Friday evening’s Christmas Party was a great success. Huge thanks to Gary Austin for organising and MC’ing the event. Thanks also to our very own talented Dylan Gomersal (and partner Richard) and Peter Smithson (and partner Brian) for entertaining us; and to Carlotta and team (Edoardo, Johnny and Sean) who ran the bar and kitchen for the evening.

Junior Christmas 8+s race will run as usual on the 24th December 10-12 pm followed by chat and snacks! Juniors + Alumni Juniors are welcome! Plan B is being considered if the river is still too fast. Bring xmas hats and some nibbles with you. The bar will be open for non-alcoholic and some alcoholic drinks (for adults).

Red River ergo schedule is now on the club websitetps here.

WiFi code – The router card has gone missing; we’d appreciate it back! If anyone knows the WiFi key code please email me with it.

The next phase of club refurbishment – ground floor/first floor lobby painting – will be undertaken by the now well-practiced team of Keith, John, Roger, and Ken. They are planning to work off Christmas lunch on 27/28/29 December to do this, so please avoid the front stairs during this time.

We plan to convene a short Townhall on Sunday 5th January at 1100 to share the design principles and plans for displaying the vast collection of rowing pictures; aiming to tell the club’s story from the nineteenth century to the present day. 

This is the time of year to reflect on achievements, and to thank you all for making the club what it is, including the vast numbers of volunteers who give up their time to run events, and keep the club running, without whom….

Wish you all a great holiday period, a merry Christmas, and I look forward to seeing you all back on the water in the New Year.


No rowing to report again this week, but plenty of ergos, weights, gym sessions, cycle rides and swimming, as we use all means available to keep up our winter training. The Weybridge Winter Head was cancelled; the QMULBC camp postponed; and a decision will be made on the TVSL event (26 January) this coming Thursday. If you have kindly volunteered to support the event, Andy will advise.

Congratulations to the Reading University crew, with alumni members Edoardo and Sean, who received their trophies for winning the Academic 4x event in the 2019 Fuller’s Head of the River Fours in a ceremony last week. Good to see Maidenhead club ties being proudly worn.  

More work in and around the club to report on this week. Brunswick green hand rails and skirting boards on the main stairs; removal of the low wall that has proved a trip hazard when the touring tubs are used; repair to the fence on the north side of the club; and loading the container for its imminent departure. Many thanks to all of you who have helped in these activities. 

We have now updated the Land training schedule, with some changes particularly to reflect the large numbers of Junior squads actively training, which is great to see. Please check the schedules on the club website (they should be posted early next week). If you do wish to train during a squad allocated session, please contact the relevant squad captain/coach ahead of the session to check availability.

Please remember to leave the cardio suite (ergo room) in good order when you leave; close windows, switch off lights, close the door. Please release (in a controlled manner) the ergo handles from their holders at the end of a session, after wiping down, storing them next the flywheel housing, to reduce chain wear.


Storm Dennis caused events and outings to be cancelled this weekend. Instead of urlando contra il cielo, have a look at Vicky Thornley’s suggestions for cross-training activities, for racing and recreational crews alike:

Next weekend’s planned events are the Burway Head (22 Feb) - good luck to our 6 WJ14/15 crews entered; and GB Junior trials at Boston (22-23 Feb) with a fabulous 5 of our juniors being invited - good luck to Amelia, Danny, Izzy, Jacob, and Max.

At the club (22 Feb, 1000 – 1700), we are planning to host a team of Royal Marines training to row on the Pacific Ocean ( They are doing this to raise awareness and funds for members of the service community struggling with mental health or physical disability issues.

This week there will be some framed pictures going up around the club; please be extra careful as we have just had them newly framed.  If you are at the club on Monday from 1000, please use the back stairs and try and avoid the corridor by the Kitchen door and Bar if possible. 

A team of Half-term escapees from the VetMen will be doing some more clubhouse redecorating, gardening, and new bar furniture assembling. The truck will have a small-boat carrying frame fitted on Monday.

