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Save the AGM date - 31 August

The Annual General Meeting of London Rowing Club will take place on Wednesday 31 August 2016, starting at 7.30 pm.  Notices will be sent to Members before the end of this week.  We encourage as many of you as possible to attend the meeting, and support the Club.


Two more London crews qualify for Henley Royal Regatta

Three crews competed in the qualifying races on Friday 24 June, with both the Thames 'B' crew and Wyfold 'B' crew successful. Unfortunately the Thames 'C' crew just missed out.  A total of six London crews will therefore be racing at Henley Royal Regatta, starting on Wednesday 29 June.

Thames 'B' crew

After a short, sharp pre-race paddle the Thames B crew were ready to race. A strong headwind caused the stream on the usually calm Henley stretch to look more like the Tideway. After a dynamic warm up the crew made their way onto the start between Lea B and London C. The LRC B crew gave a gutsy performance, fighting their way through the tough conditions and spurred on by the Remenham Roar. There were a couple of dodgy strokes but all in all a strong race, and the 8 successfully qualified in the Thames Challenge Cup.

Wyfold 'B' crew

In a field that was undoubtedly one of the toughest in recent years, the Wyfold B crew faced an uphill struggle to qualify for the regatta, not least owing to the strong stream and headwind working against them. It appeared, however, that the rowing gods were looking kindly upon this crew, significantly dropping the headwind, and allowing the boat to set a time that would have been competitive with some of the fastest Thames Cup crews. They qualified for what will be the first Henley Royal Regatta for three of the crew (after two years of failed attempts by the stroke man as well)!

Thames 'C' crew

The crew came so tantalisingly close to pulling off qualification for the Thames Cup (unofficially less than 4 seconds), and gave it a great shot. They set off from the start rating 38 for much of the first minute and settled at 35 rowing into a blustery head wind, one gust less would have made all the difference. Their cox Lucy kept the piece lively and injected pushes and burns at key points along the course until they reached Remenham, where they started the wind in for the finish.  The last push from the Hole in the Wall lifted the rate to 37 and by the finish line the crew had nothing left to give.  It was a respectable result, given how many club’s first crews they beat and they beat the other Masters’ crew in the event from Upper Thames.  And in the battle of the C crews between London RC and Thames RC, London came out on top!




London enter 7 crews for Henley Royal Regatta

LRC has seven boats entered for Henley Royal Regatta this year: five crews from the senior squad are joined by a Masters 8+, and Imogen Walsh sculling in a composite quad with Wallingford in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup. The entries include two coxless fours in the Wyfold Challenge Cup, one coxed four in the Britannia Challenge Cup, and three eights in the Thames Challenge Cup. Three crews are required to take part in the qualifying races on Friday 24 June. These are the Thames 'B' and 'C' crews and the Wyfold 'B' crew. The Regatta starts on 29 June.  Here are some biographical details…

Wyfold ‘A’ Crew

With two returning members of last year’s Wyfold A crew this boat is looking to step on in 2016. A versatile crew, with all members capable of rowing both sides and any seat, the line up for each race is decided on a first come first pick basis. What the Henley line up will be is anyone’s guess…

Dom Parnell

A smaller, more efficient clone of his older brother Nick (who you will soon meet). This fine specimen packs more punch per kilo that any other man on the Tideway. Quiet off the water but a demon on it, Dom likes to let loose when holding onto the shaft. No stranger to the higher rates, his crewmates are often left struggling trying to keep up with his furious pace.

Nick Parnell

The OG Parnell, ‘The Hull Whisperer’.  Rumour is he was conceived and born in a rowing skiff. He was certainly raised in one. Currently making millions coaching the champions of tomorrow and repairing hulls that were once thought impossible to repair and reselling them faster and more expensive than they ever were. You can thank this man for LRC’s new gym.

