Dear Members

Summer racing is starting to feel like a distant memory as the nights are drawing in, but we have seen our run in racing success continue right into the tail end of the season!

In case you have not heard, on 12th August at the World Junior Rowing Championships Victor Kleshnev won a silver medal in the GB 4x repeating the success of 2017 by holding off a fast finish by Germany to take second place behind home favourites Czech Republic. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Victor on this fantastic achievement!

On 11th August we hosted the annual Maidenhead Regatta which has been running since 1860, and this year was an extremely busy day with an entry of 229 crews from over 40 clubs competing over 157 races - an increase of 20% from last year!  I spoke to a number of people from visiting clubs who really appreciated the effort that went making our event well organised and "stress free" for our visitors, with lots of good food/drink to enjoy and a really friendly "end of season regatta" atmosphere - together with some great racing. It was also good to see so many Maidenhead crews being successful on the water in some thrilling racing! The Maidenhead winning crews are listed below:

WJ14 1x  (Jasmine Stockdale) - coach: Huw Jenkins

WJ13 2x  (Rucha Potdukha & Sylvie Evans)  - coach: Adrian Smith

WJ14 2x (Ellen Gomersall & Dallas Thompson) - coach: Huw Jenkins

WJ14 4x+ (Ellen Gomersall, Abby Jones, Bethyn Roberts, Dallas Thompson & Christa Scott) - coach: Huw Jenkins

Open 4- (Ethan Walters, Elliot Kemp, Sean O’Mahony & Jonny Sneller) - coach: Katerina Kleshneva

W E4x (Janet Woffinden, Maggie Hendry, Janet Dutton & Marion Holmes)

Mixed D4x (Nic Hutchins, Claire Pugh, Nattie Marti & Rob Brockwell)

D1x (Mark Stockdale)

F1x (Marcus Richards)

H1x (Steven Janisch)

E2x (Nick Steel & Marcus Richards) – coach: Jordan Felstead

E4x (Nick Steel, Marcus Richards, Keith Abbott & Tim Hudson) – coach: Jordan Felstead

D8+ (Nic Hutchins, Keith Abbott, Andrew Scott, Rob Brockwell, Nick Steel, Dan Corkin, Huw Jenkins, Dylan Gomersall & Christa Scott ) - coach: Owen Bryant

Once again the regatta was a superb effort by all involved in the organisation and running of the event on the day – so a big thank you to all! Not only did we have a great day of rowing, but we also raised over £3000 for the club's coffers which will be put to good use during the coming year...

Other regattas where Maidenhead crews have seen wins were as follows:

  •  Oxford City Regatta on 18th August saw a number of entries from the club with several 'nearlies' coming very close to winning a special 50th anniversary pot! In the end though there was only one win for Maidenhead: 

AdaM1x (Dan Stevenson) - coach: Nick Steel

  •  Worcester Autumn Regatta on 8th September is an event not often attended by Maidenhead crews, so was good to see a number of squads taking part as well as the following wins:

Open W 2x (Natasha Brown & Caroline Steel)

F1x (Marcus Richards)

The Daytime and Recreational Squad has also been busy, having arranged for 16 members to visit Lake Varese in northern Italy from 6th-10th September for a rowing camp on this huge 9km long international rowing lake.  The participants enjoyed their rowing - which was helped by great weather, good food and drink and a warm welcome from the locals.  Many thanks to Annette Golledge for organising yet another successful overseas visit for the Rec Squad!

Off the water, on 15th September the Junior Squad held its annual end of season Dinner which was well attended by boys and girls from all of the junior squads, parents, supporters and coaches. We were very lucky to have Giedre Rakauskaite, BR Para Rower as the guest speaker who gave an inspirational talk and presented prizes to recipients of the Coaches' Awards.  It was humbling to see the continued success of the Junior Squad at Maidenhead and to celebrate all the hard work and commitment on and off the water that has gone into making 2018 a year to remember! Many thanks also to Chris Sneller and her team of parents for organising the event.

