The Dewar Shield is an annual head race open to the three Hammersmith based rowing clubs, namely Auriol Kensington, Furnivall and Sons of the Thames.
Points are awarded for finishing positions in Senior, Novice and Veterans categories for both men and women. The club with the most points wins the coveted shield and bragging rights for another year.
2016: Auriol Kensington
2015: Sons of the Thames
2014: not held
The Dewar Shield – the trophy awarded to the winner of an annual head race between Chiswick and Hammersmith Bridge involving the three Hammersmith based clubs (AKRC, Furnivall Sculling Club & Sons of the Thames) – is back where it belongs!
In last year’s race AK posted the fastest time in the Men’s competition and the two fastest times for Women’s crews. In spite of this Sons of the Thames won the event by a single point by virtue of their weight of numbers. A revised points system and a solid entry consisting of two Senior men’s and women’s crews, a novice women’s, a mixed novice and a mixed Vets crew, gave AKRC the confidence that such an injustice would not happen again.
Again both the Men’s & Women’s 1st crews had little doubt about their ability to win their respective categories, and neither boat disappointed. M1 started at the head of the river and promptly left the competition trailing in their wake, covering the course in a time of 10:43 – the fastest time of the day by some margin. W1 were the first women’s boat to start and were similarly peerless, overtaking two senior men’s crews before the finish. Their time of 11:28 was 20 seconds quicker than FSC’s top women’s boat.
AK’s 2nd crews helped consolidate the clubs stranglehold over the event. M2 posted the 3rd fastest time of the day (11:25) and had the additional glory of overtaking FSC’s top boat in the final stretch, directly in front of the respective clubhouses. W2 lost a little ground to FSC’s 2nd boat, but where much too good for Son’s 2nd and FSC’s 3rd boats, picking up valuable points in the process.
AK also had their novices and vets out on the water in the bid to retake the shield. With neither Furnivall nor Sons boating any novice crews AK’s mixed and women novices took maximum points unopposed. The mixed Vets crew lost out to a quick Sons eight, but claimed useful points nonetheless.
In the final tally AK recorded a comfortable eight point victory over Furnivall, with Sons a further 3 points behind. The celebrations in the AK clubhouse continued long into the evening.
Retention of the shield will be a key target in the 2017 head racing season.
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