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.


To find out more contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                        Adaptive4adaptive 1

                                        adaptive 2adaptive 3




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.


Join Us

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.

This year's winter training started with a bang, following the participation of 3 Senior Women's (SW) quads taking part in an epic 100km row from Maidenhead to Pangbourne and back again! The 100km challenge was not only physically difficult in places but also presented a psychological struggle as opportunities to leave the boat were few and crews became increasingly tired. However, all 3 crews made it back- relatively unscathed but with very sore bottoms!

With the excitement of the 100km challenge now over the SW have started to focus on weekly training building up towards Pairs Head (October) and Fours Head (November) with Women's 8s head in March 2015.

Winter training consists of ergos twice weekly (Mon and Weds 6:30pm) concentrating on strength and endurance plus a weekly weights session (Tuesday 6:45pm) and a kickboxing session on a Thursday evening (7pm). We are lucky to have the use of the facilities at Claire's Court for the weights and kickboxing sessions, whilst the ergo sessions take place at the club house. The indoor winter training is supplemented at the weekend by water sessions at 7:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday. The weekend sessions are likely to be double sessions, with a longer endurance session first followed by a shorter technical session. Fear not though- you get to have a cup of tea and a quick bite to eat in between sessions!

The spring/summer season sees us leaving behind the long, endurance based head races and we start focusing more on sprint training with much more time on the water. Again, we meet Monday to Thursday followed by both days at the weekend. Many crews will have been training in their Henley Women's Regatta boats all winter in order to complete against top class competition at the end of June.

For those of you still wanting a bit of competition but who are not so keen on training for Henley, there are a variety of head races and regattas that you can enter or you may just want to focus on competing with yourself and making your own ergo times better.

We are very lucky to be guided by our excellent Captain, Amaia and we have secured weekend coaching from some very experienced (and successful) existing members.

Whatever drives you, whether you are a rower/ sculler, the Women's senior squad is welcoming and supportive to new members.

If you would like more information or have any questions please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Maidenhead Rowing Club Mens Squad

Winter training for 17-18 season starts now: take a look at the Senior Men here.

The Mens squad caters for members 18+ and aims to provide a competitive group to perform at the local domestic regattas from small boat heads to Henley Royal Regatta. Over the last few years we have sent members to GB trials and have also had members perform at European regattas.

Our main focus as a squad is small boats: we specialise in singles to fours.


We train on the water from 7am at the weekend along with two weekdays morning or evening. In addition to this we do weight training and ergos and a lot of cross training on the bikes with running and swimming also being included.

We have camps throughout the year, mainly in small boats, which squad members are recommended to attend.

The club has a highly competitive internal head race system that is held once a week, apart from race weekends. It varies in distance but enables members to get a racking and official timing. This is mandatory for the squad and can be done in any boat class.

If you are interested in joining please contact the Club Captain: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rowing Committee is responsible for managing all rowing activities to deliver club strategy. Led by the Club Captain, the committee comprises representation from all the squads and is supported by the Rowing Committee Secretary. The Captain reports to the Club Committee.





The committee meets monthly and depends on the active involvement of Squad captains to manages & resolves rowing tasks:



  • Boat & blade renewals
  • Cascade of equipment
  • Boat allocation,
  • Land training allocation
  • Water time allocation
  • Coaching and development pipeline for athletes, coxes and coaches
  • Boat, ergo, launch and trailer maintenance


Squad Captains do not lead rowing tasks, they are too busy! Volunteers are needed to support rowing tasks


The Rowing Committee Secretary is responsible for control and communication of key documents approved by the Rowing Committee.



Minutes from the Rowing Committee meetings can be found here.

Vesta Veterans HORR 2017 D8


Maidenhead Rowing Club welcomes Masters Rowers at all levels and ages. We have a very active membership of approximately 50 rowers and scullers covering a broad range of experience, from former GB Squad, National Champions and Henley Royal Regatta winners to those novices coming up from the Development Squad.


1 National Masters Championships 2018 Gold D4 and cupcakes

We are very much a competitive squad, not recreational, racing in a variety of heads and regattas near the club, on the tideway and further afield. We have produced impressive results and wins in events such as Henley Masters, National Masters, Veteran Fours Head, Pairs Head, Vesta Veterans’ Head of the River Race, Head of the Charles River and European competitions, as well as many club events around the country.

Maidenhead Regatta 2017 winners D8 D4 and E2x

Whether a novice rower or a performance athlete, we all share a passion for the sport, strive to develop good oarsmanship and hold dear the spirit of fellowship in our club. This is a squad that works together for the enjoyment of our magnificent sport.

We race in all boat types from 1x to 8+ and are seen on the river throughout the year. Organised squad water sessions are on Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Land training sessions (ergs, weights and circuits) take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


We recognise that work and life’s commitments sometimes get in the way of rowing, so members are welcome to tailor their involvement for land and water training accordingly.

If you are interested in joining please contact the Club Captain in the first instance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


                        Long distance row 2016 Oxford back to MaidenheadTwo men in a boat dont ask



Maidenhead Rowing Club has a number of rowing squads to suit a range of abilities and aspirations.  Select the squad of interest to you from the menu below.

If you require any further advice on what squad is most appropriate to you, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Junior Squad
Men's Squad
Women's Squad
Development Squad
Veteran Men's Squad
Veteran Women's Squad
Recreational Squad
Learn to Row


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.