Matt Reeder

Newcomer of the year goes to LRC’s Matt Reeder.  Doesn’t drink,  doesn’t eat meat, doesn’t eat dairy, doesn’t wear shoes and sleeps under the stars. This man lives how GOD himself intended and as a reward has been gifted the talent of Hull Shifting. Having watched the way he races and finishes a 2k erg, it’s almost as if GOD himself possesses this man… Could this man be the prophecy?

Matt Cummings

Hoping to compete in his first Henley last year, he was hit by a bus weeks before and bound to a wheelchair. After months of rehabilitation and alternative healing techniques he is back and stronger than ever. The only thing slowing this man down is the metal holding him together.

Wyfold ‘B’ Crew

A relatively young crew, formed only two months ago, the Wyfold B crew rapidly found form and proved that they were more than capable of fighting off much bigger opposition. A relatively lightweight crew, they have produced a number of impressive results, making the A final of both IM1 and IM2 4- at Metropolitan Regatta, making the A final of IM2 4- at Marlow Regatta, and winning the B final of IM1 4- at Marlow Regatta rather convincingly. Infamous for their fighting form and small bladders, this looks to be a very promising combination over the course of Henley Royal Regatta.

Bow – Ruairi Corbett

The former Irish junior joined LRC this past winter having taken an extended absence from rowing, but has quickly recovered his technique and fitness, becoming an invaluable member of the crew. In charge of steering the four to victory, he has earned notoriety for his reliability and often incomprehensible Irish accent. If Corbett continues to improve at his current rate, it will not be long before he has a Henley title to his name.

Two – Lucas Vitale

The second stop in the crew’s language barrier, Lucas joined LRC this season following an eight-year break after an illustrious career with the French junior national squad. The technical master has been key to the success of the crew, responsible for the vital race calls in the boat, though these usually take the form of ‘various French noises’. An international man of mystery, Vitale has added a certain class to the four, particularly when urinating in front of marshals at Marlow Regatta.

Three – Paul Crewe

An ex-Oxford lightweight blue, Crewe contributes his years of experience to the boat. Never one to lose his cool under pressure, he is able to consistently produce stellar performances in the four (particularly when racing Cambridge lightweight crews). Despite his on-water focus, when off the water, Paul can most often be found waving to one of his millions of acquaintances fans.

Stroke – Hugo Storey

‘Huge-O’ Storey is the young gun of the crew, with only three years of rowing experience to his name, although he has not let this show in his performances on the water. Ever consistent in his role as stroke, Storey has become known in the boat for his grit and determination, particularly in the sprint for the line. Out of the boat, he is better known for his questionable yet unwavering fashion sense which has earned him much admiration* among the LRC squad.

*(admiration may often take the form of disgust)

Britannia Crew

LRC's entry in the Brit this year is the Party Four (the name "immigrant boat" was apparently already taken). Proud owners of the best banter and most beautiful crew members in LRC besides Matt Cummings, the boat is filled with big ergs, big technical expertise, and even bigger chat. The 4+ has found a lot of speed in recent weeks, winning the B final of Eli4+ at Marlow (coming in as 5th club crew overall) and successfully pre-qualifying for Henley. The crew are looking forward to smashing it down the track and destroying some hopes and dreams.

Stroke: Borja Portos Velasco

At stroke sits the first of our gorgeous Spaniards, Borja, known for his quick legs, angelic looks and kind heart. Borja learned to row 10 years ago at S.D.Santiagotarrak in Irun, northern Spain. He has a string of Spanish National Championships successes under his belt, racing in the single, double and quad variously from 2011 - 2015, taking home gold in the double in 2011. He also earned two silvers in the quad at the Coupe de la Jeunesse 2011. An international man of mystery, he likes to play his cards close to his chest - from matters of the heart to getting his catch in, his approach is the same: maybe he does, maybe he doesn't... With a beautiful accent and killer smile, Borja is innocence personified, but don't be fooled, ladies and gents - lock up your daughters now!

