In itself there is nothing special about "Teal". Nevertheless it is a significant landmark being on the first big bend that you come to some 2000 metres above the boathouse. The name is believed to have been bestowed on the location by Tees RC on the simple premise that there was a boat of that name moored there in the late 50s/early 60s. This boat is likely to have got it's name from the Grand National winning race horse owned by local farmer Ridley Lamb. The boat and the horse are long gone but the name lives on at a pub in Ingleby Barwick.

Navigation of the bend requires skill by both rowers and cox - going upstream stroke side need to pull harder to help the boat round and coming down it is bow side's turn. Please do not cut the corner in either direction.