In very blustery conditions on Saturday 6th February Maidenhead RC sent a large number of Juniors to Hampton Head on Saturday with 17 all-Maidenhead crews competing plus Victor Kleshnev and Abbie Bird racing in composite double scull pairings (and therefore for time only) in preparation for the forthcoming GB Junior trials. The course length is normally 3000m but it was shortened by 200m to avoid the section at the end which was most exposed to the wind.

The Maidenhead Rowing Club junior trip to compete in Saint Petersburg in Russia took place from 1st-6th October. The trip was conceived a year ago - Katerina Kleshneva, the lead boys coach at the club is a former Olympian originally from St. Petersburg and still has both family and rowing contacts in the city. Some very enthusiastic mums of juniors took soundings and before we knew it, the trip was on. Regular updates and itineraries were provided during the year.

This weekend, our Maidenhead Junior squad made up of 28 athletes (WJ14 – J18) and 6 coaches made their way up to Strathclyde in Scotland for their annual National Championships.


The highlights:
It was a fantastic weekend on all accounts (maybe the weather could have improved a little...), and it is certainly a trip that will be remembered by all. In summary, we came away from the event with 3 GOLDS and 1 SILVER. In addition to this, every athlete that competed qualified for the A and B finals. The weekend got even better when it was noted that the WJ14 4x+ had set a new championship record!

The weekend surely couldn't get any better, but it did...It was announced that the Maidenhead Girls had won the Victrix Victor Ludorum, an award given to the team who collect the most points in womens events over the weekend. After the prize giving, we were asked to stay behind and gather the Maidenhead Boys, we waited suspiciously... to hear that we had also been awarded the Victor Ludorum for the combined effort of the club! It was a very close call between us and our friendly neighbours Claires Court School who were just 1 point behind. Claires Court also had a fantastic weekend with 2 GOLDS, 2 SILVERS and 1 BRONZE. Overall, a very thrilling and rewarding weekend for both clubs.

In more detail...

GB vs France


Back in June, Maidenhead sent several junior crews up to Nottingham for the GB v France team selection trials. The team of Abbie Bird, Kate Woffinden, Ella Holgate, Talia Antioco, Sean O'Mahony, Edoardo Marshall, Elliot Kemp and Victor Kleshnev all put up fantastic efforts in a mix of 1x, 2x, 2-, 4x and 4-.

After a tough day of racing, some miserable wind from Nottingham and a swan attack, the team were thrilled to come away with Victor being awarded a GB Vest for the JM 1x.

Victor went on to race at London Docklands in July at the closed match between the Junior 16 teams for both Great Britain and France. With mum and coach Katerina in tow, he put out a sterling performance to come home with his first medal for the GB team. Congratulations!

Maidenhead Rowing Club has dedicated a new boat to the memory of former member Tim Wildbore.

Managing director of UFit Austin Bailey with club president Paul Lion and Tracy Bailey


Tim was tragically killed in a road accident in February.

The club said he was a talented junior sculler at the club for several years, before moving to Ely, where he became an inspirational junior coach and whose kindness, skill and commitment will be greatly missed.

The new boat has been sponsored by UFit Protein Drinks and was officially christened on Saturday, June 13, by Tracy Bailey, wife of Austin Bailey, the managing director of UFit.

Rowing club president Paul Lion, said: "We're all thrilled that Ufit have so generously supported our junior boys Hudson racing boat.

"We have named the boat in memory of Tim Wildbore, one of our members who sadly passed away recently.

"As you can see, Austin and Tracy gave the boat a fitting launch and we hope the new boat will spur the boys onto greater success."


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