Skiff Club News

Page created 19 Apr 98, last updated 24 Sep 2000.  Readers will realise that I haven't subsequently continued to update this page.  SC members and friends will have been kept up to date by the frequent messages on the club's e-mail mailing list.

Sep 2000

Sad news of the death of one of the Club's true characters, David Willoughby.  He had been ill for some time, but he'll be sadly missed.

More cheerful news came from Sydney, with the wonderful performance of Miriam Batten & her silver medal quad in winning the British women's first-ever Olympic rowing medal.  Congratulations to them & to the rest of the GB squad.

Aug 2000

The following news from the club, taken from the recent e-mail circular to members:

"Some dates for your diaries:

Sunday 27th August 2000
The Skiff Championships Regatta will be held on Sunday 27th August 2000, at Henley.
Based at Remenham, boating from Upper Thames Rowing Club.
We would love to see you - come along to support us!

Saturday 2nd September 2000
The Skiff Club Regatta will be on Saturday 2nd September, here at The Club (boated from the Island Site). Again come along and race or support. We have included a special race for those who have never raced in a regatta before, as well as races for juniors of 17 years or younger. There are also Punt races on offer. Restricted novice event doesn’t involve turning a Peck! Could this be the beginning of your Punt racing career? Entries for this event close on Sunday 27th August. Make sure Bill has your name by then.
We also need volunteers – to man the bar & refreshments stall, to make sandwiches or cakes to sell, and your children to do a stint on the stake boats (free sandwiches & cake for this!)

Saturday 2nd September 2000
Later that evening……. The Skiff Club Supper in the Marquee! How can you miss this traditional revelry? It’s the Ladies turn to cook & the Mens’ to clear up! We need to know numbers in advance, so if you would like to come along, give your names to Janet Mehers. Tel 01491 571344 or email: (also contact her or Heather Bateman Tel 020 8977 8526 email: Heather_Bateman@TVHA.CO.UK Ladies, if you would like to Lend a hand at cooking & preparation)

Friday 22nd September 2000
At the Clubhouse – The Rowing Olympics Party. Graeme is organising a "do" to coincide with the Olympic rowing event - View it on our HUGE screen – Late Licence obtained!

Saturday 2nd December 2000
The Santa Skiff - A little early, but the Santas in the shops will have already become tarnished & grubby. Dress up & deck the skiffs while we skiff to the traditional Christmas Lunch at a venue, which is still "under wraps"

Sunday 17th December 2000
The Skiff Club Sherry Party. You don’t have to drink Sherry, honest! Come along & share a Christmas drink, while your liver can still take the pace! - Even combine it with a gentle skiff beforehand. 1 PM in the Clubhouse."

SC new e-mail address; official website expected soon.

Sep 1999

NEW:  SC Regatta results.

May 1999

Reports now available on the successful London to Paris record attempt;  arrived in Paris in the early hours of Friday 28 May, more than a day inside the old record.

Swap of dates in September:  The Great River Race will now take place on Sunday 5th September, and the Skiff Club Regatta has therefore moved to Saturday 4th.  [Thanks to Lensbury who have moved their Regatta to allow this change.]

April 1999

The Teddington Sculls, organised by Walbrook & SC, took place on Saturday 17th April;  see start order & results.
During the Easter weekend a group from the club did the Meander trip (Lechlade to Teddington);  we hope they enjoyed it!  [On Easter Sunday afternoon they had reached Henley, planning to reach Maidenhead that evening.]

March 1999

Plans are being made for an attempt on the record for rowing from London to Paris.  This is due to take place at the end of May and will involve a team drawn from a number of the clubs, taking about 4 days, with members swapping in and out of the crew.  Not surprisingly, this is being organised by expeditionist-extraordinaire Jock Wishart, veteran of trans-Atlantic rowing , round-the-world powerboat, and a variety of other mad-cap schemes!  The DSPC members of the expedition have some idea what they are letting themselves in for, as they've done a variety of record trips including the cross-Channel journey.  More news to follow.

(And a new skiffing link has been brought to my attention:  see Richard Gooderick's skiffing page for additional information about the boats and the sport.)

September 1998

Congratulations to the SC's Miriam Batten on her gold medal in the Women's double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Cologne.  Congratulations also to Maggie Phillips and Martin Levy who passed their FISA umpiring exams in Ottensheim & Cologne respectively;  this means there are now 4 Skiff Club members on the British list of FISA umpires (until Tommy Thomson retires at the end of the year), as well as ex-member Bill Donegan in Canada.

August 1998

The Skiff Club Regatta will take place on Sunday 6th September (skiffing & punting events), with a Club Supper after the Regatta.  The "club champs" for SC members will be held during the preceding week:  heats on Wednesday 2nd September, finals on Thursday 3rd September.

July 1998

Jock Wishart lived up to his promise and was back in time for Henley Finals Day, having broken the Round-the-World powerboat record  See the expedition website.

May 98

New boats arrived.

19 April 1998

Club AGM

New CAPTAIN:  Fran Kenden, succeeding Bob Downie

Other officers re-elected including:

Also on 19 April 1998:

Jock Wishart set off from Gibraltar  in a powerboat on his attempt at the round-the-world record set previously by a nuclear submarine.  He hopes to break the magic 80 day mark, and to be back in time for Henley Finals Day.  We wish him luck on this, the latest of his adventures!  See the expedition website.  [As of 22 May they had arrived in Yokohama.]


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