After a really successful racing season for the club in 2018 with wins at local, national and international events for Maidenhead crews, the Squad Captains and I have been spending a lot of time at the Rowing Committee meetings discussing how our racing success can not only be sustained, but developed further in future years. A consistent theme in these discussions is the role played by coaches in optimising a crew’s performance, which I think we all agree is so often a critical determinant in realising a crew’s full potential at all levels of competition. To help us achieve this end we have outlined a Coaching Strategy to develop this coaching competency within the club.

Firstly it is worth saying that coaching can often be seen as a “thankless task” for the individuals concerned, spending hours in the cold/wet on a launch ploughing up and down the Reach – but we are lucky at Maidenhead to have a number of very active and experienced coaches who are very much engaged in training and developing crews across a number of squads. To sustain this, the heart of the coaching strategy is to create an environment within the club where we can attract new coaches, provide them with training and development as they progress their coaching careers – and most importantly to formally recognise the role they play in achieving the competitive success of which we are all so proud! It was also clear from the feedback that I received from members that our coaching strategy had to be built on fairness, transparency and good governance - values that need to be maintained in all aspects of running the club.

The Coaching Strategy can be summarised as follows:

1)  Develop a long term sustainable coaching competency centre within the club by creating a Coaches’ Squad for all volunteer coaches led by an experienced Squad Coaches’ Captain. The Coaches’ Squad will undertake the following:

  • Recognise contribution made to the club by our volunteer coaches:  All volunteer coaches committing >8hrs each month will receive 50% reduction in base membership fees after their first year of being an active coach.
  • Recruit and train our volunteer coaches: The club will embark on a rolling programme to invest up to £5000 (in yr 1 and to be agreed annually thereafter) for the training, development and coaching by professional coaches of our volunteer coaches as directed by the Coaches’ Squad Captain. All new recruits welcome!
  • Manage coaches’ development: Coaches’ Squad Captain to agree assignment of coaches to crews with the other Rowing Squad Captains on quarterly basis as  coaches grow in experience and ability.
  • Share coaching knowledge: Monthly training seminars to be arranged at Coaches’ Squad meetings with expert speakers. Interact with and gain support from British Rowing to share coaching expertise.
  • Non-compulsory: Coaches do not have to join the Coaches’ Squad to be an active coach or receive coaches’ benefits.

2) Fill short term demand for paid coaches/high performance coaches by having a named panel of approved professional coaches from whom members can procure additional coaching services as needed whilst volunteer coaches are developed to this level of proficiency to meet top-end demand. There is no compulsion to use paid coaches, but for the top crews requiring intensive high performance coaching, professional coaches are being used more and more. The aim of our strategy in this sensitive area is to provide a basis for paid coaching within the club environment that is safe, fair and well governed for those who wish to use it:

  • Members Protected: Professional coaches to be CBD checked, launch qualified and first aid trained.
  • Transparent: Names and rates to be added to MRC website. Clear rules for professional coaches (eg Coaches can use MRC fuel/launches if coaching MRC members, but professional coaches cannot coach non-members using club equipment even if members themselves).
  • Well Governed: Need to ensure that professional coaches do not fall under classification of being MRC employees without full Club Committee approval.

3) As a general principle the Club Captain and Coaches’ Squad Captain will seek to ensure that fairness and equality to be maintained by not having combinations of paid/unpaid coaching within squads/crews where some members are subsidising others without the sustained unanimous agreement of all affected parties.
 

So if you have ever fancied giving coaching a go, but not known how to get started, or if you are an experienced coach looking to pick up a crew and share your rowing knowledge with others – now is the time to sign up! Watch out for details of the first Coaches’ Squad meeting to get the initiative up and running...



We have recently upgraded our water safety equipment following an inspection by the RNLI ready for winter training with new life jackets, flotation aids and throw bags being purchased. Thanks to Jim Hotchin, Claire Pugh and Emma Collins for getting this arranged. Please remember to return the equipment to its correct location after use and if you have any issues or queries please ask before you head out on the water.

