Dear Members

The Head Racing season is now in full swing with crews from Maidenhead RC of all ages achieving success at Local and National events during November:

  • The Fours Head on 3rd November saw Maidenhead RC crews from the Junior Girls’ and Senior Women’s Squads taking part. The WJ15 4x were racing in the Championship Event against WJ18 crews due to the number of racing points they had amassed which was always going to be a tough event, but one in which they performed well. Similarly the WOpen 4x who were racing for the first time on the Tideway put in a creditable performance against strong competition finishing 10th out of 22 in their event.
  • The Veterans Fours Head on 4th November saw an impressive 9 crews representing Maidenhead RC from both the Masters Ladies’ and Vet Men’s Squads with the following crews achieving notable performances:

D4- (Nic Hutchins, Rob Brockwell, Alan Bird and Andrew Scott – Coach: Owen Bryant) finished in an impressive 1st place!

WMas D4x (Sue Harker, Laura Lion, Claire Pugh and Nat Marti – Coach: Jim Hotchin) finished in 2nd place in their event and were the 6th fastest women’s crew overall!

B4x (Ben Webb, Dave Harrand, Keith Dixon and Nigel Lewington) finished 2nd despite being in the C age group and competing against younger crews
D4x (Nick Steel, Marcus Richards, Keith Abbott and Mark Stockdale) finished in 3rd place despite a last minute substitution by Marcus (to replace Tim Hudson who was unwell), and which put them into the E age group racing against younger crews.

  • Kingston Small Boats Head on 10th November saw a number of entries from the Junior Squads, and where the crews racing in Division 2 had to endure monsoon conditions! Notable performances were achieved by the following crews:

WJ15 4x+ (Amelia Carpenter, Jasmine Stockdale, Poppy Jaminson, Ametz Parcell-Arregi and Unai Parcell-Arregi – Coach: Huw Jenkins) who achieved 1st place

WJ15 2x (Amelia Carpenter and Olivia Hall – Coach: Huw Jenkins) who achived their 1st place by 40 seconds!

WJ15 2x (Ellen Gomersall and Ametz Parcell-Arregi – Coach: Huw Jenkins) who finished in 3rd place

WJ14 4x+ (Annabel Rayne, Emma Rayner, Rucha Potdukh, Scarlett Hunter and India White – Coach: Hew Jenkins) who finished in 3rd place

WJ16 2x (Izzy Sellers and Stephanie Stuij – Coach: Hayley Peters) who finished in 3rd place

  • Henley Long Distance Sculls also on 10th November was well attended by the Junior’s, Senior Women’s and Masters Ladies’ Squads with a number of notable performances:

WOpen 2x (Lena Tomasik and Maja Tomasik – Coach: Hayley Peters) who achieved 1st place

WMas A1x (Claire Pugh – Coach: Jim Hotchin) achieved 1st place just ahead of Kelsey Murrell (also coached by Jim) who finished in 2nd place!

WMas C2x (Nat Marti and Sue Harker – Coach: Jim Hotchin) finished in 1st place

WMas D1x (Sue Harker – Coach: Jim Hotchin) also achieved 1st place

  • Hampton Small Boats Head on 24th November was well attended by boys and girls from the Junior Squad with the following notable results:

J15 2x (Max Bird and Jacob Loras – Coach: Mike Harlow) who achieved 1st place

J15 1x (Max Bird – Coach: Mike Harlow) who finished in 2nd place

Steve Bloyce from the Adaptive Squad took part in the GB Para trials in a supported 2- on 10th November at Caversham where he received very positive feedback on his progress, and will be working towards the next round of GB Para trials in 2019 under the close scrutiny of the development coaches.  The Adaptive Squad also held a boat naming ceremony attended by Members, friends and sponsors. The Peter Harrison Foundation and Shanly Foundation both kindly donated the money to help us purchase these boats for the Adaptive programme which will be put to good use over the coming months/years. The event was officiated by Paul Lion, who as Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (and our Club’s President) christened Rigel (adaptive 1x) and Betelgeuse (adaptive 2x/-) to formally incorporate them into our fleet. It was also good to see Andy Houghton (GB Para International) at the event where he was able to share his experiences of training at Maidenhead RC and with Team GB with squad members in the bar afterwards.

A big thank you needs to go to Billy Brooks and his team of helpers for the regular Club Time Trials which are huge benefit to crews training for Head Races. These events are well attended by Members and thoroughly enjoyed by all those taking part – it is always good to see so many Maidenhead RC crews on the water hotly contesting who will be the “Head” of our own stretch of river!

Thank you to all who attended the Armistice Day ceremony held at the Club on 11th November to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War - it was a very moving occasion and a fitting tribute to commemorate the 11 Club Members who lost their lives in the two World Wars. We had over 50 Members in attendance where representatives from our Junior Squad lowered 11 blades during the 2 minute silence as a mark of respect.

The Recreational Squad hosted a Quiz Night on 16th November which was organised by Annette Golledge (supported by an army of volunteers) which featured our very own quizmaster Bob Nelhams as master of ceremonies. The evening was a great success with more than 70 people from across the Maidenhead RC squads and guests attending where we saw both excellent food and hard fought competition between the quiz teams. Not only was a good evening enjoyed by all, but the event raised over £1,200 for Club funds!

On 27th November we hosted a British Rowing talk on Masters Rowing by Jeff Watling which was organised by Jim Hotchin and Sue Harker. The event was attended by 95 people from a number of local clubs across the Thames Region including Marlow, Henley, Goring, Poplar, Eton Excelsior, Oxford City and Falcon to name just a few. The talk covered the changes associated with ageing for competitive athletes, hints on improving rowing technique, advice on cardiovascular/strength training and much more. The talk was not only very informative and well received by all, but also raised £475 for Club funds!

Unfortunately this year’s Scullers Head was cancelled at the last minute due to poor weather conditions on the Tideway, but there is still the British Rowing Indoor Championship on 8th December and of course the Maidenhead RC Christmas Scratch Regatta on 16th December for those still harbouring unfulfilled dreams of rowing glory in 2018...

Good luck to all those taking part in both events!