About me

I rowed for a couple of terms at school as a 15 year old (see photo above). The next 32 years were filled with O-levels, guitars, computers, A-levels, university, work and raising a family. I forgot about rowing.

I came back to rowing, prompted by my son who took up rowing with much greater skill and enthusiasm than I had at his age.

On 8 September 2018, I joined a Learn to Row course at Fulham Reach Boat Club and spent the next 5 weekends enjoying good company and being taught by excellent coaches, including Tracy Corbett and Tim Koch.

After the Learn to Row course, Tracy encouraged me into a single (1x) and coached me 1 to 1 through October and November. Her unending positive enthusiasm and skill at coaching combined with the unforgiving technical demand of the single resulting in a rapid improvement. I thoroughly recommend getting into a single as soon as you dare.

No floats for me

A couple of months later, in a quad with a crew significantly more experienced than me, we sculled a 5 hour charity marathon course down to Westminster and up to Ham House to raise money for the boat club’s new gym.

3 February 2019, sitting at stroke with significantly better scullers behind me, taking a break on the 44km row for charity

In 2019, I tried a few competitions, with mixed results.

Sweeping in the FRBC mens 8+ at the Head of the River, we were not overtaken by everyone else.

At the Putney Town Regatta my quad was beaten easily by a crew half our age. This was redeemed by a win in the Putney Town 2x, Masters C, with fellow FRBC rower, Charlie. In the summer, Henley Masters was not so kind to us.

I also had the huge delight of sculling with my son and have done so a few times since. He’s much better than me, so it’s not fair to ask him to do it again …

During 2019, I also got my Power Boat Licence, First Aid Certificate and Safeguarding qualifications which allow me to help with coaching duties.

In 2020, I am sometimes found on the river, in a single, working up to sculling the 20km to Richmond Lock and back. I am more often found talking about it.

I made this website to help FRBC and regular tideway users

My old school’s boat club symbol. They decided not to include the school moto, “Paulatim sed firmiter”, Slowly but surely.

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