Sunbury Skiff and Punting Club

Monday, 31 August 2015


So this is "THE BIG ONE" , the regatta everyone wants to win , the one that proves you are the best !

Well not quite this year , entries were down yet again for such a precocious event , however Sunbury didn't let us down  , we turned out in force

First up for us was MND "Clever" Trevor Jackson / Jo cross against a TVSC crew - I'm afraid an easy win for the Valley crew

Then Ben Harris jumped in to make a composite crew with Rowan ONeill from WSPC in a GND - Im afraid in a bit out of their depth , but that was to be expected, seeing they are only juniors

Next up , we had our most experienced ladies crew out at LND - F. Cockroft / J.Taylor / Cox C.Taylor . It was a straight final and they steam rollered themselves to victory . Great WIN !!!

MHD was the next event with me and J.Taylor entering . Against a TVSC crew , that was the strongest crew i think i have come across , easy win for Valley .

J16 singles with Ben harris against Rowan Oneill - good battle but Ben came through the heat -WIN!!

The most intriguing , noisiest , captivating  race of the day was all down the the Juniors J16 doubles
SSPC - E.Neat / C.Taylor/ Cr.Taylor(cox)  against a composite crew of L.Davidson / B.Harris (SSPC)/E.Graham (cox)
The race was nip and tuck all the way , everyone screaming from the banks and too close to call from the banks, if was left to the judges to make final judgement ......SSPC WIN !!!!! Big congrats to other crew for such a great race which including our very own B.Harris

GNS saw our Terrier Trevor Jackson take on the mighty M.Neal from TVSC . This man has been skiffing for forty years at Henley and never one this event . It had to choose today to have the race of his life and pip Trevor at the post close !!!

Then it was time for "The Sunbury Kids " AKA - Jo cross / G.Clarke racing at LED Straight final
These girls want it bad , so bad , they gave their all , but it wasn't their day , Easy win for the crew from TVSC

Last race of the day saw two Sunbury boys racing at J16 singles
Ben Harris - Callum Taylor
What a fitting way to end the regatta , watching two of our boys competing at this precocious event with our club so new , and so much history at this  regatta , the day was finished off with Ben Harris narrowly beating Callum to take The Medal - well done boys

So that concludes the round up of this regatta


Keep on skiffing to the next one - over and out

P.Neat SSPC VC !!!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Monday, 24 August 2015

Captains Report - Sunbury Regatta 15 August 2015

This year saw a lovely sunny 138th Sunbury Amateur Regatta with over 200 competitors on Rivermead Island.

Crews from friendly rival Skiff Clubs came to race for points for the annual Ormiston Trophy & "The Victor Ludorum Gong" which is presented to the Club that win the most finals at Sunbury’s Regatta. Competitors in the past have included former Olympic rowers Sahil Hassan, Sarah Winkless, Sarah Birch and Eloise Lavrick.

5 Clubs from Teddington, Thames Ditton, Walton, Wraysbury and Sunbury were represented this year. There were some great races with very spirited competition between clubs.

Dittons (DSPC) picked up a few wins, but the main battle of the day was between Walton’s, Thames Valley Skiff Club (TVSC) and Sunbury’s own Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club (SSPC). Captain M. Egginton from TVSC and other senior members won most of the top categories, but SSPC's Vice Captain, Paul Neat led the home crews, winning both his Singles & Doubles events. SSPC then won most of the entrant categories, although K Hamilton from TVSC nearly stopped the party by cruising through the Novice singles for the Janet Graham Challenge Cup.  It all came down to the last race of the day for TVSC to make it a draw. The Club Dongola race was a convincing win for SSPC which meant they beat TVSC 11 wins to 9 in the final count. DSPC also picked up 3 wins.

The White Horse won the local Dongola race and under dogs, The Admiral Hawk took the Tug of War away from last year’s winners The Grizzly Bear, knocking out The Grey Horse & Tesco’s Sunbury Cross on the way.

Mayor Mark Francis was on hand to present all the Winners with medals and the "Gong" for the 4th year running to Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club.

John Graham
Captain SSPC

Vice Captain Report - Walton Reach Regatta 22 August 2015


Fantastic weather for viewing, however skiffing …ouch it was 29 degrees!!!!!!

First out on the course was Terrier twinkle-toes Trevor with Faithe in a double mixed @Novice status. They were up against a very strong crew from Valley in their heat, they put up a great effort however lost out on the win.

Jo in a single was next up. After going up in status from last week @ Sunbury she is now @Novice Status. It’s a big step up and lost out to a Valley girl…her time will come very soon

Next was myself with my partner Jen Taylor. Racing at Higher Status against a Ditton’s crew. We gave it our all but up against experience and “woolly” who is a big lump, overtook us halfway down the course and lost by a length. More power please!!!

Faithe took on the Captain from Ditton’s @Novice singles - a bad day at the office for Faithe as steering was her down fall. Next time Faithe

Terrier Trevor out in his favourite single. Racing @Novice against P.Oneill, no win today, but he’s getting closer and closer

Zak took on R.Oneill at J14. It’s always nip and tuck between these two, Rowan came out on top today. Boo!

Next me and Alistair (Returning back to his roots - SUNBURY) @Intermediate . Straight final against The Skiff Club. Great race and "we smashed them “as Alistair put it POT! Coxed E.Neat

Alistair and Jo crewed up for the first time @Novice. Winners in their heat against Dittons. Through to the final, however against the mighty crew that beat Faithe and Terrier earlier, they put up a good fight and a good time, but no win today


Happy skiffing

SSPC Picture Gallery

The Graham boys Great River Race 2013

The Graham boys at  Great river race 2013

Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012

SSPC at the Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012