Another project that has been approved by the Club Committee is the purchase of a towing vehicle to be used to take our boats to regattas and head races. This has been the subject of intense debate over a number of years, but we have now agreed that the time is right to buy a vehicle specifically for this purpose which members can use (subject to insurance conditions) for a small charge per boat seat. This initiative, which I hope to be in place in time for the Fours Head, will reduce the need for the small number of members with a tow bar fitted to their car from having to shoulder this task throughout the year. I will advise of the process for booking the vehicle for events once it is in place.
 
I have had a number of reports from private scull owners that their boats have been used by other members without permission. I know that at peak times there is growing competition for our top 1x boats – which is an issue that we hope to address at the next Rowing Committee meeting to allocate club boats across the squads. If you are having trouble finding a 1x to use please speak to myself or your Squad Captain who will advise you which club boats are available at the correct weight. If you are not sure if a boat is a club boat or not – please do check with your Squad Captain or on the EFA system before using!
 
Gym training and ergo training times for winter training are due to be finalised at the next Rowing Committee meeting also – please try to adhere to these arrangements so that all members can get best use of the training facilities available. We have the junior girls (WJ14/15 and WJ16/17/18) leading the way at Wallingford Long Distance Sculls on 29th September as the first head race for the junior squads this season. Following close in their wake we have the Pairs Head on 6th October, the Fours Head on 3rd November and Vet Fours Head on 4th November for which we have a large number of Maidenhead crews entered. So keep training hard on and off the water!
 
Regards
 
Keith

 

Dear Members

The Head Racing season is now well underway, and already we have seen Maidenhead crews of all ages achieving success at local, national and international events!

  • Wallingford Long Distance Sculls on 29th September saw a number of Maidenhead crews take part from the Junior Squad over the 4250m and 1500m courses, with the following notable performances:

WJ15 4x+ (Ameila Carpenter, Olivia Hall, Jasmine Stockdale, Ametz Parcell-Arregi and Ione Parcell-Arregi – Coach: Huw Jenkins) who despite being impeded by slower crews ahead, still managed to win their event over the longer course by 13sec over second placed Henley and third placed Headington.

WJ15 2x (Ellen Gomersall and Jasmine Stockdale – Coach: Hue Jenkins) won the shorter event over the 1500m course, with the Maidenhead WJ15 2x (Ametz Parcell-Arrigi and Dallas Thompson – Coach: Huw Jenkins) in second place.

WJ14 4x+ (Emma Rayner, Annabel Rayner, Sylvie Evans, Rucha Potdukha and Ione Pacell-Arregi – Coach: Huw Jenkins) also won over the 1500m course in a time that would have seen them placed in the top half of the WJ15 event, with the Maidenhead WJ15 4x+ (Tara Ryan, Olivia Everett, Milly Hall, Scarlett Hunter and Jimmy Hunter – Coach: Huw Jenkins) in second place.

  • Pairs Head on 6th October saw a strong entry from a number of Maidenhead crews who had endure particularly wet weather whilst marshalling. However once racing got underway we saw the following notable performances:

D2- (Alan Bird and Rob Brockwell – Coach: Owen Byrant) won a pennant for achieving first place in their event.

WMasC 2x (Nat Marti and Sue Harker) finished in third place in their event and the 7th fastest time out of the 35 womens’ 2x crews taking part.

  • Reading Small Boats Head on 13th October saw further wins for Maidenhead crews even though the organisers (somewhat prematurely as it turned out) cancelled all of the WJ14 events and the WJ15 small boat events due to forecast strong winds:

    WJ15 4x+ (Ellen Gomersall, Amelia Carpenter, Olivia Hall, Abby Jones and Jimmy Harlow – Coach: Huw Jenkins) won their event by an impressive 25 sec margin to win prizes of engraved whiskey tumblers!
  • Head of the Charles on 20th October once again saw entries from Maidenhead competing on the International stage  in the Men’s Senior Masters Fours event (50-59 age group) where the Maidenhead 4+ (Nic Hutchins, Rob Brockwell, Alan Bird, Andrew Scott and Ali Plump – Coach: Owen Bryant) achieved a creditable 8th place our of 49 entries. 

