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!

Regards

Keith

Dear Members

You may be aware that since 19 August, Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club have been locked out of their premises by Hounslow Borough Council who are denying the club access to the boathouse unless they give up their existing lease (due to expire in 2033) and move to a rolling six-month licence.  The story is on the TTRC website at https://ttrc.org.uk/save-ttrc/ and several other media outlets.

The club has set up a petition requesting that Hounslow Borough Council withdraw the eviction. Thames Tradesmen's hope is that enough people will sign the petition to convince the Council to get them back on the water, so their members can carry on doing what they love most – rowing.  Within 24 hours, the petition had received over 7,000 signatures.

For many years TTRC has hosted Maidenhead Rowing Club for the Fours and Eights Heads.  So I am sure many of you will want to show your support for TTRC by signing the petition and helping them to gain access to their club again.  Please spread the news to your friends, rowers and non-rowers alike.  #SaveTTRC.

With many thanks

Dawn 

Dear Members,

This is the first of what I hope will be regular updates on the club racing successes and activities so we can all keep track of the many activities and ambitions ongoing across the club. In my first weeks as Captain the scale of endeavour across the club has amazed me which you can see reflected in this report - there is a lot going on! I have also been trying to find time to meet with representatives of each of the squads so I can get you know you better and understand the support you need to realise your rowing ambitions – but if I haven’t spoken to you yet or if you still have some thoughts to share please grab me on the pontoons for a chat...

The annual Maidenhead Junior Regatta took place on 20th May and was another resounding success with near perfect racing conditions. First of all I have to thank Liam and the Regatta Committee for organising the event, and the legions of members and parents who volunteered on the day to help run the event. There were 11 visiting local clubs and schools with 340 juniors competing in 74 crews, spread across 15 events and 98 races (plus a couple or re-rows after dead heats). As usual it was well supported by the visiting clubs and schools with crews from Claire's Court School, Henley Rowing Club, Great Marlow School, Guildford Rowing Club, Canford School, Wellington College BC, Shiplake Vikings, Lady Eleanor Holles School, Headington School, Fulham Reach Boat Cub and our neighbouring club Eton Excelsior.

Maidenhead RC enjoyed a particularly successful day with six wins (more than any other club) in the following categories events:

• J15 4x+: (Nat Harlow, Dillon Cook, Ed Rayner, Nilay Patel & Ametz Parcell-Arregi (cox))
• J14 Coxed 4x: (Jacob Ioras, Max Bird, Danny Lewis, Filip Damon & Unai Parcell-Arregi (cox))
• J16 2x: (Dillon Cook & Ed Rayner)
• WJ13 4x+: (Isobel Mayhew-Smith, Scarlet Hunter, Rucha Potdukhe, Annabel Rayner, Ione Parcell-Arregi)
• WJ15 4x+: (Stephanie Stuij, Ella Myers, Christa Scott and Hannah Leeper & Ametz Parcell Arregi (cox))
• WJ16 2x: (Hannah Leeper & Tilly Bishop)

The Victor Ludorum prize for most wins by a visiting club was shared Henley Rowing Club and Guildford Rowing Club with three wins each. Prizes were presented by Zoe Lee, stroke of the silver medal winning Great Britain women’s eight from the Rio Olympics accompanied by our very own former Maidenhead RC junior and world championships silver medallist in 2017, Jack Beaumont.

Other Successes in April/May:

J18 Boys have enjoyed some early successes for the season at Munich representing GB:

• J18 B 4x where Elliott Kemp, Eduardo Marshall + 2 scullers from Tideway Scullers School and Chester-Le-Street winning Gold medals against crews from Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Austria and Germany.
• J18 1x (Victor Kleshneva) winning Silver.
• J18 A 4x: Victor Kleshneva raced with boys from Windsor Boys School, Globe and Glocester winning Bronze medals.

The J18 boys also saw success at the GB Trials in Nottingham where in the 1x competition Victor Kleshneva finished 1st and Eduardo Marshall 2nd.

