Adaptive rowing is for people with disabilities who participate in the sport of rowing. Anyone can get involved in rowing, regardless of physical disability, sensory or learning impairment. Adaptive Rowing is a fast growing and increasingly competitive area of the rowing scene with a growing number of local clubs (including Maiadaptive 4denhead) welcoming adaptive rowers from beginner up to international levels of experience.

The Adaptive squad was formed in 2017 to encourage and enable adaptive competitive and recreational rowing at Maidenhead Rowing Club for athletes in the club catchment area, and to host adaptive rowers from visiting clubs at Maidenhead Rowing Club events.

We are extremely grateful to the Shanly Foundation and the Peter Harrison Foundation for their generous donations that have enabled us to purchase two of our adaptive boats.

We train on a Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon, compete in events in the Thames Region to the Midlands, and host a programme of adaptive events at our annual summer regatta. We would love to hear from you if you would like to join us.

Watch the video here.


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The BR Thames Regional Rowing Council has more information on adaptive rowing here

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About Us

Since Eton Dorney hosted the rowing for the London 2012 Olympics, Maidenhead has seen the popularity of junior rowing increase substantially. Ex-Maidenhead Junior Rob Williams even took home a Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics. The Club has long standing success within the junior sector, with appearances at local to international events.

The Club aims offer opportunities for those coming to the sport for the first time; Junior "Learn to Row" courses take place in the Spring. Having completed the course, juniors may then move into the Beginners group. From there, the progression is to one of three age based squads; Junior Girls WJ14-15, Junior Girls WJ16-18 or Junior Boys J14-18.



Due to being a water sport, safety is paramount and all juniors need to demonstrate their ability to swim 100 metres in light clothing, and be taught the drill in the event of capsizing a boat. Until this has been done no juniors can be offered membership to the club.


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Maidenhead operates a waiting list, in order to manage this effectively; juniors who show real potential at the sport may be integrated into one of the Junior squads at an earlier opportunity.

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to row if they want to so, should you find that you are unable to afford membership due to your economic circumstances, you can apply to the committee for support. Each case is considered on its merits.


For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the captain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For membership information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the membership page here.


For guidance on the kit you will need look here.


2013 - 2014 Season Round Up


Last season proved to be a hugely successful one all round. As we look forward to another thrilling season, here's a look back at some of our favourite moments.









In 2014 we introduced a second stage to our Learn to Row courses which lasted 13 weeks. The aim was to further develop the technical skills of those wanting to take their rowing further.

After this second stage people can elect to take their rowing further still in one of the three main squads – the Recreation Squad, the Vets (Masters) Squads or if they want to join with the Senior Men and Women’s squads we run a bespoke Development Squad.

This aims to take people through to competitive rowing, looking at becoming full members of the Senior Squads in the following year.

The Dev Squad will train 4-5 times a week, usually two water sessions in the winter months on Saturday and Sunday and three in the spring and summer months when it is light enough to row in the evenings. Ergo sessions, runs, circuits and weights all feature in the land training.

We also take people into the Dev Squad who have done L2R programmes at other clubs. Entry to the Dev Squad is through our Learn to Row programmes or if you have done this elsewhere, contact the Club Captain in the first instance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Claires Court School Boat Club was founded in 1985 by Peter Jowitt, a teacher from the school. Boating from the old Maidenhead Rowing Club it had reasonable success in its first two years before John Rayer joined the school in 1987. John, an active Maidenhead Rowing Club member, joined the school’s rowing department and put a successful structure in place which allowed crews to make national finals and win medals. The first major success came in 1990 with a J16 2-selected to row for England in the Anglo-French Match.

Since then the Boat Club has gained successes at Henley Royal Regatta winning the Fawley Challenge Cup twice in 1997 and 1998 in a composite crew with Windsor Boys School.

Claires Court moved across the Thames with us in 1998 and in recent years has been guided by Tom Jost, another Maidenhead member who joined us as a Junior. Tom’s coaching team has developed the Boat Club into a successful squad consistently winning medals at national level and taking part in GB Trials.

Who are the Rec Squad?

The squad is a friendly group of men and women of all ages. It is ideal for rowers wishing to develop their skills and for building confidence following the Learn to Row course or for those who just enjoy the sport of rowing. We mainly scull*, using boats of all sizes, although there are also opportunities for sweep oar**.

Rec1When do we meet?

We are a sociable squad who generally meet three times a week - twice in the evenings and once at the weekend, making use of the bar or coffee and breakfast after exercising on the beautiful River Thames.

Between April and October we arrange a number of long rows, normally on the last Saturday in the month. The outings are sometimes up to Bourne End or Marlow, or downstream to Windsor, going through lovely countryside and pretty locks. The long rows include a pub lunch or picnic.









In the winter the river can be too high or fast flowing to row. Fortunately, we are situated just 2 miles from the excellent Dorney Lake, which was used for the 2012 Olympics. The lake isn’t affected by high rainfall, so we still have an opportunity to row, even when it’s not possible to do so on the river.













When rowing isn’t possible, we sometimes arrange a bike ride or walk, and there is always the option of using the clubs ergos (rowing machines) and weight training equipment. For a social outing and chance to refine our technique, we also arrange visits to indoor rowing tank facilities at the Docklands Regatta Centre or Oxford University.






The social side …



Although the squad isn’t competitive there are opportunities for the occasional race – for example at the fantastic Maidenhead Regatta.The club has a strong social side, which is an important part of the Rec Squad. Examples of fun events organised by members are meals out, barbeques, parties, balls, trips away and quiz nights.







Want to join us?



If you like what you hear, please contact our Rec Squad Captain - Richard Cox on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.








* Sculling – when a rower has two oars

** Sweep Oar – when a rower has one oar held with both hands

The Women Masters squad at Maidenhead Rowing Club (MRC) has approximately 15 active members with a range of experience and commitment.

Some of the squad rowed as juniors, coming back after a long gap, and some learned to row later in life, joining the squad to row competitively.


Maidenhead Rowing Club Kit Shop.


In this last year Maidenhead have returned to the original colour scheme for its racing all in ones, black bottoms green top with white piping. Please note that this will be the racing all in one with a two year changing over period from the old one to the new retro design.


We have 3 main suppliers New Wave, Pontoon and Crew Room. All of which offer the same new retro design all in one but have different supporting garments. Please follow the links. 







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