3 seat: Aryan Sheikhalian

At 3 is the baby of the crew, Aryan Sheikhalian, 19, who is currently gap-yearing in Resis before taking up a rowing scholarship at Columbia, NYC, this coming September. Rowing for 6 years, he brings a great deal of schoolboy expertise and adrenaline to the boat (but sadly no longer sports his schoolboy afro). Aryan may or may not have gone to Coupe. No one really knows. He doesn't like to talk about it much. He's also managed to collect an array of silverware over his time, with a silver in Champ Pairs and bronze in First Eights at National Schools, as well as taking 1st place in First Eights at Schools Head. Outside of rowing, he allegedly works as a teaching assistant, but seems to spend most of his time Snapchatting, reminiscing about Canford, and pursuing the lightweight dream at 3am in Maccy Ds.

2 seat: German Pradera Anllo

Our second stunning Spaniard is German - with a name that continues to confound esteemed coach Peter Hardcastle. German began rowing 6 years ago at Real Club Mediterraneo in Malaga, Spain. His notable achievements include silver in the 8+, plus bronze in the 4+ and 4x at Spanish National Championships, as well as gold at the Spanish Coastal Rowing National Champs. He made it to final trials for the Spanish national squad in 2013. This is his 2nd Henley for London, and this year, rather than spending his time getting his hands away off the back, he has preferred to focus his attention on improving LRC's language skills. Mission successfully achieved. In his free time, you can find German roaming the Tideway under the pretence of coaching, cooking up a storm in the Resis kitchen, and shopping for tops with ever-decreasing necklines to show off his bulging biceps and pecs.

Bow: Dylan Wing

At bow we have yet another foreigner, Dylan Wing. Bringing 10 years' experience to the boat, he learned his craft at The Peterborough Rowing Club in Ontario, Canada, then later rowed for Laurentian University and Trent University, both in Ontario, Canada. Dylan likes to claim he's "done stuff" by winning Henley three times before, but it turns out it was Canadian Henley, so that doesn't count. He took home the gold in U23 2x and U23 4x in 2012, and the Sen 4x in 2013. Some would say he's a bit of a big deal. As a teacher, he spends his days shaping the minds of the next generation, teaching them important life skills like rapping to Drake. Besides rowing, he enjoys collecting Tinder matches, refusing to acknowledge his Yankee heritage, and talking about sports that are irrelevant in England.

Cox: Pippy Wiseman

Really the only proper Briton in the boat is coxswain Pippy Wiseman - an innocent girl with a husky voice, big heart and an ample pair of lungs - the latter much appreciated amongst the squad. Pippy is a real philanthropist, having spent much of this year devoting her free time to improving UK-Netherlands foreign relations. This is her 6th season coxing and 3rd Henley for London. Highlights of the season include pennants at 4s Head and numerous other head races; finally bringing Nick Parnell under the thumb; and making the most of Varese training camp (#prayforPippy). She is incredibly proud to be coxing this crew and looking forward to a fantastic Henley campaign.


Thames ‘A’ crew

Also known as the "true crew" with a mixture of youth, experience and nationalities with many bulging biceps, this 8+ has improved with every race and is now looking forward to showcasing its new found speed.

Bow – Luis Orozco

Having rowed somewhere in the colonies, in Europe and at university, Luis has some experience of rowing. With his Yankee twang (claims to be Canadian while being born in Colombia) and multilingual assets, Luis provides a handy cultural attaché when trying to build bridges with foreign female crews. As long as his hair is kept at bay with his pink hairband, Luis brings much needed pep to the bow seat.

Two – Salvador Folque

Hailing from the Iberian Peninsula, our two man is one of the most distinguished London rowers. Having picked up his trade at Lincoln University, Salvador gravitated to London to pursue his studies. Now into his 20th and final year of study he is close to achieving his scholarly aims. Taking a break from his Dukedom in Portugal Salvador has demeaned himself for the good of the crew, providing a smooth rhythm from two seat.

