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.
This weekend saw two of our juniors head up to Boston for the GB squad February Assessments. Abbie Bird and Sean O'Mahony had a tough two days of competition racing against the best in the country.
Recent incidents on the Tideway and at our club remind us to learn and practice the safety basics.
- Cold water rowing:check temperature before boating (easy to read floating thermometer on the pontoon directly in front of the status board). If temperature is below 5 deg. C at night – no boating. Remember the ‘one degree, one minute rule’ (the ratio of temperature to survival in cold water). Check the rules for restrictions applying below 8 deg. C
- Night time rowing: wear high visibility clothing and/or ‘snap bands’ to make you more visible if you capsize and are separated from the boat. Check the rules for restrictions on who may boat.
- Capsizes:know the drill (stay with boat, get as much of your body out of the water as possible)
- Coaches/launch drivers:use the kill cord at all times. Check your lifejacket 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). Crews must look out for the safety of their coaches just as much as they look out for the crews
- Boat positioning: don’t underestimate the strength of the stream on the boat’s manoeuvrability. Pay particular attention at ‘pinch points’ (Bray corner, boathouse reach). Use designated turning points
- 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.
Maidenhead Rowing Club's team of 13 juniors, six women and four senior/ veteran men returned from Sunday's inaugural British Rowing Indoor Championships with an impressive haul of five medals.
Mixing it with the GB rowing squad and Olympic medallists, and enjoying the atmosphere at the Olympic Velodrome in London, the younger categories raced over fixed times while the sixth form, senior and veteran categories were raced over the 2km international distance.