We're delighted to welcome FOUR new business partners into the club and thank them for their support for this coming season.
- Energy Saving Lighting - are generously supporting the junior boys coaches and our junior regatta.
Paul Daly is the MD: contact him if you need to save some money on commercial lighting. ESL have already suggested ways that we can save money in the club with motion sensitive lighting in our boathouse. Find out more here http://www.energysavinglighting.org/
- Kempton Carr Croft - Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants based in Maidenhead and offices throughout the Thames Valley. KCC provides independent expertise, advice and services relating to commercial and residential property and land to help you with your important property decisions. http://www.kemptoncarr.co.uk/
- Nene Overland - Now that the Stafferton Way Link Road has been opened, Nene Overland have well and truly arrived in Maidenhead. Located next to Lidl and opposite Homebase, plenty of drivers will see their displays of Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Cherokee Jeeps and my favourite the Ford Mustang. Nene Overland provides Sales, Service and Hire vehicles http://www.neneoverland.co.uk/
- Vivid - You'll probably know them better as the very useful "Living Along The Thames" magazine that drops through your door every couple of months. You can read the latest issue here http://vividtitles.co.uk/magazine/
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 WJ15 coxed quad of Beth Sinnott, Izzie Bird, Olivia Webster, Millie Holgate and Cox Toby Goodhew took the first place prize in a huge and competitive field of 25 boats, finishing 3 seconds ahead of Latymer Upper School who were in second place. A really composed row from the girls in difficult conditions.
The J18 quad of Victor Kleshnev, Edoardo Marshall, Elliott Kemp and Sean O'Mahony took second place just 4 seconds behind Northwich RC who had previously won the prestigious Fours Head - an excellent result. Edoardo and Elliott also combined well in the J16 double scull for another second place, just 2 seconds behind the winners and 10 seconds in front of the third placed boat.
There were very commendable rows right across the squads.
- The WJ15 Eight (Beth Sinnott, Izzie Bird, Olivia Webster, Millie Holgate, Beth Anderson, Esme Smith, Georgia Howell, Lena Tomasik Cox: Toby Goodhew) came 5th out of 11 in its first ever race. A great opening effort in this boat.
- The WJ14 Quad (Alexandra Hollis, Polly Bennett, Jess Stavropulous and Esther Coomber, coxed by Oliva O'Mahony) came 5th out of 16 - a very big improvement from previous results.
- The WJ15 doubles (LenaTomasik/Natalie Ashbrook) and Beth Anderson/Esme Smith) came 7th and 10th respectively out of 12 - again a good effort from very inexperienced crews.
- The other WJ15 quad (Olivia O'Mahony, Alexandra, Polly, Natalie. Cox: Naomi Ross-Masson) came 23rd, but this was an inexperienced crew with two WJ14s in the boat.
- The WJ18 quad of Talia Antioco, Millie Hyde, Rosie Harris & Eliza Bennett with three 3/4 crew racing above their age group placed 14th of 21 crews narrowly missing out on an overtake at the finish line!
- The WJ16 double scull of Rosie Harris & Naomi Ross-Masson despite having not trained together in this combination put out a brilliant race to place 6th out of 11.
- The WJ18 composite double that raced was the combination of Abbie Bird and her doubles partner Izzy Taylor from Marlow RC. The girls will be competing together in Boston on 20th February for the second round of GB Junior Trials. Due to entering as a composite, the girls had to race "time only" but their time would have seen them rank 7th out of 23 crews, an encouraging result for their first race together.
- J18 quad: Charlie Collins, Jordan Felstead, Liam Doodson, Jonny Sneller took 12th position out of 22 - a very good result for a very lightweight crew.
- J16 quad: Harrison Rowe, Lewis Downie, Sergio Collett, Ben Stepney (with 2 boys racing one year up and started rowing only last summer) were 11th out of 22.
- J18 double scull: Victor Kleshnev raced with his new partner for the February GB trials from Sir William Borlase school, Joe Wolfin. That was their first race together and
they raced for time only and with their result would have take the 7th place out of 19 competitors.
- J18 double scull: Charlie Collins and Jordan Felstead took official 8th place, Jonny Sneller and Liam Doodson were 12th, James Leatherbarrow and Lewis Spurling - 18th.
- J16 double scull: Edoardo Marshall and Elliott Kemp rowed very well and got the 2nd place, missing just 2 seconds on winning and 10 seconds ahead of the third place.
- J16 double scull: Harrison Rowe and Ben Stepney raced in absolutely new boat for them were 5th out of 11 crews, excellent result for this new crew combination.
- J15 double scull Sergio Collett and Lewis Downie worked very hard, mastered steering very well in the challenging weather and were 5th out of 7 competitors in this category.
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.
So well organised were the parents that we even provided our own pilot in the form one of the juniors' dads, a BA pilot who used what should have been his day off to fly us there!
The group stayed in an area boasting many new sports facilities including the new Zenit Saint-Peterburg football stadium in construction for the 2018 world cup. At breakfast on the first morning we gained the impression that all Russians were extremely tall only to discover that the hotel was full of basketball players. Then a group of smaller Russians came in - the cyclists, competing at the next door velodrome.
Maidenhead were hosted by the English Rowing Club of Saint Petersburg (Honorary Chairman: Sir Steve Redgrave) a club originally founded in 1864 by British expatriates and which was re-opened on its original site on the Krestovka river embankment (part of the delta of the River Neva on which Saint Petersburg is situated) in 2010. We were excellently looked after with evening barbecues and lunches at the club. There are several other rowing clubs in the vicinity but crews also came from further afield in Russia for the race.
Great to see so many new rowers out on the water during the late summer evenings.
Here are some reminders for us all particularly relevant to our reach during busy times.
- Steering/look-out: ensure your cox/steer is appropriately experienced and looks-out frequently. If you see someone approaching, and on course for potential collision, please remember to shout ‘look ahead sculler/double/quad’. Do not assume they have seen you.
- Navigation: follow designated pattern, avoid middle third of the river.
- Turning points: turn at specified points only (immediately downstream of the A4 roadbridge – not off the pontoons; immediately upstream of the Sounding arch – primarily for crews returning from Boulters lock-to-lock pieces; and in the Bray lock cut), and take a good look out before starting to turn.
- Cruisers and canoeists: pay particular attention to other river users, they may not see you.
- Whiteboard: if you are boating outside designated squad times, please use the whiteboard propped up next to the cox-box and key lockers. Remember to erase your entry when you return from your outing.
- Lifejackets/PFDs: Vero Jones is doing a fantastic job maintaining our lifejackets and PFDs. If you notice any damage or defects, please advise her.
- Coaching launches:
- 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.
We have had a couple of near-misses recently. Please be aware of your surroundings, particularly other boats.
Please learn and abide by our rules. They are on the website (here), and hardcopies posted inside and outside the clubhouse.
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.
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!