Thames Tradesmen win Bronze at Master’s Head of the River race

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Men’s Master C Crew (L to R): Ben Soren, Paul Arnold, Manu Pezier, Tom Jack, Kim Williams, Ben Hopgood, Woody (cox), Dan Wood, Dave Bulmer

Guest blog by Nigel Brophy

What: 2024 Masters Head of the River Race

When: Sunday March 24

Where: River Thames Tideway. From Chiswick Bridge to Putney Bridge

Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) Men’s VIII crew came a respectable third in their category in this year’s Masters Head of the River Race on Sunday (24 March).

The Master’s Head of the River Race is rowed annually in March, the day after the Head of the River Race, which is open for elite crews/rowers from all around the world. The Master’s Head of the River race is open to ‘Master’ rowers who are aged over 27 years.  There were 260 boats competing this year which rowed in 25 categories.

The length of the course is the same as The Boat Race but in the opposite direction; from Chiswick Bridge to Putney Bridge (c. 7km long). The race started at 15.45 as the high tide only occurred at this time this year. Thankfully the sun was shining but the wind was quite strong and difficult in keeping the boats away from the bank before the start of the race.

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Novice Men in action (L to R): Nicolas Sobaszek (cox), Nathan Goodman, Jonathan Geitner, Tim Primmer, Nigel Brophy, Eddie Gillead, Mich Gatzoulis, Jay Sitaraman, Zak Keene

The TTRC Novice Men’s crew, coached by Michael Tchoubouroff came third in the Open Novice Category, just 3 seconds behind Dart Totnes ARC from Devon. The crews’ time was 1 minute and 1 second faster than their previous time in 2023.

The TTRC Men’s Captain Nathan Goodman said:

“We are making great progress in our technique and speed, special thanks goes out to the great coaching we got from Michael and club veteran member Paul Arnold in giving us great advice and fitness programmes throughout the year. And of course the crew, who gave it their all today, they were awesome. We’re really going from strength to strength.”

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Crew (l to R): Michael Gatzoulis, Jay Sitaraman, Tim Primmer, Zak Keene, Nicolas Sobaszek (cox), Eddie Gillead, Nathan Goodman, Jonathan Geitner, Nigel Brophy

The TTRC Master’s Men’s Crew, which was a composite with some members from Guildford Rowing Club, came fifth in the C Category (Rowers aged 43-49 years). Just three seconds behind a crew from The Netherlands. They were very happy with their performance and managed to overtake three crews.

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Women (L to R): Louise Martin, Barbara Kielim, Jacqui Sutherland, Jackie Marie, Sue Holland, Hana Fegutova, Lisa Colles, Kasia Wroblewska and Michael Tchoubouroff (cox)

The TTRC Women’s Crew came a respectable eleventh out of seventeen crews in a highly competitive Women’s Masters D Category (aged 50-55). Their time was 27 seconds faster than their previous year’s performance.  The Ladies Captain said ‘We are very pleased in how we rowed today, the boat felt good throughout the race.’

All three crews said the paddle back from Putney Bridge to University London Boathouse, which is beyond Chiswick Bridge, was very long and very painful!

It’s great to see so many of our members competing in this prestigious event. The club is in a great place, rapidly growing, thanks to our fantastic Learn To Row courses.

The next Learn to Row course starts in mid May 2024 and anyone interested in ‘giving it a go’ should go on their website (see below) and complete the LTR form.

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