     
  • Seville Masters International Regatta on 20th and 21st October saw entries from Maidenhead in the G2x and G2- (yes – G!!!) events with the following success:

G2x (Piers Allington and Stephen Janisch) finished in second place behind the French crew, (and a long way ahead of the Russian crew in 3rd place) despite a punishing head wind and driving rain.

G2- (Piers Allington and Stephen Janisch) finished in second place again, but this time behind the Belgian crew and in glorious sunshine!

This year Armistice Day falls on a Sunday, and also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 making it a particularly poignant occasion. The Thames Regional Rowing Council has asked that Members of all clubs across the region observe a moment of silence at 11:00am on 11th November (even if they are out on the water) for what is not only a significant moment in history, but a chance to remember the Members of our own club who lost their lives in the line of duty. There will be a short ceremony in front of the Clubhouse at 11:00am which will be carried out by clubs nationally as a mark of respect – details to be circulated shortly…

As some of you may have already noticed, the club has recently bought our own towing vehicle so that we can now transport our boats to Regattas/Head Races without relying on the one or two Members who have a tow bar fitted to their private vehicles. The club has funded the capital cost of buying the vehicle, but the running costs of the vehicle (eg insurance, tax, repairs, maintenance and depreciation) need to be shared by the Members using the vehicle on a pro rata basis as outlined below. A big thank you needs to go to Dylan who not only organised the purchase, collection and insurance of the vehicle, but has also agreed to manage the vehicle moving forward!

The Committee has agreed the following basis for using the club vehicle:

  • The vehicle can be used by any Member (or Parent volunteer) with a full UK driving licence valid for towing at the discretion of the Vehicle Manager. Note that if you were born after 1997 you will need to have passed the separate DVLA test for trailer towing.
  • There will be a £5 charge per rowing seat towed (inclusive of fuel used) for all trips other than to Dorney Lake (which will be free of charge). This charge was calculated using the data from the past couple of years’ trailer usage (around 80 trips each year) and estimated running costs for the vehicle with the aim of achieving a cost neutral position, and will be reviewed every 12mths and adjusted accordingly. Whilst the “fixed rate” nature of the charge does mean that you are paying more for short trips (eg Marlow) than longer trips (eg Nottingham) it also means that racing costs are spread across the year as the longer trips often have other expenses such as hotels etc which all adds up. Also the “fixed rate” has the advantage of simplicity and transparency to administer and means that the Vehicle Manager isn’t chasing 20 Members for “pennies” after a trip to Marlow...
  • To keep track of wear and tear the driver collecting the vehicle will be asked to complete a short form with details of the driver(s), destination, safety checklist before heading out (eg lights, brakes etc) and details of damage before/after (similar to when you hire a car – but not as scary!) which will be put on the website to be available as needed.
  • There will be club fuel card available for longer trips where fuel top-ups are needed.
  • International trips will need to be arranged separately as additional insurance cover will be required and fuel costs for such trips have not been included in the fixed charge calculation.
  • If Members still want to use their own towing vehicle or make other arrangements for boat transportation, this is fine and the trailers can be booked as before.
  • In the rare cases (usually not more than once or twice a year) where both trailers are needed on the same day, the following approach will be applied:
    • For shared trailer destinations, the club vehicle will be used to tow the heaviest load and the private vehicle owner will be compensated using the calculation used at present. The fixed charge per seat will apply equally for boats on both trailers.
    • For separate trailer destinations, the club vehicle will be assigned to tow to the destination with the heaviest load and the fixed charge for using the club vehicle will apply. The other trailer will need a Member with a private vehicle to tow them (who will be compensated using the calculation used at present) paid directly by the Members racing at the secondary destination, but the fixed club vehicle charge will not apply.
  • When the new emissions charge for diesel vehicles come into force across the Greater London area, we will have to review how to accommodate this additional cost for trips to the Tideway.
  • The club vehicle will not be available for private hire/usage (eg trips to the rubbish dump).