The Junior girls had wins at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta on 21st April:

• WJ14 4x+: (Amelia Carpenter, Olivia Hall, Jasmine Stockdale, Ametz Parcell-Arregi, (cox) Ione Parcell-Arregi) winning Gold medals
• WJ15 2x: (Izzy Sellers & Elizabeth Hollis) winning Silver medals


Maidenhead also saw wins at the Junior Sculling Regatta on 5th May:

• WJ14 2x: (Amelia Carpenter & Jasmine Stockdale) winning Gold medals
• WJ14 2x: (Ellen Gomersall & Dallas Thompson) winning Silver medals
• J18 1x: (Harrison Rowe) winning Gold

The Adaptive squad is getting off the ground after winter training with Dan Stevenson receiving a novice medal in the AdaM1x event at Phyllis Court invitational time trials in April.

And finally, the Veteran Men’s squad saw their first win of the season at Putney Town Regatta with a D4x (Nick Steel, Mark Stockdale, Keith Abbott & Tim Hudson).

The Maidenhead RC annual dinner was held on 12th May which was well attended by members past and present representing all the squads. In addition to the excellent food and drink, attendees were able to enjoy a video compilation of the club achievements over the past 20 years since the new clubhouse has been in place. Again many thanks to the organising committee who did and amazing job!

Now that the river is starting to get busy we have seen a sharp increase in damage to equipment, which has taken a number of boats out of action over the past weeks whilst they are repaired. Most of this damage was avoidable, so please make every effort to read the safety plan and take care on the water particularly when navigating the bridge. If you have any questions regarding safety please contact Claire/Emma or your squad captains who will be glad to advise.

It is also important to remember that the river itself is our most important asset, and with the increase in fine weather of cruiser traffic and other river users we all need to remember to abide by the rules and practices outlined by the Environment Agency for river usage and treat other river users with courtesy and respect at all times. If you are in situations with other river users where rules are have not been followed please keep your cool and report the incident to myself or the squad captains when back ashore so that we can follow up through the official channels.

The next few weeks (and indeed this weekend!) promise to hold even more excitement as we get closer to key events in the rowing calendar at Henley and the National Championships – so work hard in your training and preparation, and good luck when racing...!
Regards

Keith

Dear Members

The summer racing season is now in full swing, and we have seen a huge number of wins for Maidenhead Rowing Club in the past month at a number of Local and National events. It is fantastic to see our athletes rewarded for their hard work in training which does great credit to the club’s standing!

National Schools Regatta on 25th-27th May saw a strong contingent from Maidenhead junior boy's and junior girl's squads taking part, with the following wins being achieved:

J18 4x championship Gold (Victor Kleshneva, Elliott Kemp, Eduardo Marshall & Harrison Rowe)

J18 2x championship Gold (Victor Kleshneva & Harrison Rowe)

WJ14 4x+ Gold (Amelia Carpenter, Olivia Hall, Jasmine Stockdale, Ametz Parcell-Arregi & India White (cox)) who set a new National Schools Regatta record time of 3:38.59 in the final!

WJ14 4x+  Gold (Ellen Gomersall, Abby Jones, Bethyn Roberts, Dallas Thompson & Christa Scott (cox)) qualified for the B final which they won. This crew also won Gold medals as the fastest second crew of the day from any club or school

WJ15 4x+ Bronze (Stephanie Stuij, Izzy Sellers, Elizabeth Hollis, Hannah Leeper & Ametz Parcell-Arregi (cox)) coming 3rd in the B final (9th overall)

Twickenham Regatta on 26th May was well attended by Maidenhead crews from the senior men’s, senior women’s, masters ladies’ and veteran men’s squads with the following crews achieving wins:

Open 1x (Sam McCoriston)

Open 2x (Ross McCoriston & Sam McCoriston)

WSenior 4x (Natasha Brown, Vicky Palmer, Caroline Steel & Kelsey Murrell)

WMas B/C2x (Nattie Marti & Claire Pugh)

Mas C4+ (Rob Harris, Dan Corkin, Andy Burrows, Dylan Gomersall & Tegan Pereira-Rego (Cox))

