Last year GCD chose to name and brand one of our new Kanghua quads and this year the GCD team has extended their support for the club.
Another of the founding partners in our business programme, Cliveden House Hotel, has also pledged their support for the club for this season.
Laura Lion, Commercial Officer for Maidenhead Rowing Club, commented "We're delighted that we continue to have the support of local businesses as it's vital to the success of our club. All of our coaches and support staff are volunteers and they give their time to support the development of our athletes. We'd like to say a big thank you to our partners who continue to work with us".
Businesses who want to join our partner programme can find out more here.
A local protein drinks company based in Maidenhead has chosen to support the club by branding a junior boys Hudson racing boat. UFIT is a protein-rich drink created by The Protein Drinks Company and their Commercial Director Austin Bailey said, "We're very happy to be supporting our local sporting community and putting something back into Maidenhead"
The Shanly Foundation primarily supports good causes within the Home Counties but also donate to major international projects, such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2013 Philippines typhoon relief projects.
We are very grateful for the Shanly Foundation's commitment to the rowing club which will allow us to give more youngsters a chance to experience the many benefits of rowing. Read more about the Foundation here.
A new safety alert addressing boat positioning has been issued. Please read it here.
We have recently completed a lifejacket/PFD check, and removed some for maintenance. Several are missing from the hooks in the boathouse. We would like to check their conditions. Please return ALL lifejackets/PFDs to the boathouse before 18 April. Once checked we will be issuing regular coaches with an allocated lifejacket. Please remember to check the weight-rating of any lifejacket/PFD before use, and wear it correctly.
As the weather conditions improve and we get more boats onto the water, please remind yourselves of the following:
- Steering/look-out: ensure your cox/steer is appropriately experienced and looks-out frequently.
- Navigation: follow designated pattern, avoid middle third of the river.
- Turning points: turn at specified points only.
- Cruisers and canoeists: pay particular attention to other river users, they may not see you.
- Coaching launches: only seat the designated number in the launches, unless being used in a rescue situation (following risk assessment). Use kill cords at all times. Check your lifejacket/PFD is appropriate for your weight, correctly worn, and you know how to use it. Check safety bag contents. Carry a cell phone with key contacts (list next to emergency phone in boathouse).
- Risk assessment: everyone is responsible for their own safety. Do your own risk assessment (capability/experience, conditions, equipment) before each and every outing. If in doubt, do an ergo instead.
Please learn and abide by our rules. They are on the website, and hardcopies posted at the clubhouse. Look after each other.
MRC Water Safety Advisor
Well its been a very busy week for MRC lots of events and lots of great results. Our athletes results this week show that Maidenhead is beginning to flex its muscles for the 2015 season. Before I go into the results I think its worth thanking all our supporters, parents and coaches for the amount of work they put into providing the strong team we all need as members and competitors.
Oarsport Junior Sculling Head.
Firstly a massive well done to our J17 quad who won their event by 14 seconds this result would have also got them into the top 7 in the j18 quad division. Our j16 boys quad came 8th in their division whilst the junior girls j16 quad came in 6th respectfully. The junior girls j15 quad came 5th and the junior girls j14 quad came joint 2nd with Marlow RC. These are some fantastic results for the ever strengthening Junior squad and thank you for representing the club so well.
Kingston Head of the River.
We only had one crew entered into this event this year being the women's HP quad. The girls won the event by a big margin showing their dominance in this event early on in the season. The race was interesting due to the massive head winds on the course, this included the bow woman (Maddy Dobson) ending up feet up after nearly being ejected from the boat, but the crew came through it all and won in great fashion.
Junior Inter Regional Trials.
Well if the Juniors hadn't already impressed us on Tuesday they again brought back some great results from JIRR at Dorney lake yesterday. Maidenhead athletes recorded first places in the j15 1x, wj14 4x, j16 4x, not to mention a few 2nd and 3rd places. A great job again by the athletes and coaches.
Tim was tragically killed at Ely in a car accident on 18th February.
He was a talented junior sculler at MRC for several years, before moving to Ely, where he became an inspirational junior coach and whose kindness, skill and commitment will be greatly missed.
Maidenhead Rowing Club extends its deepest sympathy to Tim's family and friends.