Please forward your booking requests to Dylan directly. We will be tracking closely how this new asset for the club is working out and will keep the usage rules under review so that accessing the club vehicle is straightforward, safe, fair to all and cost neutral to the club – if you have any suggestions or concerns please let me know.

I can also appreciate that towing a large trailer may seem a daunting prospect for many, so if there is interest, we can arrange for “towing practice” sessions for Members who want to tow but would appreciate the chance to have some “dry runs” (ie without boats on the trailer) and with a more experienced Member on hand to advise – please let Dylan or I know if you would be interested in this.

As many of you will know, Karon retired from New Wave earlier this month after many years as their UK agent for supply of club racing kit to Maidenhead RC. Karon’s support in this regard has been very much appreciated and I would like to thank her for all the hard work over the years keeping us properly attired whilst representing the club on the water. It is really important that as a club we all wear the same kit at Regattas and Head Races – not only for “esprit de corps”, but also to comply with BR directives and prevent crews from being issued penalties, so confirming new supply arrangements for kit is a top priority. To address this issue, the Committee has approved a Members’ project team to review the following:

  • To select the official supplier(s) of Maidenhead RC racing kit (same design as at present) on the basis of quality, price and ease of supply. An effective on-line ordering capability direct to Members’ home addresses will be a key selection criteria. This is the top priority that needs to be completed as quickly as possible.
  • Work with the selected supplier(s) to extend the range of official Maidenhead RC attire to meet the needs of all Members. The project team will be seeking input on this point from all of the squads, so if the Veteran Men are looking for the latest design of hoodie/baseball cap – now is the time to ask!
  • Agree the frequency and next date for review of the official Maidenhead RC racing kit design. We will be keeping the design as is for the time being, but it is important that plenty of notice be given of a design review so that inputs can be requested from all squads and purchasing decisions adjusted as necessary.
  • Review the opportunities for sponsorship of club racing kit. A number of other clubs have taken this direction to reduce costs of kit for their Members, but it is important that we carefully review this option and agree on the best direction to take.
  • All proposals to be approved by the Club Committee.

If you are interested in joining this project team or have any suggestions to make please let me know!

Unfortunately, I have received complaints from our neighbours in the flats next door to the clubhouse of noise from the ergo room, which on busy days starts early in the morning and continues off and on throughout the day until late evening. Clearly the ergos are a key element of our winter training – but the noise of 12 machines being used together, radio on full blast and verbal encouragement from coaches etc needs to be contained. On the other hand, we need to ensure sufficient cooling and ventilation to keep athletes as comfortable as possible whilst training, especially in summertime.

As a trial running up to end-December, the Committee have agreed to keep the two roof windows adjacent to the flats permanently closed to assess if this significantly alleviates the noise issue – the windows overlooking the river and car park can still all be opened as needed. Dylan will be installing temperature and humidity sensors in the ergo room which will be periodically checked before/after training sessions at different times of the day so that at the end of the trial period we can make informed decisions on noise management and cooling arrangements (eg fans, air-conditioning, window tinting etc) that will enable us to strike the right balance moving forward. Your support during this trial period is much appreciated – and please let me know if you have any feedback to add to this study.

Well done for a great start to the winter racing season – and keep training hard on and off the water!

Regards

Keith


 

Dear Members

You may be aware that since 19 August, Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club have been locked out of their premises by Hounslow Borough Council who are denying the club access to the boathouse unless they give up their existing lease (due to expire in 2033) and move to a rolling six-month licence.  The story is on the TTRC website at https://ttrc.org.uk/save-ttrc/ and several other media outlets.