Three – Matthew Piechowicz

A defector from Kingston University — who, rumour had it, could no longer tolerate the cost of keeping Matt in Bagels and cookies — brings all the technical skills at three seat. The crew's main taxi driver, providing invaluable tour-guide-like skills when driving down the pedestrian streets of Ghent, Matt drives the boat with the electricity of his namesake Pikachu.

Four – Joshua Meredith

Some say there is a man at four, others are not sure, but what they can all agree on is the magnificent beard that seems to own four seat. Sometimes seen connecting his blade in the water, Josh is the go-to guy when you need clams or if you want style advice on all-in-ones.

Five – Tom Whateley

Tom 'the Watts' Whateley is the quiet shire horse of the crew. With his calm, quiet and considered manner, he displays a superhuman amount of power with the nonchalance of a Buddhist monk. Do not be fooled by this calm exterior, as inside he is a demon possessed. Having rowed in Germany previously, he returned earlier this year for a marathon erg - Tom is thus the epitome of the engine room.

Six – Matt Bernard

Another colonial who escaped the outback, Matt has rowed since his schoolboy days, achieving notable success in some backwater regattas. Having struggled with injury earlier on in the season, Matt and his rippling upper body reminiscent of a Greek god is back…along with his legs which have the same stature of a small child. Watch out for his upcoming training video “Bench press to Henley”.

Seven – Lachie Ives

One of the youngest members of the crew, Lachie brings the fiery temperament of a schoolboy, always looking to bring the rate and intensity. His cheerful enthusiasm is contagious and helps rouse the crew to fever pitch. When he is not leaving his personal possessions around town he can often be seen cruising the streets on his unmotorised scooter.

Stroke - Jack Davidson

Originally from Agrabah, Jack has abs that you could grate cheese on, and brings the smooth and silky rhythm to the boat. Jack, while still young, has plenty of experience, having carved his way through various regattas and events from Berlin to Ghent. Returning to Henley again this year Jack plans on dishing out the punches and to lead the boat from the front.

Cox: Jess Taylor

The youngest member of the crew, Jess brings a tempestuous resolve to the mix. Having rowed previously at school she has decided to spend her spare time with older men. No wonder with her red hair streaming behind her she caught the Duke's eye. Spurning his advances however, Jess provides a calm and authoritative direction to the crew.

Thames ‘B’ crew

A recently formed crew, with the line up only officially confirmed 8 days before the regatta, the LRC ‘B’ 8+ has plenty of speed to find still. After a season of injuries and people moving in and out of the UK, this 8+ has been formed from London members that have been all over the place throughout the last few months. Although only having an average crew age of 24, there is a lot of experience within the boat.

Bow: Scott Catto

Scott took up rowing at Canford School seven years ago. His first four years of rowing were full of unprecedented success, highlights being: completing a race with 6 men after the bow man broke an oar on a poorly positioned bridge (and not coming last), and completing National School's time trial with seven men after (a different) bow man caught a tasty crab 100 metres in (and this time coming last). In his final year at Canford they were able to persuade some of the boys in the year below to pull them along (including LRC's own Aryan Sh*%ze^x£an) and they were able to win School's Head and get a Bronze at National School's in 1st (best) 8+. He has since spent time rowing in sunny Southern California under an old LRC member, Ian Simpson, and as a result, the English "summer" has been a tough adjustment for him. His Henley record is something to behold: a two time member of the illustrious Wednesday Warrior Club - although he claims that last time he "pretty much came second." He can't wait to bring some serious juice in at the bow seat for LRC this year.

2: Rob Leonard

Rob’s had a tough season this year, and has only recently come back into training after some serious accountancy exams. He’s just one of two crew members who have real jobs, making life even tougher. Rob went to Oxford and rowed in the lightweight Blue Boat in 2014, unfortunately missing out on the win. After graduating from Oxford and throwing in the lightweight towel, Rob moved to Tideway Scullers, before seeing the light and joining LRC to get away from the tight Termax kit and the two needy cats.

