Hello All,

I hope you all have had a great weekend and couple weeks full of some good training. Things are busy at the club with squads well into Head season training and competing at the local heads all in the run up for the big heads on the tideway in about a months time.

Unfortunately I must start on a sad note, as some of you may know a coach lost his life on the tideway this week having become separated from his launch. This is a tragic event and our thoughts go out to all effected. This incident does bring it home that things can go wrong and we must make sure they don’t. This maybe a good time to take a step back and asses how you go about safety at the club and personally as a rower. We have a great safety team at the club ready to help and advise, they work hard to keep what we do safe. So please make sure you reacquaint yourselves with basic safety in our sport it doesn’t take long you may need it one day.

Racing

Last weekend was Quintin Head on the tideway and we had one crew racing from the Vet Mens squad. They had a strong race after a long wait at the start, they raced in MAS E and out of 8 in their class they came in 6th in 14.32. This was the first head for the Vets this year and the first tideway head of the year experience from this will be valuable for the up and coming Vets Head.

BIRC

Today was the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the Olympic Velodrome. We had a strong contingent of Maidenhead athletes and some great results. This is a fantastic event in the most awesome of arenas and was a real eye opener for indoor rowing. Who knew ergo racing could be edge of the seat stuff!!! Maidenhead athletes brought home a Silver and 4 Bronze medals. Well done to Marcus,Matt,Charlie,Amaia,Zoe,Emma,Maddy,Catharine,Millie,Abbie,Claudia,Kate,Ella,Rav and Alexandria. It was great to have so many Maidenhead athletes at such a great event well done to all. Next year we will be pushing the BIRC even harder it would be great to get even more Maidenhead athletes performing at this national level. For results please go HERE

LouiseBaylisThe Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust  is the owner of the Maidenhead Advertiser and a valued donor to many local community groups. We are very grateful for the Trust's commitment to the rowing club and for its ongoing support of our rowing community. You can read about the Trust and its work at http://www.whytheadvertiserisspecial.co.uk

ShanlyFoundationLogoThe 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.

This weekend marked the first race for 2015, the Weybridge Winter Head, which at the start of the week was a little in doubt due to the river. But the river chilled out and the race was on! The race was attended by our Junior Women's squad and saw some very close racing. And I'am glad to say the girls won Junior Women's 14 and 15 coxed quad sculls and Junior Women's double sculls, congratulations goes to these crews. Great way to start the year!

The girls WJ14/15 group had a good day at Weybridge Winter Head on Saturday 24th January.

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It had been uncertain right up to the preceding Thursday whether the river would drop sufficiently, but it did and we were rewarded with a great days racing in beautiful conditions. Here's Coach Huw's race report...

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