Looking further ahead, two events for your diaries: an indoor rowing challenge to support Sport Relief and the club (13-15 March); and the formal clubhouse reopening (28 March from 1400).

Sports Relief will be on 13 March.  As some members will be racing in the Kingston Head on 14 March and/or in the Head of the River the following weekend, we will be holding the challenge over 3 days from Friday 13 March to Sunday 15 March, so squads can fit it into, or around, their training schedules.

The challenge will be for us collectively to row from the distance from Lands’ End to Shetland (via Tim’s house on Anglesey), 1,175 km in total.

As we have 25 ergos, that makes a target of 47 km per machine. We would like as many club members as possible from all squads to be involved.  If, say, 120 members participate, the average distance per member would be less than 10km. We will send out more information, including how you can get involved in raising sponsorship, over the next few weeks.


I’ve been working on this video for about two years, filming my own rowing club to produce a promotional video for the club.

The video captures what MRC is all about ..... competitive rowing at all levels but also, a friendly, social & welcoming club open to all levels of ability from beginner to national standard.

As you can see, we have great land training facilities, boats and club house. 

I have captured events and the environment of the club over the past two years on video and complied them into this short film. I joined Maidenhead Rowing Club as a young Junior and believe that this club is a great place for people of all ages. 

I hope this short film motivates you to come down and see the welcoming Club environment for yourself and join us 


Club Video


 Thanks for watching 

Lizzie Sneller WJ18

Another frustrating week of (mostly) Red Boards river; but on a positive note, this week has seen more progress on the gym project, the expanded erg room is really paying dividends, and we had some crews racing on the Tideway this weekend.

Fours Head – 3 crews braved the elements yesterday (and managed to get their entries in early for a reduced field of entries due to works at Fulham Football ground). Very well done to three juniors crews who represented the club at this prestigious event. The girls quad (Amelia, Alexandra, Jasmine and Izzy) took an impressive 4th place in WJ 4x Band1, whilst the Boys B quad (Olly, Jake, Ethan and Ed) were 8th out of 28 crews in J4x Band 2. The Boys A quad unfortunately snapped a blade 600m before the finish line and couldn't complete the race, otherwise their race went very well.

Vet’s Fours Head – 5 crews enjoyed near perfect tideway conditions today, with the race being run the ‘wrong way’ on the flood tide from the Mile Post to Chiswick Staithe. Solid performances from Vetmen and Masters Women crews: WC4x 3rd of 12, WB4x 4th of 6, E4x 6th of 17, D4- 6th of 8, F4+ 4th of 5. The excellent new bar facilities were tested (again) once boats were re-rigged, cleaned, and racked.

Gym project – sliding doors (to separate the function room from the bar area when needed) were fitted last week - the last of the major infrastructure elements, together with installation of the existing 2 weight cages. This week will see further decorating, completion of the bar door, and delivery of the coffee machine. The gym equipment is due next week, along with bar shelves, carpets in the corridors and lino in the bar. Phew..

Functions – Now that we are up and running with the function room once again, please avoid using the weight room when functions are being held. We hope to manage session/dates to minimise clashes, but please remember that hosting functions is a good source of revenue for the Club, and helps position us in the community. The next midweek evening event is Wednesday 4th December from 1830. Layla will advise of any other events to be aware of.

Clares Court sponsored ergos – This Friday (29th November) 1300 – 1830 in the function room (ergos will be placed on mats to protect the floor), with parents in attendance.

Clares Court sports hall – out of action this week (25th – 29th November) due to mock exams.

Clares Court car park – please remember this is a school playground with a speed limit that must be observed.

Hot suppers – Claire is resuming service this Tuesday (26th November) with her signature dish (Chilli - meat and veggie options, homemade guacamole and tortilla chips, seasonal apple crumble for dessert). Please book with her directly as soon as you can, and enjoy (and test out) the lovely new bar.

Fingers crossed for a reduction in flow, so we can all get out to safely row.

Questions/thoughts/ideas always welcomed.