The club has set up a petition requesting that Hounslow Borough Council withdraw the eviction. Thames Tradesmen's hope is that enough people will sign the petition to convince the Council to get them back on the water, so their members can carry on doing what they love most – rowing.  Within 24 hours, the petition had received over 7,000 signatures.

For many years TTRC has hosted Maidenhead Rowing Club for the Fours and Eights Heads.  So I am sure many of you will want to show your support for TTRC by signing the petition and helping them to gain access to their club again.  Please spread the news to your friends, rowers and non-rowers alike.  #SaveTTRC.

With many thanks

Dawn 

Dear Members,

This is the first of what I hope will be regular updates on the club racing successes and activities so we can all keep track of the many activities and ambitions ongoing across the club. In my first weeks as Captain the scale of endeavour across the club has amazed me which you can see reflected in this report - there is a lot going on! I have also been trying to find time to meet with representatives of each of the squads so I can get you know you better and understand the support you need to realise your rowing ambitions – but if I haven’t spoken to you yet or if you still have some thoughts to share please grab me on the pontoons for a chat...

The annual Maidenhead Junior Regatta took place on 20th May and was another resounding success with near perfect racing conditions. First of all I have to thank Liam and the Regatta Committee for organising the event, and the legions of members and parents who volunteered on the day to help run the event. There were 11 visiting local clubs and schools with 340 juniors competing in 74 crews, spread across 15 events and 98 races (plus a couple or re-rows after dead heats). As usual it was well supported by the visiting clubs and schools with crews from Claire's Court School, Henley Rowing Club, Great Marlow School, Guildford Rowing Club, Canford School, Wellington College BC, Shiplake Vikings, Lady Eleanor Holles School, Headington School, Fulham Reach Boat Cub and our neighbouring club Eton Excelsior.

Maidenhead RC enjoyed a particularly successful day with six wins (more than any other club) in the following categories events:

• J15 4x+: (Nat Harlow, Dillon Cook, Ed Rayner, Nilay Patel & Ametz Parcell-Arregi (cox))
• J14 Coxed 4x: (Jacob Ioras, Max Bird, Danny Lewis, Filip Damon & Unai Parcell-Arregi (cox))
• J16 2x: (Dillon Cook & Ed Rayner)
• WJ13 4x+: (Isobel Mayhew-Smith, Scarlet Hunter, Rucha Potdukhe, Annabel Rayner, Ione Parcell-Arregi)
• WJ15 4x+: (Stephanie Stuij, Ella Myers, Christa Scott and Hannah Leeper & Ametz Parcell Arregi (cox))
• WJ16 2x: (Hannah Leeper & Tilly Bishop)

The Victor Ludorum prize for most wins by a visiting club was shared Henley Rowing Club and Guildford Rowing Club with three wins each. Prizes were presented by Zoe Lee, stroke of the silver medal winning Great Britain women’s eight from the Rio Olympics accompanied by our very own former Maidenhead RC junior and world championships silver medallist in 2017, Jack Beaumont.

Other Successes in April/May:

J18 Boys have enjoyed some early successes for the season at Munich representing GB:

• J18 B 4x where Elliott Kemp, Eduardo Marshall + 2 scullers from Tideway Scullers School and Chester-Le-Street winning Gold medals against crews from Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Austria and Germany.
• J18 1x (Victor Kleshneva) winning Silver.
• J18 A 4x: Victor Kleshneva raced with boys from Windsor Boys School, Globe and Glocester winning Bronze medals.

The J18 boys also saw success at the GB Trials in Nottingham where in the 1x competition Victor Kleshneva finished 1st and Eduardo Marshall 2nd.