Mas E4x (Nick Steel, Marcus Richards, Piers Alington & Keith Abbott)

Mas E2x (Nick Steel & Marcus Richards)

Peterborough Spring Regatta on 2nd-3rd June, an event not often attended by Maidenhead crews, but the following wins were achieved by the veteran men:

Mas D4- (Nic Hutchins, Alan Bird, Rob Brockwell & Andrew Scott)

Mas D2- (Nic Hutchins & Andrew Scott)

Weybridge Ladies Regatta on 10th June saw further success for the senior women’s and masters ladies’ squads with wins for:

WSenior 4x (Natasha Brown, Vicky Palmer, Caroline Steel & Kelsey Murrell)

WSenior 2x (Natasha Brown & Kelsey Murrell)

WSenior 2x (Caroline Steel & Vicky Palmer)

WMasC/D 1x (Sue Harker)

Marlow Town Regatta on 16th June saw further wins for the Adaptive squad:

AdaM1x (Dan Stevenson)

SupAda2x (1 armed) (Steve Bloyce & Dylan Gomersall)

SupAda2x (Dan Stevens & Poppy Jaminson) 

Reading Amateur Regatta on 17th June saw some stiff competition for the Maidenhead junior squads with Stephen Hughes winning the J16 1x A final

Masters National Championships on 16th-17th June in Nottingham saw yet another strong entry from Maidenhead’s masters ladies’ and veteran men’s squads with Maidenhead Rowing Club being ranked 7th out of the 90 clubs participating in the overall Victor Ludorum.

Championship medals were awarded for:

WB2x Gold (Claire Pugh & Nattie Marti)

D4-  Gold (Nic Hutchins, Rob Brockwell, Alan Bird & Andrew Scott

D2-  Gold (Nic Hutchins & Andrew Scott)

D2-  Silver (Rob Brockwell & Alan Bird)

Non-Championship medals were awarded for:

WD1x Gold (Sue Harker)

E4x Gold (Nick Steel, Marcus Richards, Keith Abbott & Tim Hudson)

Congratulations also to all of the Learn to Row squad who have now graduated from their L2R training run by Richard and his team. It is encouraging to see so many new athletes on the river – and I look forward to seeing you all progress into the squads and continuing your rowing careers at Maidenhead. Well done!!!

Henley Royal Regatta is now approaching fast and I am very proud to see four crews entered into the 2018 event representing Maidenhead Rowing Club:

  • The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup - (Alex Hollis, Maja Tomasik, Charlotte Williams & Beth Sinnot)
  • The Fawley Challenge Cup - (Harrison Rowe, Victor Kleshnev, Elliott Kemp & Eduardo Marshall)
  • The Fawley Challenge Cup - (Dillon Cook, Ed Rayner, Max Bird & Nat Harlow)
  • The Wyfold Challenge Cup - (Nic Hutchins, Rob Brockwell, Alan Bird & Andrew Scott)

I know that all have worked really had to get this far, and I am sure you will join me in wishing each of the crews and their coaches the best of luck with their final preparations for qualification and racing. I am sure river bank at Henley will be lined with Maidenhead supporters cheering for them on their way down the course!

The junior squads held a fund raising BBQ on 15th June which was well attended by the junior boys and girls, parents and other club members who all enjoyed a very pleasant evening. Sean did an amazing job with the organising committee in preparing the food and running the bar, and the event raised £800 for the club. Fantastic result!

The river is still very busy and with the increase in cruiser traffic and other river users there have been a couple of incidents reported between cruisers and rowing crews. We all need to remember to abide by the rules and practices outlined by the Environment Agency for river usage, and treat other river users with courtesy and respect at all times. Again, if you find yourself in situations with other river users where rules are have not been followed please keep your cool and report the incident to myself or the squad captains when back ashore so that we can follow up through the official channels.

Keep training hard – and I look forward to continued success in competition on the water over the coming weeks as well as good fellowship and support from the riverside!

Regards

Keith

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