3: Dom Wilson

Dom has been a member of London Rowing Club since it was founded in 1856 (or near to that). He brings the crew age average up 3 years, and is by far the wisest, most experienced member of the crew. His positivity and energy knows no bounds. Two years ago, Dom was involved in a severe motorbike accident, meaning that he now has one bionic knee. This had to be checked by the HRR stewards before the crew’s entry was accepted. Joking aside, the crew are grateful to have Dom in the boat after a last minute injury meant a super sub was needed quickly. He is a great oarsman and fantastic athlete.

4: Sam Anderson

The Englishman in the 4-seat is Sam Anderson, bringing a solid rhythm and explosive power as well as a penchant for highly visible kit, to the boat. One of the quieter, more relaxed members of the crew, Sam comes to this boat out of last year's quad, making this his first season in a sweep boat. He is determined, driven and dogged in his ambition to make this boat faster.

5: Madis Salumae

Born into a family of fishermen, sailors and rowers, this boy had no choice but to take up a watersport himself.  To this day, he wonders what made him choose the masochistic sport of rowing, perhaps he sustained some brain damage during birth?  No stranger to Henley Royal Regatta, he raced with the ‘big dawgs’ in the Stewards Challenge Cup in 2012. He came to London this year with the hope of rising back up to his glory days.  N.B. Despite deceptive looks, he is not Swedish!

6: Woody Sandhu

Woody, AKA Edward, is the brains of the boat. Currently studying Aerospace Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, Woody knows how to make things go fast. Not only has he got the brains, he’s also got the legs and arms to go with it. He towers over the rest of the crew at a solid 6’9”, making stern pair look like a couple of American leprechauns. Woody grew up in London and started rowing on the Molesey GB start program before moving to Twickenham. His choice in cars is amusing, when you see him unravel himself from his Mini. The drivers seat is so far back even a cox is unable to sit behind him.

7: Max Abram

The crew’s self-proclaimed “Master of Banter,” 7-seat Max is lucky to sit behind Strokeman Kento, the only other member of the crew who finds his humour “on point.” (He apologizes to the ‘A’ crew’s Seven-man for having to put up with most of this mental gamesmanship when rowing side-by-side.) Max will also occasionally make calls for “JUICE!” during pieces, revealing his wattage-focussed American side, having been born in New York and having learned to row at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. Max’s family now lives in London and he trains at LRC whenever back home from university. This year is Max’s first time competing at HRR.

8: Kento Kaijima

Strokeman Kento officially lives in the LRC Resis, but is more likely to be found stocking up on pain-au-chocolat at the local Sainsbury’s. Kento is spending his summer interning at Mizuho Bank in hopes of learning how to self-finance his champagne tastes after he graduates university. He and coxswain Sophie “DaBoss” Shapter share an impressive ability for nonverbal communication, instead opting for a variety of hand-signals that are the secret sauce that make this ‘B’ crew move so fast.

Cox: Sophie Shapter

Sophie started coxing at Latymer Upper School and has since been coxing for 7 years on the Tideway. Coxing highlights include coxing 4 crazy Irishmen from Cork BC at HRR, and failing to be selected for la Coupe in 2011. After a four year retirement, this season has seen Sophie’s big comeback as she has re-found her love of sitting in boats, being constantly cold and listening to her own voice. This is her first year coxing for London. Sophie previously coxed for Thames Rowing Club and has now controversially switched to the blue (better) side of the Embankment. Outside of rowing, Sophie is president of her University Women's Football Club, and has her on radio show on a local community radio station, where she also gets to listen to her own voice - she claims it is the same as coxing; "you talk into a microphone, and hope that people are listening".

Thames 'C' crew

An experienced crew.

