This weekend marked the first race for 2015, the Weybridge Winter Head, which at the start of the week was a little in doubt due to the river. But the river chilled out and the race was on! The race was attended by our Junior Women's squad and saw some very close racing. And I'am glad to say the girls won Junior Women's 14 and 15 coxed quad sculls and Junior Women's double sculls, congratulations goes to these crews. Great way to start the year!

The girls WJ14/15 group had a good day at Weybridge Winter Head on Saturday 24th January.


It had been uncertain right up to the preceding Thursday whether the river would drop sufficiently, but it did and we were rewarded with a great days racing in beautiful conditions. Here's Coach Huw's race report...

Dear All,

I hope you have all had a great weekend. Unfortunately due to the river being on red boards we were unable to get any boats out onto the water. Never the less, we had lots of members at the club training on the ergs and bikes and we also had members out on their bikes and running. Some of the junior squad went down to the lake to gain some milage. 

As the river is in flood its very important sessions are planned out in advance to get the most out of the session and to also ensure the facilities are free. I issued a ergo room timetable on Friday to the Squad Captains, I hope this was okay. We will work to ensure that this something we set in stone that can come into play when the Thames goes on to red boards. Also if you want to go to the lake on a weekend it is imperative to plan early on in the week! Book into the lake, plan the trailer and plan the session. It is a fantastic facility that's so close to home, buy we must make sure its all planned so you can get the best session possible!

Dear All,

I hope you all had a very good weekend and didn’t get blown away by the winds and rain. I saw that we had a few crews out on the river practising for racing in hurricanes, hope it helped! 
As we power on through January we look towards the first bit of racing for 2015. There are many events coming up including Thames Valley Trail Head at the local olympic course Dorney. There are also a few competitions heading out on to the tideway in London including Quintin Head and Hammersmith Head all looking forward to the big head races in a few months time! Please note that a lot of events are becoming full very quickly now so i suggest that you plan well in advance for these, as we hope to see many Maidenhead crews performing at these events.
Its that season again for the river to get a bit angry: hopefully not as bad as last year, but there's still time! This may mean that practicing in your racing crews may become harder due to lack of time on the water. Although this is very annoying i do hope you relies its for all of our safety, many clubs will be in the same boat! But cross fingers old Father Thames behaves this year!
A Few Notices
Firstly the first Time Trial of 2015 is sheduled this weekend! Billy Brooks is already planing it, so it maybe worth to get some names for some crews together. PLEASE NOTE due to the current river flow its most likely only going to be open to experienced crews and bigger boats, the final decision on the go ahead will most likely be friday. More details will follow.

Our latest adventure off the river, and a lesson in cycle safety...