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Maidenhead Rowing Club invites you to try your hand at rowing

Maidenhead Rowing Club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities.

We run regular induction sessions and learn to row courses. Click on the Learn to Row for the latest information.

Read more about the club.

The Club has a long history and boasts well over 300 junior and senior members who row at all levels from recreational through to National and International.

Relatives of one of our recently honored members Roy 'Willie' Smith created a video in tribute to him which gives a flavour of the club and crews dating back to the 1930's.

Established in 1876, the Club's first Captain was William Grenfell, later Lord Desborough of Taplow and Mayor of Maidenhead. He competed for Oxford in the dead heat boat race of 1877 and also rowed the channel in an either.

Following the Club's first Henley success in 1924, Jack Arnold extended the premises at Maidenhead Bridge which were opened in 1926. Jack was himself a successful oarsman between 1903 and 1920.

In 1939, Maidenhead entered the Wyfolds and won the final against Tigre Boat Club, Argentina - an especially popular win since most of the events at Henley that year were won by overseas competitors. Aubrey Lion was in this winning crew and went on to become Club President in 1977.

Bert Bushnell and Richard Burnell won the Double Sculls at the Olympic Regatta at Henly in 1948. Further victories have maintained Maidenhead's record as one of the three most successful up-river clubs at Henley Royal Regatta, along with Leander and Oxford University.

Winning the Britannia Cup at Henley in 1985 prompted fundraising to build the present boathouse, helped by a National Lottery Sports Council grant. Olympic champion Sir Steven Redgrave opened the new boathouse in June 1998.

The facilities at the new clubhouse allow the Club to offer rowing to all, with an inclusive policy.

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Maidenhead Rowing Club runs a series of adult (18+) Learn to Row courses aimed at those who have never rowed before and fancy giving it a go.

  • For enquiries regarding Junior Learn to Row, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the Junior squad pages here.

The courses are run by experienced coaches who are British Rowing accredited.

Evening courses comprise 8 x 2-hour sessions held at the Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. In addition, this year we will be running one course on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon starting at 2:00 pm and one on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 9:30am: see below for the dates.

Course Overview

* Introduction Session: Your first visit to the Club will be an introduction to the sport of rowing and to the Club, outlining how it is run and the facilities on offer. This session will give you the opportunity to get to know the coaches and your fellow course attendees. Please come in sports kit, as there will be an introduction to technique.

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* The Course: We will teach you the basics of sculling (an oar in each hand) to a determined level in wide and stable boats. Depending on river conditions you will also be able to go out in a single scull.

* Post Learn to Row: At the end of the course there will be the opportunity to join the club and enroll in a Stage 2 Intermediate course where further coaching and supervised outings will be available over a 3 month period. At the end of this period there will be the opportunity to join either the Recreational or Competitive squads subject to meeting the appropriate squad criteria.

 * How to Apply: The cost of the Learn to Row Stage 1 course is £175.00 per person which includes membership of the Club for the duration of the course. 


The courses are very popular and are restricted in terms of numbers on each course. So if you are interested, in order to secure a place on the best course for you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as soon as you can. We will contact you and run through the options so you get onto the appropriate course. If you would like to then take a place on the course suggested then simply download the application form from the web site and submit along with the course fee.

Click here to download and complete the Application Form. Post your completed Application Form to the address provided together with a cheque for £175.00 made payable to the "Maidenhead Rowing Club". Write your full name, telephone number and email address on the back of the cheque.

Please mark for the attention of the Learn to Row Administrator, Marion Holmes.

Please note that rowing is a physical sport and there will be some lifting and carrying of boats at each session. In addition you must be able to swim at least 50 metres in light clothing to undertake these courses. 

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British Rowing Certified. Maidenhead Rowing Club is one of the major rowing clubs in the country to hold British Rowing accreditation as a Learn to Row Centre.

                                         Learn to Row Courses in 2017


Course A (1st evening course). 6.30pm-8.30pm - Max 8 candidates  FULL

Dates: Mon 24, Wed 26 April, Tues 2nd, Wed 3rd, Mon 8th, Wed 10th, Mon 15th, Wed 17th May

Course B (2nd evening course). 6.30pm-8.30pm - Max 8 candidates  FULL

Dates: Tues 30th, Wed 31st May, Mon 5th, Wed 7th, Mon 12th, Wed 14th, Mon 19th, Wed 21st June

Daytime course. 9.30am-11.30am - Max 8 candidates   3 Places left

Tues 25th, Thurs 27th April, Tues 2nd, Thurs 4th, Tues 9th, Thurs 11, Tues 16, Thurs 18 May

Weekend course. 2pm-4pm - Max 8 candidates FULL

Sat 17, Sun 18th, Sat 24th, Sun 25th June, Sat 1st, Sun 2nd, Sat 8th, Sun 9th July

Intensive courses. 10.30am-2.30pm (includes a break for lunch). 2 OR 4 candidates required to run these courses

One of our coaches is available to coach intensively during school holiday times.

Possible dates are:

Mon 10th-Thurs 13th April inclusive

Tues 30th May - 2nd June inclusive

Mon 17th –Thurs 20th July inclusive

If your preferred course is full, please contact Marion so you can go on the waiting list in case of cancellations.

Application Form here: Click Here

For all enquiries regarding Adult Learn to Row courses, please email Marion Holmes at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For enquiries regarding Junior Learn to Row, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the Junior squad pages here.

                                             Local Business Partner Programme

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Maidenhead Rowing Club is the leading rowing club in the Windsor and Maidenhead area. We have over 300 members, alongside our volunteer coaches and supporters.
Our members include international juniors right through to a thriving senior squad.

As well as competing in many regional, national and international races, the club hosts two popular annual regattas under Brunel’s sounding arch attracting hundreds of competitors and spectators in May and August 2017.


How your company can get involved

By becoming a valued partner of Maidenhead Rowing Club your company can raise your profile and promote your products to an increasing local audience.

You’ll also be supporting and inspiring the future of local rowers; highlighting your company’s commitment to sporting excellence, talent development and corporate social responsibility.

You also benefit from our dedicated Marketing team working to promote your business in our club communications, local PR and events.

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To find out more about our partnerships please...

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You can find news articles about the club, copies of emails sent to members, race results and what's up and coming both racing and socially.


Take a look at the photo gallery for a great record of all aspects of the club.


And don't forget to take a look at progress on the Gym project, which represents a significant investment for the club and will provide a hugh step up in the land training facilities for members.


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