Stroke: Stewart Harries

Well known to the LRC faithful, stroke-man Harries also serves as the crew’s ‘chef de mission’. Returning to HRR after….let’s not go there!  His experience is invaluable

7: Iain Cowell

Master technician and former Wyfold finalist Cowell is the Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest 10k dressed as an animal (male). His experience is invaluable.

6: Dr Tom Killick

Having completed the triple crown of Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club President, London Rowing Club Captain and St Paul’s School Boat Club President, Dr Killick is a natural leader of men. His experience is invaluable.

5: Alex Fothergill

Anything is possible with Fothers on board.  Inveterate competitor and former Thames Cup semi-finalist, Fothergill returns to LRC from a couple of years moonlighting at Fulham Reac

h where his experience was invaluable.

4: Ralph Humphrey

Former Thames Cup winner, there is never a dull moment with Ralph. Sees life as an endless series of competitive challenges…if it’s there climb it, beat it, whatever ….his experience is invaluable.

3: Adrian Theed

Former Diamonds semi-finalist and the man who feels no pain, Theed’s experience is invaluable.

2: George Vaizey

The baby of the crew (excluding Lucy), were it not for his crew mates George would be a contender for oldest competitor at this year’s regatta.  George has recently returned from New York where he gained invaluable experience of growing a beard. 

Bow: Chris Whyte

The crew’s thinking man and therefore considered dangerous, hence the bow seat, former LRC Secretary and Thames Cup semi-finalist, Whyte says he is looking forward to qualifiers and expects that ‘the experience will be invaluable’.

Cox: Lucy Harris

A scion of the famous Harris rowing dynasty with a mean left hook and meaner upper cut, Lucy has previously steered the LRC’s Veteran Squad to notable results in the Head of the Charles. She combines her coxing with studying at Oxford and varsity boxing, experience which is, needless to say, invaluable.




Peter Bell

We are sorry to announce the death of Peter (R P M) Bell on 20th May, peacefully in his 98th year.  He was twice Captain, in 1948 and 1950, and Hon Secretary from 1953 to 1960.  We send our condolences to his family.  An obituary summarising the significant contribution he made to the Club is being prepared and will be published as soon as possible.


Reflections on the Great London Row 2016 - Ben Helm and Peter Halford

Reflecting on the recent Great London Row, Ben Helm writes:

Saturday’s arrival at Dorney was a relief as I deduced the youth in my quad were unaware of who was in the two seat and turned up.  The Environment Agency website announced that we had yellow boards with stream decreasing and we set off.  The ladies quad probably made the best kit selection, it looked like their fairy wings were catching the wind and helping them on the early straights.  I am not sure the tiaras were the best protection from rain, but they didn’t seem to hinder.  Our land team of Mike Baldwin and Kathleen Curran were a welcome sight at each of the locks, our progress was fast until Bell Weir lock, the first unmanned lock and where the sluice gates would not open to fill the lock.  After ten minutes of checking the lower gates and sluices were closed and other checks a call was made to the EA and a lock keeper requested.  It was here that one of our doubles in avoiding a cruiser who was attempting to moor up managed to get pinned to a post next to the weir, they evacuated from the boat along the booms to the EA walkway before things became difficult.  During that time at Bell Weir the water level rose dramatically and we were informed that Penton Hook would probably be on Red Boards when we arrived.  Safety being the first priority we sought and found refuge from Staines BC, great hospitality at short notice.  As the river was now rising rapidly the decision was made to change the plans for Sunday and row from the club rather than take the risk of being held off the river with Red Boards, setting off at 11:00 to Teddington we should catch the tide in both directions.