The Junior girls had wins at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta on 21st April:

• WJ14 4x+: (Amelia Carpenter, Olivia Hall, Jasmine Stockdale, Ametz Parcell-Arregi, (cox) Ione Parcell-Arregi) winning Gold medals
• WJ15 2x: (Izzy Sellers & Elizabeth Hollis) winning Silver medals


Maidenhead also saw wins at the Junior Sculling Regatta on 5th May:

• WJ14 2x: (Amelia Carpenter & Jasmine Stockdale) winning Gold medals
• WJ14 2x: (Ellen Gomersall & Dallas Thompson) winning Silver medals
• J18 1x: (Harrison Rowe) winning Gold

The Adaptive squad is getting off the ground after winter training with Dan Stevenson receiving a novice medal in the AdaM1x event at Phyllis Court invitational time trials in April.

And finally, the Veteran Men’s squad saw their first win of the season at Putney Town Regatta with a D4x (Nick Steel, Mark Stockdale, Keith Abbott & Tim Hudson).

The Maidenhead RC annual dinner was held on 12th May which was well attended by members past and present representing all the squads. In addition to the excellent food and drink, attendees were able to enjoy a video compilation of the club achievements over the past 20 years since the new clubhouse has been in place. Again many thanks to the organising committee who did and amazing job!

Now that the river is starting to get busy we have seen a sharp increase in damage to equipment, which has taken a number of boats out of action over the past weeks whilst they are repaired. Most of this damage was avoidable, so please make every effort to read the safety plan and take care on the water particularly when navigating the bridge. If you have any questions regarding safety please contact Claire/Emma or your squad captains who will be glad to advise.

It is also important to remember that the river itself is our most important asset, and with the increase in fine weather of cruiser traffic and other river users we all need to remember to abide by the rules and practices outlined by the Environment Agency for river usage and treat other river users with courtesy and respect at all times. If you are in situations with other river users where rules are have not been followed please keep your cool and report the incident to myself or the squad captains when back ashore so that we can follow up through the official channels.

The next few weeks (and indeed this weekend!) promise to hold even more excitement as we get closer to key events in the rowing calendar at Henley and the National Championships – so work hard in your training and preparation, and good luck when racing...!
Regards

Keith

Dear Members

The summer racing season is now in full swing, and we have seen a huge number of wins for Maidenhead Rowing Club in the past month at a number of Local and National events. It is fantastic to see our athletes rewarded for their hard work in training which does great credit to the club’s standing!

National Schools Regatta on 25th-27th May saw a strong contingent from Maidenhead junior boy's and junior girl's squads taking part, with the following wins being achieved:

J18 4x championship Gold (Victor Kleshneva, Elliott Kemp, Eduardo Marshall & Harrison Rowe)

J18 2x championship Gold (Victor Kleshneva & Harrison Rowe)

WJ14 4x+ Gold (Amelia Carpenter, Olivia Hall, Jasmine Stockdale, Ametz Parcell-Arregi & India White (cox)) who set a new National Schools Regatta record time of 3:38.59 in the final!

WJ14 4x+  Gold (Ellen Gomersall, Abby Jones, Bethyn Roberts, Dallas Thompson & Christa Scott (cox)) qualified for the B final which they won. This crew also won Gold medals as the fastest second crew of the day from any club or school

WJ15 4x+ Bronze (Stephanie Stuij, Izzy Sellers, Elizabeth Hollis, Hannah Leeper & Ametz Parcell-Arregi (cox)) coming 3rd in the B final (9th overall)

Twickenham Regatta on 26th May was well attended by Maidenhead crews from the senior men’s, senior women’s, masters ladies’ and veteran men’s squads with the following crews achieving wins:

Open 1x (Sam McCoriston)

Open 2x (Ross McCoriston & Sam McCoriston)

WSenior 4x (Natasha Brown, Vicky Palmer, Caroline Steel & Kelsey Murrell)

WMas B/C2x (Nattie Marti & Claire Pugh)

Mas C4+ (Rob Harris, Dan Corkin, Andy Burrows, Dylan Gomersall & Tegan Pereira-Rego (Cox))

