Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Head of the River winners

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) Novice Men and Women Crews: Backrow (L to R): Dominic Warren, Lee, Brewster, Nathan Goodman, Tim Primmer, Jackie Marie, Kasia Wroblewska, Isabelle Meron, Hana Fegutova, Adela Williams, Francesca Streeter, Louise Martin. Front Row (L to R): Jonathan Geitner, Jay Sitaraman, Sophie Mandler, Michael Gatzoulis, Ian Koh (cox), Andy Sharp.

Two teams win their categories

Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Men (TTRC) and Women VIII’s crews each won their categories at this year’s Masters Head of the River Race on Sunday 19 March.

The Head of the River is one of the biggest fixtures in the rowing calendar, with over 200 teams taking part in 30 categories, including interntional teams.

The length of the course is the same as The Boat Race (about 7km), but in the opposite direction, from Chiswick Bridge to Putney Bridge. The whole event takes about an hour and a half.

Winners in the Women’s Masters Novice category

The TTRC Women’s crew, coached and coxed by Michael Tchoubouroff won the Masters Novice category.

The women, who live locally around Chiswick were: Louise Martin, Francesca Streeter, Jackie Marie, Isabelle Meron, Kasia Wroblewska, Hana Fegutova, Adela Williams and Sophie Mandler.

“The ladies settled in extremely well and rowed the race at a consistently high rate” said Isabelle Meron, the Ladies Captain.

“The boat felt really good throughout the race, everyone in the boat performed magnificently, it felt like the boat was hovering above water”.

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Novice Women crew in action (L to R): Michael Tchoubouroff (cox), Louise Martin, Francesca Streeter, Jackie Marie, Isabelle Meron, Kasia Wroblewska, Hana Fegutova, Adela Williams, Sophie Mandler  

Winners in the Men’s Masters C category

The TTRC Men’s Masters C crew, a composite team with some members from Guildford Rowing Club, won their race in a highly competitive category consisting of crews from the Netherlands, France and Italy as well as some local crews.

The crew was coxed by TTRC veteran Alan Sherman (Woody) and the local men in the crew were Luke Howard, Dave Bulmer, Tom Jack and Adrian Elliott.

Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club had two other VIII crews in the race: the Novice Masters Men and the Masters G crew, a composite crew with local club Mortlake Anglian and Alpha Boat Club, who came a respectable fourth in their category.

Club Chairman, Nigel Brophy said:

“To see so many of our members competing in the Head of the River Race is a magnificent achievement. The club is rapidly growing, thanks to our fantastic Learn To Row courses and to see our crews win at such prestigious events is a lovely, lovely sight to behold.”

The club is celebrating its 125th year this year, having been set up in 1897. It was particularly successful in the 1980s, with Olympic medallists Steve Redgrave and James Cracknell rowing for the club.

They are currently rowing out of the University of London boathouse off Hartington Rd.

Images above: Thames Tradesmen Chairman and coach Nigel Brophy; Coach Nicky; Coach Woody

Learn to row

The next Learn to Row course starts in mid April 2023 and anyone interested in ‘giving it a go’ should email their details to

Image above: Thames Tradesmen rowing club

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