days racing was invaluable for all crews in the run up to the Head of the River Race, Women's Head of the River and Vets Head of the River next month. 

     

    hammersmith head wj148x win

  • Remenham Challenge, 19 December 2015

    KRC fielded six 8's at the Remenham Challenge. Overall results:

    Men's 1st 8, Intermediate, 5th
    Junior Boys, Intermediate, 13th
    Men's 2nd 8, Intermediate, 17th
    Open Masters Men, 23rd
    Masters Women, 32nd
    Novice Women, 34th

    The senior men's 8's both raced well maintaining good technique and pace. The 1st 8 placed 5th overall and 2nd in Intermediate, 17 seconds off the overall Elite Winners (Thames RC, containing a number of their 2015 winning HRR Thames Cup 8+ and a couple of full internationals on board). The 2nd 8, also racing as intermediate, placed 9th in the division. This was an encouraging overall performance for our young squad

    Our junior boys were the only Junior Status crew entered, so they stepped up to race as Intermediate, against other clubs men's crews. They placed 7th out of 13 and had a solid performance in difficult conditions. The young athletes gained valuable experience of Tideway rowing and Captain and Coach Danny O'Dowd was very pleased with their result. 

    The women's squad entered two crews and came away with excellent results. The masters crew came 2nd (of 3) and the Novices won (of 8) with some efficient rowing in the rough water.  (pictured below)

    Winning crew: R. Kugele (str) / K. Halle / K. Warner / J. Dickman / A. Sims / M. Stalley / L. Long / H. Walmsley (Bow) / R. Brunning (cox)

    remenham challenge novice win

  • Teddington Head, 14 November 2015

    KRC had a successful day's racing at a very wet and windy Teddington Head. The women's squad picked up four wins and the junior women gaining the fifth win of the day, whilst also subbing into one of the senior crews. We also had a number of very close second places with the WJ16 4x-, Mas F 1x and the IM3 8+ (pictured below) all narrowly missing out. The men's squad IM3 8+ had a good race, building experience from Kingston Small Boats Head and a great stepping stone for the main head season. The W IM3 4+ was also the fastest women's 4+ on the day.

    Winning crews:

    W IM3 4+ R. Kugele, Kakay Halle, O. Marshall, C. Willet and Jen Hughes (cox) (pictured below)
    WNov 4x- J. Dickman, K. Warner, M. Stalley, M. Jackson
    WIM2 2x E. Scruby, R. Brunning
    WNov 1x M. Addis
    WJ16 4+M. Jheeta, C. Oliver, U. McNicol, B. Williams, S. Cockle (cox)
     Teddington head Wim34 win
    Womens winning IM3 Coxed Four
  • Kingston Small Boats Head, 31 October 2015

    Kingston dominated the Small Boats Head with an impressive 12 wins and 7 second places. On a day with stunning conditions - flat, still water and bright sunshine - our rowers came out top with more wins than any other club. The success was spread throughout the squads, full results are listed below. A huge thank you needs to go out our team of volunteers who make this event possible.

    Winning crews:
    IM2 4x Head Crew R. Sharratt, A. Bedford, J. MacKinney, M. Zammit
    IM1 4+ B. Handy, H. Bedford-Payne, J. Ciccarelli, J. Marsden, A. Hing (cox) (pictured below)
    IM1 2- B. Handy, H. Bedford-Payne
    IM3 1x J. Burrows
    J18 2- T. Betty/J. Burrows
    J15 1x M. Cramp
    Mas D 4x- N. Bascombe, C. Worthington, T. Povey, M. Fellows
    Mas E/F/G 2x A. Kapica/D. Finlay (QBC)
    Mas F 1x A. Tompkins
    Nov 4+ R. Kugele, K. Halle, A. Sims, H. Storen and J. Hughes (cox)
    W Mas C/D/E 4x- B. Sims, J. Darling (BBL), C. Willett, H. Cook (MAA)
    W MasF/G 2x B. Sims/J. Darling (BBL)
     
    Many of the higher status events had little or no other competition so many of our senior men's crews raced time only. Our IM2 4x were Head Crew with a time of 17.26.  The Senior 4+ (T/O) clocked the 3rd fastest time in Division 2 and the IM1 4+ (T/O) clocked the 2nd fasted time in Division 1.
    Kingston Small Boats 2015 im14 win
  • Barnes & Mortlake Regatta 2015

    “Draaawww…” shouted cox Zara, “… wind, wind, now lengthen…”. We’re off in a 3-way semi-final, pushing away from the grey hulk of Chiswick Bridge. We haven’t started well but the school crew to our left are struggling and a canvas down already. On our right Quintin BC are level with us and rowing neatly. Slowly the crew finds its rhythm, we’re at rate 36, the boat is set level and we’re locking on well at the catch, leveraging our power advantage over the other crews, now pulling away with every stroke. Belief seeps through the crew as we power out to a clear water lead at 600 metres, the heart-warming sight of opposition boats lagging behind. Despite a few late wobbles as we cut through the Tideway chop, we cross the line 2 lengths clear – and into the final!

    Some months earlier a squad had come together: a strong student contingent, some of last year’s novice crew, and a handful of recent Start to Row learners. From a diverse group – comprising various ages, heights, weights, nationalities and occupations – a core emerged who committed to the training. Good results followed – Head race performances gave other KRC crews pause for thought. Despite some personnel changes we had approached the regatta confident and prepared.

    Emmanuel School are our final opponents. We expect a fast start from them but hope our mid race pace will come through. There’s nervous jockeying for position on the line as bow pairs tap it up, finally the umpires are happy. Our start is better than before – a glance across and Emmanuel are a seat up only. This time there are no wobbles, with a pounding rhythm we steadily walk up the opposition boat. The umpires screech a warning for us to hold our line but we’ve got clear water and don’t let go. Coach Adrian shouts from the bank as we wind for the line – we’ve won! Some nervous moments, as the umpires solemnly lecture us on holding line and Emmanuel protest, but to no avail. Back on the bank we de-rig and head back to KRC.

    “3…2…1…go…” Zara flies through the air in a graceful arc, and drops into the water with a satisfying splosh. “Youz *******” she says as we haul her out of the river, and an exhausted but deeply satisfied crew and cox head to the pub in the late afternoon sunshine.

    Charles Jans

    Novice8 BarnesMortlake 2015

  • Walton & Weybridge Regatta - 6th June 2015

    KRC had five crews racing at Walton this year and we came away with one win.

    Walton W A 4x

    Our crews in the W IM3 2x, W Nov 4+ and M Nov 8+ all got knocked out in their heats, although the Men's Nov  8+ had an exciting race losing by only 1 length to the eventual winners and were closer to them than any of the other crews they beat - this bodes well for their next attempt to win their novice pot.

    Emily Baylis, having her first go at Women's Novice 1x clearly scared off most of the opposition as both the other scullers on her side of the draw scratched so she rowed over to get into the final. She lost in the final but had a very encouraging first single sculls race.

    Our winning crews was the Women's Masters A 4x- of Emma Scruby, Sophie Kennedy, Caroline Willett and Rachael Kugele (str) who their final 'Easily' over a Weybridge Ladies crew.

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