Mas E4x (Nick Steel, Marcus Richards, Piers Alington & Keith Abbott)

Mas E2x (Nick Steel & Marcus Richards)

Peterborough Spring Regatta on 2nd-3rd June, an event not often attended by Maidenhead crews, but the following wins were achieved by the veteran men:

Mas D4- (Nic Hutchins, Alan Bird, Rob Brockwell & Andrew Scott)

Mas D2- (Nic Hutchins & Andrew Scott)

Weybridge Ladies Regatta on 10th June saw further success for the senior women’s and masters ladies’ squads with wins for:

WSenior 4x (Natasha Brown, Vicky Palmer, Caroline Steel & Kelsey Murrell)

WSenior 2x (Natasha Brown & Kelsey Murrell)

WSenior 2x (Caroline Steel & Vicky Palmer)

WMasC/D 1x (Sue Harker)

Marlow Town Regatta on 16th June saw further wins for the Adaptive squad:

AdaM1x (Dan Stevenson)

SupAda2x (1 armed) (Steve Bloyce & Dylan Gomersall)

SupAda2x (Dan Stevens & Poppy Jaminson) 

Reading Amateur Regatta on 17th June saw some stiff competition for the Maidenhead junior squads with Stephen Hughes winning the J16 1x A final

Masters National Championships on 16th-17th June in Nottingham saw yet another strong entry from Maidenhead’s masters ladies’ and veteran men’s squads with Maidenhead Rowing Club being ranked 7th out of the 90 clubs participating in the overall Victor Ludorum.

Championship medals were awarded for:

WB2x Gold (Claire Pugh & Nattie Marti)

D4-  Gold (Nic Hutchins, Rob Brockwell, Alan Bird & Andrew Scott

D2-  Gold (Nic Hutchins & Andrew Scott)

D2-  Silver (Rob Brockwell & Alan Bird)

Non-Championship medals were awarded for:

WD1x Gold (Sue Harker)

E4x Gold (Nick Steel, Marcus Richards, Keith Abbott & Tim Hudson)

Congratulations also to all of the Learn to Row squad who have now graduated from their L2R training run by Richard and his team. It is encouraging to see so many new athletes on the river – and I look forward to seeing you all progress into the squads and continuing your rowing careers at Maidenhead. Well done!!!

Henley Royal Regatta is now approaching fast and I am very proud to see four crews entered into the 2018 event representing Maidenhead Rowing Club:

  • The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup - (Alex Hollis, Maja Tomasik, Charlotte Williams & Beth Sinnot)
  • The Fawley Challenge Cup - (Harrison Rowe, Victor Kleshnev, Elliott Kemp & Eduardo Marshall)
  • The Fawley Challenge Cup - (Dillon Cook, Ed Rayner, Max Bird & Nat Harlow)
  • The Wyfold Challenge Cup - (Nic Hutchins, Rob Brockwell, Alan Bird & Andrew Scott)

I know that all have worked really had to get this far, and I am sure you will join me in wishing each of the crews and their coaches the best of luck with their final preparations for qualification and racing. I am sure river bank at Henley will be lined with Maidenhead supporters cheering for them on their way down the course!

The junior squads held a fund raising BBQ on 15th June which was well attended by the junior boys and girls, parents and other club members who all enjoyed a very pleasant evening. Sean did an amazing job with the organising committee in preparing the food and running the bar, and the event raised £800 for the club. Fantastic result!

The river is still very busy and with the increase in cruiser traffic and other river users there have been a couple of incidents reported between cruisers and rowing crews. We all need to remember to abide by the rules and practices outlined by the Environment Agency for river usage, and treat other river users with courtesy and respect at all times. Again, if you find yourself in situations with other river users where rules are have not been followed please keep your cool and report the incident to myself or the squad captains when back ashore so that we can follow up through the official channels.

Keep training hard – and I look forward to continued success in competition on the water over the coming weeks as well as good fellowship and support from the riverside!

Regards

Keith

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