Peter and I had been designated a double for the Sunday and had intended to be down at the club for 11:00.  Delays in our mornings meant that we didn’t manage to boat on time and the tide waits for no man, not even Peter Halford.  Peter, unlike the quad the previous day was of course aware of his crew mate and suggested single sculls for the row.  We eventually pushed away at 11:30 and hit the tide turn at Kew Rail bridge, the north westerly wind also contributing to a slightly early change.  We settled down to a steady long technical paddle rating between 18 and 19.  David Hosking and Iain Laurenson had nailed the tide and flew past us heading home at what looked like 98% of gold medal speed, they provided the incentive after the turn to reach the top of the Tideway before turning onto the fast ebb tide.  After Kew Road on the way up we didn’t see anyone bar London crews and the pedestrians on the tow path must have assumed that only London crews rowed on the Thames.  The intermittent shouts as we passed various boats returning were again a great incentive to continue.
We had other water borne company and the Connaught skipper was so impressed with our sculling that he chose to pass us three times, pulling in at various piers ahead to increase the viewing time for his passengers.  To old tideway scullers like us this was simply water off a gilet covered back, we are very used to vessels racing to get past us; on shorter outings they rarely do and we think the skipper was making the most of the opportunity.  Peter did remark that our bit of the tideway has better water than up river, but we had lovely water from Kew to the Pink Lodge with the Connaught once again resting its engines at Kew Pier.  Flat water until a small speed boat decided that the 8 knot speed limit did not apply to those late for lunch.  He also made a pretence of going slowly by kicking out the largest possible wash.  Connaught took advantage of our slowing down to catch us for the second time. 
To cover the stretch from there to Eel Pie island I think it best to use surfing terms.  The waves were messy, but I managed to carve pretty well, the single is a little long for anything more modern.  Peter was also carving well until just below Richmond bridge where he was caught inside and could not kick out just as the wave closed out.  Not quite a grubbing, but close.  The interesting water on this stretch was only surpassed by the standing wave left by the Clifton Castle at Richmond bridge on our return leg where the bailing decks in our singles were put to the test, the Carl Douglas hugely out performed emptying in half the number of strokes of the Empacher.
After Richmond we moving a little more vigorously, with London boats in front and behind we thought it best to chase and avoid being passed; if honest Peter decided and I tried to stay with him.  Throwing the odd heart rate reading over to him did slow him a little, despite his many skills Peter doubts his ability to administer CPR in the middle of the river.
We paused for three brief watering stops on the return leg, pictured below is Peter at the Bandstand and 30 km into the 35 km row.
The London flag was a very welcome sight as we rounded the Fulham bend, we passed the flag pole almost side abreast with welcome cheers from those that pushed off at the right time who were now showered and changed.  The smell from the barbeque was too much for Peter and he put his hull away without washing it.  Lucky it’s not a club hull is all I will say.
Peter Halford continues: 
On Sunday, Ben Helm and I had had decided to do the trip to Teddington and back in our singles. We aimed to boat at 11.30am so that we might catch the tide both ways. In fact there was so much water coming down we were against the stream from just after UL.
It was cold and the water was quite lumpy. The Clifton Castle has started its trips to Richmond and we got its wash, but not too badly. About UL we saw David Hosking flying past with the stream on his way down. Ben had a heart rate monitor on and occasionally called out what it was showing. If it got close to 140 we eased off a bit. I used to do a lot of long sculls with a heart rate monitor 20 or so years ago. Then, my challenge was to get to the Pink Lodge and back without going over 150.
We went up to Twickenham in one piece and stopped at their club for a few minutes before paddling on to Teddington and turning. Thank you TwRC. We met our eight with Simon Harris at stroke and lots of familiar faces on board who had just turned at Teddington and were on their way back. They gave us a good shout which was the most welcome encouragement. It looked a fast eight. On the way back we had to navigate through paddle boarders (a new hazard) and canoeists and whilst I never thought I would say it, the best stretch of water was very definitely our own stretch of the tideway.
I think we were rating about 18 both ways and it was great fun. There was a terrific cheer when we passed the flagpole and lots of happy tired people. Good show LRC.